UN calls for prosecution of perpetrators of human rights abuses in ThailandListen /
The UN human rights office is calling for the prosecution of officials in Thailand responsible for the deaths of over 90 people and injury to thousands of others during political violence in April and May 2010.
It is concerned that the amnesty bill being discussed in the Thai Parliament this week, if adopted, could pardon people involved in those serious human rights abuses.
Spokesperson Cécile Pouilly says the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is urging the government of Thailand to ensure that any amnesty excludes those responsible for the violations of human rights.
"On 6 July 2010, the Government established the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Thailand (TRCT) that issued a final report containing serious and substantive findings backed by forensic evidence and recommended urgent action to ensure accountability for human rights abuses. We reiterate the previous call by the High Commissioner for the Government to act on these recommendations and ensure that state officials and others are held to account for their role in serious human rights abuses." (34")
The UN human rights office says this would set an important precedent for Thailand.
Gerry Adams, United Nations.