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25 Oct 2019
Thai authorities over five years of military rule prosecuted numerous peaceful critics of the government to stay in power, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
10 Sep 2019
Since the announcement that bones bones found in Kaeng Krachan Dam have been confirmed to be those of Karen environmental activist and community rights defender Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen, who went missing in 2014. Several human rights organizations have since called for the Thai authorities to conduct an investigation into his abduction and murder.
9 Sep 2019
Thai authorities should urgently investigate the apparent enforced disappearance of Od Sayavong, a refugee from Laos and prominent critic of the Lao government, Human Rights Watch said today (7 September). Od, 34, was last seen at his house in Bangkok’s Bueng Kum district on August 26, 2019.
27 Aug 2019
Thailand: Investigate Detainee’s DeathProsecute Wrongdoing, End Torture in Military Custody August 26, 2019 Thai authorities should immediately conduct an independent and credible investigation into the death of a suspected insurgent after being interrogated in military custody. Abdulloh Esormusor, 34, died on August 25, 2019, after more than a month-long coma.
16 Aug 2019
Thai authorities should carry out an effective investigation, open to public scrutiny, into the abduction and intimidation of Eakachai Itsaratha, a community rights activist in Phatthalung province, Human Rights Watch said today.
12 Aug 2019
The Australian government should press the Laogovernment to take serious steps to remedy its poor human rights record at the 6th Australia-Laos human rights dialogue on August 12, 2019, in Canberra, Human Rights Watch said today.
24 Jul 2019
The new Thai government’s policy statement fails to provide a pathway for restoring respect for human rights after five years of military rule, Human Rights Watch said. 
14 Jun 2019
(New York, June 14, 2019) – Thai authorities are harassing and intimidating social critics for mocking Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha after he assumed the premiership for another term, Human Rights Watch said today.
10 Jun 2019
Thai authorities should urgently and impartially investigate assaults on three prominent pro-democracy activists since May 2019, Human Rights Watch said last week. Thai police have yet to arrest any suspects for the violent attacks, raising serious concerns about possible government involvement.
3 Apr 2019
(New York, April 3, 2019) – Thai authorities should urgently and impartially investigate renewed threats and attacks against prominent pro-democracy activist Ekachai Hongkangwan and other activists, Human Rights Watch said today. Ekkachai Hongkangwan (red shirt)
2 May 2018
The release of Cambodian political fugitive Sam Serey early on Friday morning earned the praise of the international community while stoking tensions with Cambodian officials. But a researcher at Human Rights Watch is doubtful that his release indicates a broader change in the way Thailand treats refugees and asylum seekers. Thailand released Sam Serey on 27 April to be flown back to Denmark, where he has permanent resident status. Serey was arrested last Wednesday for overstaying his visa.
30 Aug 2016
Thailand’s government has failed to abide by its pledge to make enforced disappearance a crime under Thai laws, Human Rights Watch said today. August 30 is the United Nations International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances.

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