Monday, October 16, 2006

Abolition of Death Penalty - Thongbai Thongpao

In listing tasks worthy of attention for the new interim Minister of Justice, Mr. Charnchai Likhitjittha, Thongbai Thongpao, renowned human rights lawyer, lists the following:

…..a lack of justice is the root cause of several major problems that call for immediate solutions today. In the war against drugs during the Thaksin administration, thousands were killed without trial despite complaints to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. The National Human Rights Commission had also submitted a report on the need for a probe into the issue to the Thaksin government, but no action was taken.

Therefore, it would be nice if the new minister reconsiders this issue and installs safeguards to prevent such extrajudicial killings from happening again.

A call for the abolition of capital punishment should also be considered now that more than half of all countries in the world have already lifted it.

I wholeheartedly support the policy to create justice without indiscrimination. For problems in the deep South, many are of the opinion that they are caused not by differences in races and religions or by separatists but rather by abuses of authority by officials and years of being treated unfairly. By restoring justice, peace will prevail in the region.

Bangkok Post, 15th October 2006

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