Dems to vote against 2 amnesty bills

The Democrat Party will vote against two amnesty bills expected to be taken up for deliberation in the first reading in the House of Representatives on Aug 7, opposition chief whip Jurin Laksanavisit said at parliament on Tuesday.

  • Published: 30/07/2013 at 03:30 PM
  • Newspaper section: breakingnews

Mr Jurin said the opposition, with the exception of the Bhumjaithai Party, decided at a meeting today to vote against the bills. 

Bhumjaithai, the second largest opposition party, wanted to further discuss this matter further at a party meeting on Wednesday before making a decision, he added.

There are now seven bills related to amnesty on the House of Representatives agenda - five "reconcilliation"  bills, the most recent filed by now-Labour Minister Chalerm Yubamrung, and two "amnesty" bills, one proposed by Pheu Thai MP Worachai Hema and the other by Pheu Thai MP Niyom Worapanya.

Mr Jurin said the bills proposed by Mr Worachai and Mr Niyom were likely to be deliberated together on Aug 7.

The Democrat Party would vote against them because they went against the rule of law by seeking amnesty for those who committed offences in areas of terrorism, arson of public and private property, murder and lese majeste.

The two bills might also in contravention of the principles of Section 30 of the constitution, which states that people must be treated equally in receiving legal protection.

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