Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Wednesday called on the United States to not intimidate Thailand over the enforcement of compulsory licensing (CL) on essential drugs that save millions of lives, adding that the Kingdom would comply with the World Trade Organisation (WTO)’s regulations on CL.
“I have clearly said that the government has signalled its reaction to the US. If they continue to fight back by saying that the situation in Thailand is worse, then it would have a negative impact because it would pressure us to use the CL,” he said. “We have already found other solutions.” (Nation)
And another version :
“I have sent a clear signal,” Mr Abhisit said. “If the US decides that the situation has worsened, I think it will produce a negative impact.
“There will be pressure from our society to expand CL if they treat us that way.” (Bangkok Post)
Another master piece of hypocrisy and cheap rethoric from Abhisit.
The Prime Minister follows exactly the same path than the Junta, Samak and Somchai governments, regarding the compulsory licences for drugs (breaking IP rights on medecines, using a very specific clause of the WTO about “national emergency or other circumstances of extreme urgency“.).
And his arrogance is simply astonishing : “if the US continues to fight back… then we will use… more CL” ! What a twisted logic and a dirty blackmail.
Let me translate to you : “we are stealing from you… but if you protest… then we will steal even more”.
My position in a nutshell : Thailand uses CL for instance for Plavix, an anti-clotting. But coronary problems ARE NOT A FREAKING NATIONAL HEALTH EMERGENCY NOR AN EXTREME URGENCY ! It’s absolutely not the spirit of the WTO agreement, even though I agree the WTO says that each country can define what is a “national health emergency”. But Thailand is playing with words.
The story is long and complicated. To know more, read my several articles.
A quick selection :
The thai elite refuses to pay for proper healthcare for the thai people. This is the reality. Military lunatics, Thaksinistas and empty Democrats… they are all walking on the same path. The path of contempt and lie.
They are stealing and they are proud of it, and they are hidding their heist behind a convenient moral argument (“you can’t let poor people with Aids die without drugs”). But Thailand is a not a poor country like Africa. And coronary problems can’t be compared to Aids.
And with the free cash they can pay themselves, buy military toys, etc.
Thailand pays for swedish jet fighters. But refuses to pays for western medecines. I mean it’s so easy to debunk the moral argument of those politicians.
It’s a shame.
And the worst point is : the NGO, (their role is to defend rights of the people) are cheering up the thai government for the CL policy ! That’s the surreal beauty of this story.
They don’t even see that they are playing the game of the military and the elite. In a way, even if I don’t want to be offensive against them (we need NGO, more than ever) I think they are the useful idiots.
USA and Europe should strike back and teach the thai government a serious lesson.