Update: On Amnesty International’s Intervention
As many of you know, we recently made a trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malalysia, to hold meetings with leaders and representatives of Thailand’s Red Shirt movement and also speak with local NGOs and concerned citizens regarding our application before the International Criminal Court on the April-May violence against protesters in Bangkok. On Saturday morning, Robert Amsterdam was invited on behalf of Amnesty Malaysia to give a brief presentation on his work, including, but not restricted to, his activities in Thailand in defense of the victims. Later in the week, we were informed that the event would be canceled by Amnesty Malaysia. There is some question about the reasons for the cancellation, but we were told that there was pressure from other offices of the organization.
We were very disappointed by the conduct of the organization, and maintain that the organization holds fundamental misunderstandings – if not conflicts of interest – with regard to the April/May violence and our role as advocates on behalf of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD).
In our opinion, it is one thing if a human rights organization makes a decision not to speak out and denounce the killings of unarmed protesters by military. It is, however, an entirely different matter when such an organization goes out of its way to prevent discussion and examination of these issues.
For more information, read the report over on Prachatai.
UPDATE: There is a comment piece posted over on Political Prisoners in Thailand, as well as an article on New Mandala. The comments section below the New Mandala piece contain some open debate on the issue at hand.