The Thai government has published several reports on human rights issues in Thailand, including the problems in violent Southern Thailand.
These reports differ drastically from reports published by NGOs. These differences will be discussed at the UN’s Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday.
Given the widespread inability among Thai officials to admit mistakes, and to take credit for imaginary accomplishments, this isn’t surprising, but it’s nice that someone shines the spotlight on it.
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A protest leader reported that the Thai government is restricting reporters from being near the conflict zone. The government claims that it’s for their own safety. This has yet to be confirmed on foreign media.
The more likely reason is to hide the brutality of the military’s actions. In my earlier post, I suspected that the shooting of the reporters seemed intentional. I suspected that the intentional targeting of reporters were to prevent them from filming the carnage. I now feel more confident that I am right.
Update: This has been confirmed in the Bangkok Post.