Thursday, December 02, 2004

Proposal to Introduce National Security Laws in Thailand

BREAKING NEWS: After one month of the tragedy in Tak Bai, Southern Thailand since Oct 25, Thaksin government even have more aggressive step to introduce the National Security Law that provide the police to detain anyone without the trial.

This will be going to similar to the Internal Security Act (ISA) in Malaysia and Singapore. We are really worry about the human rights and democracy situation in Thailand especially under the Thaksin authoritarian adminstration.

The human rights violation cases increasing under his premiership. Now, to deal with the opponents or even the "extremist", he suggests to have something like ISA in Thailand. This is the first step for him to become the dictator. From the Malaysia and Singapore, we can see how these countries treat their opponents.

Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), in their press released mentioned:

A similar law if introduced into Thailand would have a chilling effect on
this struggle, and the entire political order would be adversely affected.
Although the pretext for introducing the law is the current concern with
catching "terrorists", such a law will apply to everyone.

As criminal cases are routinely fabricated for political reasons in
Thailand, there can be little doubt that any person in the country could become
a target of the law. Just going by the manner with which odious and outdated
criminal defamation provisions are applied to stifle legitimate criticism of
public figures, there are very good reasons for all people in the country to be
concerned by this latest proposal.

As we are going to celebrate the International Human Rights Day coming December 10, it's discourage that Thaksin came out with such repressive statement. However, as a human rights defender, we in the ASA and the people in Thailand will make sure Thaksin could not process his agenda.

As Thaksin only consults the Minsitry of Justice in Thailand, the judiciary in Thailand have to speak out the principle of "Rule of Laws".