Former Prime Minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, recently faced hard-hitting questions during his interview with BBC regarding the use of live ammunition during the crackdown of the “Red Shirt” protests in 2010. The aftermath left over 95 people dead and about 2,000 people injured in Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand.
Abhisit’s government created a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to examine the violation of human rights of his government and the military, which took two years to complete their findings. Interestingly the commission did not have any members from the Red Shirt movement, and many of their investigators were members or sympathizers of the Democrat Party and the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), also known as the Yellow Shirts.
The TRC findings was disputed and rejected by the Red Shirt groups, human rights activists along with the Pheu Thai Party, partly because of questionable accountability process and the absence of transparency.
Thailand is in a decisive state of transition, where democracy has been reestablished via a 2011 electoral outcome that saw Yingluck Shinawatra’s partnership of political parties obtaining the majority vote based on a 16-point election promise. Yingluck intends to keep her promises, one of it to bring about justice for those who died and who was injured during the protest.