Will human rights become an issue again? According to one Thai news source, it might for Sathirathai. Some excerpts:
The Thai government is “immoral and dishonest” for promoting Deputy Prime Minister Surakiart Sathirathai as the next UN secretary-general while continuing to enforce emergency rule across the Muslim South, a leading human rights group said.
Surakiart’s bid “should be rejected by all countries with a genuine concern for human rights,” AHRC said in a statement.
Bill Fernandez, AHRC’s executive director, said it was “offensive” to promote a man who held key positions during a time when his government “consistently flouted international law and snubbed the best efforts of UN officials to improve human rights in its country.”
This is not the first time that Sathirathai has been attacked within his own country. His government is currently suing a former Ambassador to the UN for calling Sathirathai unqualified. There have been similar accusations about both Ban Ki-moon and the countries that support him. Our summary is here.
However, the good news for Sathirathai is that he has Pakistan’s endorsement!