Royalist leader accuses Amnesty International of double standards

Warong Dechgitvigrom, the royalist leader of Thai Phakdee Group, is calling for Amnesty International Thailand to comment on an incident in Pattaya where a pro-democracy demonstrator assaulted a tourist.

Warong was referring to an incident where a pro-democracy protest leader in Pattaya, Narathiwat “Kane” Khamma, head-butted a 52-year-old Russian man on Sunday.

Warong questioned why the human rights NGO did not come out to condemn this act of human rights violation.

“He was assaulted in front of his 10-year-old daughter but your organisation is not reacting to protect the people’s rights to think differently,” he wrote in a statement.

A human rights expert told Thai Enquirer that the case is an individual case while the person who committed the crime is now being prosecuted by the police.

The action that was done came from an individual which is not the same as when the government represses a whole group.

“The argument that this assault case is an act of human right violation is unsubstantial as this was clearly a case between two individuals,” the source said.

“At the same time, the police is already prosecuting the case and the culprit has also confessed to the crime so there is no need to call for action when a state action is already being taken,” the source added.

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