Thailand Appeal, Please endorse:
The repression that has fallen upon the Thai opposition,
the violence and the abuses of the regime haven’t brought about the
international solidarity and condemnation which the situation demands.
In these conditions, the authorities have a free hand to carry out their
policy to crush the democratic movement.
It is to try to change this situation that we take the
initiative to present before you this proposal of international call for
an end to the repression suffered by the Red Shirts.
It is already extremely serious that such repression can
take place in Thailand without causing practically any response at an
international level. This appeal has two simple objectives: to call to
international solidarity and to demand of the Thai regime that it puts
an end to repression and that it respects basic human and democratic
Against Repression in Thailand
For more than two months, the Red Shirts have mobilised
with decisiveness and purpose in the streets of Bangkok to support their
demands of democracy and social justice.
The government led by Abhisit Vejjajiva chose to respond
to these demands with violence and repression. It committed a serious
violation against human rights when it authorised the use of military
hardware to dissolve the demonstrations. The result was extremely
serious: there were at least 89 dead and nearly 2000 wounded.
Today, democratic rights are not respected: there are 99
arrest warrants against opponents. The places where most of the
detainees are held are kept secret. The government has imposed
censorship on the alternative media. The penalties incurred are
especially severe: from 3 to 15 years for “lese majesty” to the death
penalty for “terrorism”.
The Red Shirts are being treated by the government as if
they were “terrorists”. It is a complex movement, but its members are
whose most elementary political rights –like the respect due to the
result of an election—have been ignored.
The Thai government can continue to repress the Thai
people freely, because its constant violations against human rights have
not been confronted by international solidarity and condemnation. We
make a call to all progressive and democratic organizations to demand
the end of the repression and the respect of fundamental rights in
Thailand; to start an international campaign to obtain the freedom of
political prisoners and the end of intimidation and inculpation of the
We demand from the Thai government that it raises the
State of Urgency and immediately re-establishes democratic freedoms in
the country; that it ends the repression against the Red Shirts and that
all prisoners are freed without any delay.