Target: Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra
Goal: Make sure perpetrators of human rights abuses are punished for their crimes.
A proposal in Thailand’s parliament would provide blanket amnesty for serious abusers of human rights, by preventing prosecution. The bill is being expanded to include leaders from past political protests, soldiers, and authorities who carried out punishments during demonstrations.
It is imperative that such a dangerous bill not be passed in Thailand’s parliament. Unfortunately, the recent draft has become worse than the original; at first the legislation only included protesters who were charged, prosecuted, and convicted for actions against the state during a coup. Now the bill has been broadened to include soldiers and political leaders. Prime Minister Shinawatra had promised to prosecute those who harmed innocent people, but with this current bill she is going back on her word. The bill will allow hardened human rights abusers to get away with the bloodshed they caused. Human rights activists believe that the Prime Minister is doing this as a political and military move.
The bill is targeted towards the bloody conflict that took place on March to May, 2010, when the democratic party “Red Shirts” fought against the current Prime Minister of the time, Abhisit Vejjajiva, alongside other leaders of the northeastern provinces. During the conflict, 98 people died and 2,000 were injured. A report conducted by Human Rights Watch found that the violence was excessive and unnecessary, especially on the part of the Thai army. Soldiers were given orders to shoot unarmed civilians, and when the United Nations gave the administration recommendations on how to proceed with the conflict, it was ignored.
The point of this bill is to wipe away the blame. It is meant to wash away the blood from the hands of these murderers, but many of the victims still remember what the army did. Not only is this bill going to anger the citizens of Thailand, it is denying justice to those who suffered. The Prime Minister of Thailand should realize that this bill is undercutting the legal system in her nation. Sign this petition if you oppose this bill.
Dear Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra,
I am writing this letter to express my opposition to the bill that provides blanket amnesty to those who violated the rights of your citizens. The bill I am speaking of will prevent the prosecution of political leaders, soldiers, and authorities, specifically targeting those involved in the violent conflict of March to May, 2010.
I cannot stand to let this bill pass because you are ignoring the 98 people who were killed by your soldiers, and the 2,000 others who were wounded. By not prosecuting criminals and killers, you are allowing them to be set loose upon your nation. Do you not realize the message you are sending to the military, and to the rest of your citizens? I am imploring you to shoot down this bill, and to oppose it with every fiber of your being. It is not right to ignore the atrocities committed by your soldiers and political leaders.
[Your Name Here]
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