Since Yingluck Shinawatra’s election as Prime Minister of Thailand this June, numerous changes to Thai laws have been proposed. These changes have included: a raise in the national minimum wage, a new war on drugs, and most recently, the introduction of the new Thai Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
On September 20th Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra announced that the government will conduct a widespread review of political trials, prosecutions, and lese majeste cases occurring since the 2006 coup that overturned Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
The Thai government’s decision was made after Truth for Reconciliation Commission released its second report on September 16th 2011, which contained seven recommendations in connections with the political violence and widespread protests that gripped Thailand in 2010.
Government spokesperson Thitima Chaisang insisted that the Prime Minister wished “to end conflict in the country”. Are these developments a step towards true reconciliation and justice within Thailand, or are they just more politics?