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US senators introduce resolution in support of Thailand’s pro-democracy movement

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The US Senate has called on the Thai government to end violence against political activists, as it introduced a resolution in support of the pro-democracy movement. 9 members of Congress introduced the resolution, including Thai-American senator Tammy Duckworth, who has previously served in the US military.

“As a Thai-American who fought to protect the right to peacefully protest here at home, I know that both the longstanding, strong relationship between the US and Thailand as well as every individual’s inalienable democratic rights are critically important to uphold and defend. Thailand is a strong partner with the US, both in terms of our shared national security priorities and economic relations, and the Thai people have a proud history of democratic reform. I urge Thai leadership to listen to the people and respect the democratic principles at the heart of the government they’ve worked so hard to form.”

A press release from the Senate says the resolution, “underscores the United States’ commitment to human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Thailand. The senators’ resolution follows recent demonstrations by Thailand’s pro-democracy movement, which have been met with violence and repression by the country’s monarchy and government.”

The resolution says the military-drafted 2017 Constitution is at the root of the problem, accusing it of eroding democracy and the protection of citizens’ rights in the Kingdom. It points out that in the 2019 election, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha managed to maintain his grip on power through the support of an unelected Senate appointed by the military. The election is seen by many independent monitoring groups as having been deeply flawed and skewed in favour of the PM and his administration.

The resolution also criticises the dissolution of the opposition party, Future Forward, saying that process too was flawed and based on spurious accusations. It also claims the Thai government has not done enough to investigate the enforced disappearances and killings of Thai political activists elsewhere in Asia.

The government’s response to the ongoing political protests has also come in for criticism, with the resolution saying it consists of, “intimidation tactics, surveillance, harassment, arrests, violence and imprisonment”, prompting UNICEF to voice concern over the risks to children attending political rallies.

Meanwhile, Senator Bob Menendez says pro-democracy activists in Thailand are only seeking what’s fair.

“Thailand’s reformers are not seeking a revolution. They are simply yearning for democratic changes to their country’s political system, for freedom of speech and assembly, and for Thailand to be a part of the community of democratic nations.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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43 Comments

43 Comments

  1. Avatar

    John

    Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 10:37 am

    Enough is enough. I will begin an insurgency in Southern California. This government has to go.

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      Carlo Costantini

      Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 10:21 pm

      Southern Cal only? What about the heart of darkness “NYC”?

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      Sara

      Monday, December 7, 2020 at 7:17 pm

      @John
      You’re right.
      What is the U.S. government’s involvement? It is an interference in Thai internal affairs. Are the Thai people meddling in internal problems in the US?
      For months there have been demonstrations in Thailand; now there is an intervention by the US Senate. Strange coincidence. This gives credence to certain theses 😉

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        Richard

        Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 6:31 pm

        The ones in support are quilty as hell in this farse of an Presidential election.

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 11:41 am

    lol

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    gosport

    Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    Well, does Uncle Sam have the abilities to do so now?

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    Issan John

    Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    Thia could hardly be more ironic coming from a country whose president took office by what he called “a landslide” despite losing the popular vote, who has loaded the courts in an attempt to use the “constitution” to keep himself in power, which has abused basic human rights since it was founded, violently suppressed peaceful civil rights protests, including recently, openly keeps people imprisoned for decades without any form of trial, abuses its military power more than any other, and has an onging official policy of kidnapping, torturing and killing dissenters abroad.

    This would be funny if it wasn’t quite so hypocritical.

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      Carlo Costantini

      Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 10:39 pm

      Trump is an idiot. This is well documented since the 1980s. But honestly, do you actually think Biden or anyone else will do any better? If so, I suspect that you have not read “The Republic” by Plato & I know that you have not read the political playbook, aka “The Prince” by Machiavelli. For example, the playbook suggests that Biden will simply begin a PR campaign against a new demon (probably Republican Senate or, if they gain the Senate, blame an ephemeral group like “1%ers” like Obama did when Dems had all 3 power positions (I had huge hopes for Obama, btw) Lately, I have realized that people who support politicians, instead of taking 1 hour out of each actually helping people (not just a tax-deductible donation), are enablers of the injustices you mentioned. You can still change…I did. Consider this: the above mentioned works are available at any library.

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        Issan John

        Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 5:15 pm

        Honestly?

        Given the options, it was choosing between a clown and C3PO for President, and not dissimilar to the UK’s recent general election where it wasn’t so much a case of who do you want for PM but who do you NOT want.

        You’ve got my sympathy, but that doesn’t help …

        … and,unfortunately, the nearest library with those is probably a few thousand kms away

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      rob

      Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 12:03 am

      You really are a dope aren’t you? HAHAHA

    • Avatar

      Texpat

      Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 3:58 pm

      Yeo. But his ass just got voted out. Prayut?

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      John

      Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 10:30 pm

      You’ve been in Thailand waaaaaaay to long. Peaceful protesters burned down tens of thousands of businesses and killed hundreds of Americans. All because of some black criminal over dosed on his own drugs while being arrested. America is ripe for civil war and a purge.

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    I wonder if anyone has applied to the International criminal court for the arrest of certain members of the Thai government for crimes against humanity.
    I can see a few violations, that require investigation.
    That would certainly get the Thai dictators attention, knowing the results would be outside of Thailand and out of their corrupt control.

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      Issan John

      Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 4:43 pm

      Maybe you could detail those “violations” …..

      ….. or maybe not.

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        Toby Andrews

        Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 8:43 am

        Yes I could . . .

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          Issan John

          Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 5:16 pm

          Do feel free to … anytime …

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            Toby Andrews

            Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 5:40 pm

            persecution on political grounds.
            The enforced disappearance of persons
            The prevention of free speech, by arbitrary arrest.
            The right of equality before the law.
            Read Human Rights Watch Thailand 2019, for more.

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    kenny

    Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    Tammy is a American! Thai media often refer to her as being a Thai American , with the enfercise on Thai! she has been able to reach her standing by living in America. for all it’s faults the USA is a democratic country and not as racist as some may think . Thailand needs to take a long hard look at its self! can you imagine a farang Thai having any sort of government post in Thailand !!!!

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      Issan John

      Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 5:04 pm

      “can you imagine a farang Thai having any sort of government post in Thailand !!!!”

      Ummm ….. well ….. luk kreung ….. yes, very easily.

      Prince Chakrabongse Bhuvanath married a Ukranian, Ekaterina “Katya” Desnitskaya and their son was Major General Prince Chula Chakrabongse.

      Prince Rangsit Prayurasakdi, who founded the public health ministry, married Elisabeth Scharnberger from Germany, and they had three children including Princess Charulaksana Kalyani Rangsit.

      As for the numkber of luk kreung who are part Chinese in “any sort of govenment post”, are you serious?

      ….. and just look at how many “Thai” entrants in Miss World and who are in the entertainment industry are luk kreung …..

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        James Pate

        Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 1:05 pm

        Yes. If we broaden this category to include those with one non-Thai parent born outside Thailand, we’re going to get a long list, perhaps a few MPs and an occasional senator. Briefly, there were questions about PM Barnharn’s father’s actual nationality, which were rather quickly silenced.

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          Issan John

          Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 5:30 pm

          IIRC Banharn was allegedly born in China …..

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            James Pate

            Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 7:45 pm

            PM Barnharn was definitely born in Suphan Buri. I believe the question was whether his father had ever truly been naturalized. If not, he would not have been qualified to be PM. At least that’s how I remember it.

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      Issan John

      Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 5:56 pm

      “… for all it’s faults the USA is a democratic country …”

      How can a country be “democratic” by any recognised definition of the word (and I do mean ‘any’) when two out of the last five presidents lost the popular vote by millions?

      … when an elected senator from one part of the country represents sixty times as many people as an elected senator from another part, both with the same power?

      The USA can rightly claim to be many things, few of them good, but being “a democratic country” isn’t one of them.

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        Texpat

        Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 4:06 pm

        Any-Americanism is so boring. Where are you from?

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          Issan John

          Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 5:22 pm

          Since you ask, born and raised in the UK, dual nationality (plus at least one more if I made the effort), worked mainly overseas (mainly Middle and Far East), lived in Thailand for nearly thirty years (retired early).

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            Toby Andrews

            Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 5:45 pm

            Ah you are part Thai – that would explain a lot.
            Now don’t be shy what are you?
            other members, please don’t answer.

            .
            .
            .lol

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      Issan John

      Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 6:16 pm

      … and FWIW, it wasn’t “Thai media” who called Tammy Duckworth a “Thai American” but Tammy Duckworth herself
      (“… as a Thai-American …”)

      She also forgot to mention that while she “fought to protect the right to peacefully protest here at home”, being badly injured in the process, the reality is unfortunately that she lost as Americans sadly but all too clearly have no such right.

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      Sara

      Monday, December 7, 2020 at 8:01 pm

      @kenny

      USA are not a democratic country.

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      Sara

      Monday, December 7, 2020 at 8:14 pm

      USA are not a democratic country.

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        Whiro

        Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 2:30 pm

        There is no democratic country in the world

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    Denis

    Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    LO
    What a surprise !
    So, it is clear : USA is behind this manipulation.

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      bootsyXiaoLing

      Friday, December 18, 2020 at 9:34 am

      Classic excuses from supporters of dictators and authoritarians. The US Senator is THai-AMerican you fool. Now go sing songs praising Emperor Xi.

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    Manu

    Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    Blah blah blah… So they are not happy with this military government anymore although both Thai and US armies were doing “joint training” as recently as August (but under Trump)… But then they did not obtain what they really always wanted: an army base in Thailand. The US are loosing even further their grip on this part of the world, China is (has) permanently taking (taken) over… And the US cannot accept that. Does anyone listen and/or believe anymore this “democratic rights” BS??? From the US (or any Western country)??? I do not think so.

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      Denis

      Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 8:22 am

      @Manu
      Exactly… USA is only looking for money interest all around the planet.
      Thaïland is a real problem because they made a deal with China and forget about USA more and more.
      It has nothing to do with democracy.. Only have to do with money

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        Whiro

        Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 2:34 pm

        What are the other countries looking for around the planet other than the money Americans look for ???

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        习近平皇帝

        Friday, December 18, 2020 at 9:40 am

        Praise Heil Emperor Xi and his little brother Prayut! Dictatorship is freedom! Human rights are slavery! Up is down and down is up!

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      Sara

      Monday, December 7, 2020 at 8:59 pm

      @Manu
      I totally agree with you :
      All over the world, when a government does not accept what the United States demands, they try to overthrow it in order to install a regime in their boot, which they will call “democracy” because it does better for public opinion.
      They act according to their own interests. The fate of the people does not include them.

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        Toby Andrews

        Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 5:48 pm

        I like that line Sara{ The fate of the people does not include them.

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          Sara

          Friday, December 11, 2020 at 1:17 am

          Thank you !

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    James Pate

    Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    More yellow shirts going to Wireless Road. As for the US Ambassador, couldn’t happen to a more deserving fellow.

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    pravit

    Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    this lady no idea
    say relathionship between country but is bullshit and usa need stays in them owner place and shut up only ,all world don’t like america .
    but about thailand first at all need be eliminate pm prayut and stop with royalty ,this is over
    time to have republic only.
    this is future
    or they never talk coz are only dictators

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      Whiro

      Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 6:20 pm

      Your google translation sucks.

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    John

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 2:05 am

    They need to preface this with, “Democratic” Senators …

    Pretty bold questioning Thai elections when there are serious issues facing US elections right now.

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