In the world of politics, where strategic moves and power plays define the course of the nation, a new game changer has emerged. The Internet Law Reform Dialogue (iLaw), in a recent grand reveal, has introduced a bill of amnesty. This bill is a game-changing play as it offers pardon to everyone implicated in political pursuits stretching back from September 19, 2006, to the present day.
The curtain over this comprehensive amnesty legislation was lifted during a seminar hosted by iLaw. The bill naturally caused ripples across the political scene, prompting several voices to urge the Pheu Thai Party-helmed alliance to lend their backing to this proposal. Representing a milestone towards fostering political reconciliation, the pertinence of this bill lies in its reach across all political factions.
The highlight of this event was the address by Benja Apan, a political activist currently entangled in a criminal lawsuit pertaining to her previous political engagement. She lauded the bill as a beacon of legal safeguard for herself and her fellow activists – a protection that seemed nearly non-existent for the past couple of decades.
Digging into the details, Ms. Apan subdivides the proposed amnesty into two categories. Primarily, the bill envisions immediate amnesty for those whose prosecution, to begin with, was questionable. This includes ordinary citizens who were tried in military courts for non-compliance with National Council for Peace and Order edicts. Furthermore, those sued for contravening Section 112 of the Criminal Code, the Emergency Decree, or 2016 referendum law are also covered under the ‘instant amnesty’ umbrella.
“These cases are apparently political, and these years of prosecution were uncalled for,” said Ms. Apan, defending the bill’s proposition. The secondary amnesty, she explained, would be dealt with by a committee. They will examine the groundwork of other criminal trials linked with political frenzy. The ultimate goal is determining which were genuinely prompted by political intent.
Blueprinting the committee, Ms. Apan envisages a 19-member team comprising the speaker of the parliament, the opposition leader, and the chief whip. The representation will be democratic, including leaders from all political parties and individuals who have faced legal ramifications since the 2006 military coup.
Another renowned attendee at the seminar, Amorn Amornratananont, a former yellow-shirt People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) loyalist, expressed personal endorsement for this amnesty bill. He firmly believed that this inclusive piece of legislation could be instrumental in eclipsing past political altercations. It symbolizes a forward-looking approach, capable of healing old battle wounds, and hence, marks a crucial point in this political landscape.