One more people's amnesty bill to be put forward
Relatives of those killed in the April-May 2010 crackdown plan to submit their version of an amnesty bill just ahead of the parliament considering six others next month.
- Published: 14/07/2013 at 02:29 PM
- Newspaper section: topstories
United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship hold a rally in April, 2013 in memoray of those who were killed during the April 10, 2010 political violence. (Photo by Patipat Junthong)
Payao Akkahad, the mother of 25-year-old Kamolkade Akkahad, a medical volunteer who was killed inside Wat Pathum Wanaram on 19 May 2010, said the relatives of the crackdown victims used to support Worachai Hema's bill, but did not realise how inadequate the details were.
Currently, there are six bills concerning an amnesty for those involved or affected by the political upheavals since the Sept 19, 2006 coup.
Mrs Payao said she hoped that society and the political parties will sympathise and recognise the sincere and desperate push for a specific amnesty by those whose loved ones were killed and injured.
"People from all colours will be freed from any offence made and to be made against them, except the core leaders," Mrs Payao said.
On July 16, the relatives will submit a five-page draft bill to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and on July 24 to the Parliament speaker, she said.
"Hopefully, the ruling parties should sign up, either to submit our draft bill or take the contents of it into consideration," said Mrs Payao.
Punsak Srithep, the father of the 17-year-old Samapun Srithep who was killed on May 15, 2010 on Ratchaprarop Road, said the draft bill had four points not included in the Worachai Hema bill.
Mr Worachai's bill seeks an amnesty for security authorities who launched and ordered the crackdowns, but this bill would bring those who made the decision to justice, said Mr Punsak.
The draft bill, he said, would allow judicial lawsuits against people or groups (such as the dubious men in black) that caused deaths, including Col Romklao Tuvatham, and or caused damage to private property such as shopping malls.
The people's draft bill does not prevent private entities whose properties were damaged from launching civil suits against arsonists, he said.
The Worachai bill also did not mention solutions for those unjustly jailed, he said.
"We specify which actions, not the persons, will be amnestied. Our amnesty will also end prosecutions or free them from prisons as well as the arrest warrants," said Mr Punsak.
Payao Rodphai, whose elder brother, 61-year-old Yuen Phothingkham, was shot on May 17 in the Rangnam area and died four days later, said she did not feel like the amnesty should trade a return of Thaksin Shinawatra and immunity for the military.
"We would like him to come home, but we also want to bring the killers to the justice and this is not an issue of exchange since (Thaksin's) offence, if any, is far less serious than the murder by the authorities," said the 62-year-old Payao Rodphai.
The group of relatives felt the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) had not done enough to push for justice and had misunderstood the goodwill of the people's bill.
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- Writer: Achara Ashayagachat
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