May 18, 2004

Thai Human Rights Abuses

It appears that Thailand's Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has finally
agreed a £60m deal with Liverpool FC to buy about 30% of the club.

There have been a catalogue of terrible human rights abuses that have occurred in Thailand during the Shinawatra regime's period of administration. The shocking list of abuses reported by independent bodies such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have included:

  • disappearances of drug addicts
  • mistreating refugees
  • abuse of prisoners
  • repression of migrant workers
  • extrajudicial executions

It comes to something when a football club will put an attempt at short term success ahead of fundamental human rights. No football club should have anything to do with a regime that supports what amounts to the 'ethnic cleansing' of the poor and the addicted. The dodgy way in which Roman Abramovich made the millions he is using to fund Chelsea is one thing, genocide is quite another.