Former foreign minister of Thailand weighs in on Thailand's crisis.
I have watched Thailand’s free fall into the abyss with deep sadness. At this very moment, Thais are killing Thais and the situation is getting worse by the minute with no end in sight. The violence clearly has a momentum of its own after Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s latest decision to use force against the protesters on March 14. This destructive momentum must be stopped now.
We have seen through the eyes of the international press that the use of force against civilians has been excessive, in clear violation of the principle of proportionality. We have seen targeted assassinations, as well as random killings on the streets of Bangkok.
Prime Minister Abhisit told the international press that there are no other options available except for the use of military force. I cannot disagree more.
Abhisit must be mindful that in addition to the domestic criminal liability he may face for ordering or allowing the use of force against civilian protesters, he may face international criminal prosecution as well. Under international law, the widespread or systematic attacks directed against any civilian population can be considered crimes against humanity.
An International Criminal Court inquiry has recently found that crimes against humanity may have been committed during a bloody crackdown on protesters in Guinea back in 2009. The ICC is investigating human rights situation in Kenya, Uganda, the Congo, and the Central African Republic.