The Democrat Party issued a statement on May 7, 2013 in response to Yingluck Shinawatra’s speech about human rights and democracy when she was invited by the President of Mongolia at the 7th Ministerial Conference of Communities of Democracies.
One of the issue brought about by the Democrats was the alleged mass killings of drug addicts initiated by the Prime Minister then. According to Noppadon Pattama, which is confirmed by government sources:
The claim that there were thousands of extrajudicial killings during Dr. Thaksin‘s “war of drugs” campaign is wholly wrong. According to an official report written by Anti-Narcotic Bureau, there were only 50 cases of drug related cases and deaths. The figures of 2,500 deaths represent deaths from all causes and crimes during certain period. Dr. Thaksin Shinawatra has never adopted any shoot to kill policy and certainly never had ordered any law enforcement officer to kill anyone.
The more I look at the political situation in Bangkok the more I wonder in bewilderment at the extreme exaggeration of lies cooked by the anti-Thaksin and anti-RedShirt groups. The core existence of the Democrats and the ultra-fascists (Yellow Shirts factions) is to make Thaksin look like a devil, and those associated with him are spawns. This results in people expressing themselves with hate in their hearts.
The Democrat Party leader, Abhisit Vejjajiva, purposely did not mention about the violation of human rights during the crackdown as declared in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, for peaceful assembly: Article 20(1).
Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
That is the right of the people. We know the Red Shirt demonstrators peacefully mobilized in Bangkok to exercise their right but was declared as terrorists by Abhisit who was then the unelected Prime Minister, and killed by the army.