Thailand trying to overcome the Abhisit factor

The National News Bureau of Thailand reports:

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has assured the United Nations of the government’s intention to promote and protect human rights and democracy. 

During her official visit to Switzerland, PM Yingluck met with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay. The Thai Premier told the UN High Commissioner that the Thai government had always placed its emphasis on human rights and democracy, as these two pillars were the heart of the government. She gave an example of the Rohingya asylum seekers, affirming that Thailand would take good care of these migrants and would find the best solution for them. The Thai Premier expressed her willingness for Thailand to be a bridge for those with different views on human rights. 

International bodies must recognize that Thailand is going through the process of democracy, justice and change. The complication of rival arch-political opposition, such as from the Democrat Party, prevents the Government from fully utilizing the process, resources and opportunities to lay down some of the infrastructure for social development. Thais are not happy with the political state of rivalries, evidently clear from the soap opera that can be found in the Parliament and recently the rubber riots which was made worse by the involvement of southern Democrat politicians.

Yingluck has made repeated attempts to bridge the political divide, but has faced stiff objections from Abhisit Vejjajiva, the Opposition Leader. Abhisit’s attitude of rejecting reconciliation process and the Unity Forum reveals his true intention of wanting the power that he lost. With such resistance at consultative process, Thailand fears a future without democracy and their rights of due process.

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