Following a 1932 coup d'etat in Thailand that ended absolute monarchy and established a constitution, the Thai state that emerged has suppressed political dissent through detention, torture, forced reeducation, disappearances, assassinations, and massacres. In Plain Sight shows how these abuses, both hidden and occurring in public view, have become institutionalized through a chronic failure to hold perpetrators accountable. Tyrell Haberkorn's deeply researched revisionist history of modern Thailand highlights the legal, political, and social mechanisms that have produced such impunity and documents continual and courageous challenges to state domination.
Tyrell Haberkorn is a fellow in the Department of Political and Social Change in the School of International, Political and Strategic Studies at Australian National University. She is the author of Revolution Interrupted: Farmers, Students, Law, and Violence in Northern Thailand.
Preface Abbreviations Note on Language, Translation, and Dates Introduction: Impunity as State Formation 1 The Repetition of Arbitrary Detention 2 The Birth of Human Rights and the Rise of Authoritarianism 3 The Burning of People and Villages 4 The Hidden Transcript of Amnesty 5 Accounting for Human Rights at the End of the Cold War 6 Disappearance and the Jurisprudence of Impunity 7 Who Can Be Killed with Impunity and Who Cannot Be Impugned Conclusion: History in a Time of Dictatorship Appendix: A New, Partial Chronology of Thai History Notes Bibliography Index