Comparing the 2006 Military Coup in Thailand and the 2009 Coup in Honduras: Internal Socio-Political Similarities and External Normative Differences
Infinity Journal, Vol. 1, No. 4, pp. 3-9, 2009
9 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2009
Date Written: August 26, 2009
The political circumstances underlying the Military Coups that took place in Thailand and Honduras in September 19, 2006 and June 28, 2009 respectively show some important similarities. Both coups were undertaken by conservative elements in order to remove populist elected leaders from their posts. Moreover, in both cases the populist leaders enjoyed the support of the great majority of the rural population. Nevertheless this paper attempts to explain how different international and regional norms shaped the regional and international reactions to the two coups. In the case of the Thai Coup the norm of non-interference was upheld by the Association of Southeast Asian States as well as by the rest of the International Community while in the Honduran case the norm of “protection of democracy” and “the rule of law” were upheld by the Association of American States and the rest of the International Community. This paper argues that the international community and other regions should learn from the prompt and decisive response to the Coup in Honduras based on a normative shift away from sovereignty as an absolute right and towards sovereignty as responsibility.
Keywords: Honduras, Thailand, Military Coup, ASEAN
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