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10 November 2010 :: 18:11:35 pm 45690

Is UK’s Premier About To Make The Biggest Faux Pas Of His Career?

UK premier David Cameron’s ambivalency is being demonstrated in so far as he is prepared to merrily trip off to Thailand for Xmas, a country accused by the UDD of human rights’ abuses, yet he is preparing to denounce the Chinese for the self same thing.
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November 10: UK’s PM David Cameron is receiving flack over his intended Christmas holiday in Thailand on the grounds that it will show that he condones the Thai government’s crackdown on Red-Shirt protestors in May this year that resulted in the death of 91 demonstrators and injured over 1,900 more. These measures and others, including general suppression of free speech, especially by the closure or blocking of 277,610 websites to date, are blackening Thailand’s international reputation as a state which perpetrates human rights abuses as a matter of course. The irony of the matter is that Cameron is due to lecture the Chinese on human rights’ abuses in his present trip there. Questions are being asked about his ambivalency, on the one hand scolding China and on the other remaining silent on the extreme reactions of Thailand.

The Red Shirts submitted a petition in October to the International Criminal Court alleging human rights’ abuses and are attempting to gain international support for their cause, particularly for the release of 17 of their leaders currently in Bangkok Remand Prison on terrorism charges. These prominent Red Shirts are merely the tip of the iceberg, however. As regards the hundreds of others arrested, the Human Rights Watch (HRW), in a statement released on Sept23, this year, had this to say:

“Despite reports that hundreds of people have been detained and interrogated under the Emergency Decree in locations controlled by security forces, the CRES (Centre for the Resolution of Emergency Situations) has so far failed to provide information about the exact number of those detained and their current whereabouts to their families.”

Further, Somchai Preecha-silpakul, former Dean of Chiang Mai University’s Law Faculty stated in the same month: “The Abhisit government called the leaders of the red shirts terrorists, and the police merely charged them accordingly. Using the law like this is very dangerous when the government uses the charge against its opponents. It will allow anyone to use the law and call their opponents ‘terrorists’.”

A UK Labour opposition MP, Jeremy Corbyn, has already been noted as saying that PM Cameron should ‘think very carefully about the message he is sending, before he sets off with his family to a country that has seen protesters killed and badly injured in clashes with troops.” Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is also being accused of ‘ordering the military operation and being responsible, along with 14 other senior figures, for targeted assassinations, torture, illegal detention and inhumane acts by military forces,’ in the words of the UK Daily Mail, from which this article is partially adapted.

As for Cameron’s Beijing visit, he is apparently intent on trying to show the Chinese the error of their ways, much as he did on his previous visit as opposition leader of the in 2007, when he offended the Chinese government by calling for democracy. This time, he is set to go one step further by actually denouncing their repressive political regime and highlighting human rights’ abuses, particularly their treatment of Nobel peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo, who has been jailed for 11 years for calling for political reform, and banned from travelling to the UK.

The astonishing thing is that Cameron is ostensibly in China mainly to encourage bilateral trade to the tune of £62billion by 2015 and thereby rescue Britain’s ailing economy. It seems a very strange way of going about it by denouncing their regime!

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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