Muslim Attorney Center
The army officer commanding the 6 soldiers who beat to death an army recruit in the Deep South was promoted to his post despite the fact that he was involved in the fatal torture of a Deep South insurgent suspect in 2012.
A spokesman for the national counter-insurgency agency today denounced a report alleging the use of more than a dozen torture techniques to force confessions from insurgent suspects in the Deep South as a work of fiction aimed at destroying the credibility of the army.
Allegations of torture and ill-treatment committed by state authorities against the Malay Muslim minority in the restive Deep South are currently double the level reported after the 2014 coup d’état. The Muslim Attorney Centre (MAC), a civil society organisation providing legal aid in the Deep South, on Tuesday, 2 February 2016, published a report on allegations of torture and ill-treatment of Deep South insurgent suspects arrested and detained under special security laws in the region in 2015.
18 civil society organisations in the Deep South region of Thailand have urged Thai state authorities to stop the intimidation and suspension of rights of civil society workers. At the Muslim Attorney Centre (MAC) in the southern province of Pattani on Tuesday morning, 14 July 2015, 18 civil society organisations, members of the ‘Southern Border Provinces CSO Network for Peace’, came together to read a joint statement to demand that the Thai authorities stop the abuse of rights and intimidation.
The UN rights agency and the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRC) have pointed out that an increasing use of DNA tests to combat the Deep South insurgency may constitute racial discrimination against Muslims.
On 16 September 2011, at 5am, police and army officers searched the house of Mr. Ni-seh Ni-ha, who is the older brother of Mr. Ni-seng Ni-ha, the petitioner, and who resides at 32/5 Moo 3 Thalu-bo sub-district, Pattani province. The officials did not present a warrant of any kind. They took Mr. Ni-seh Ni-ha into custody and took him to an army camp in the area of the Pattani electrical plant, on Pattani-Yala Road in Pattani province. Then, at approximately 9am, the army officials took Mr. Ni-seh Ni-heh to be detained at Inkayuthboriharn Camp in Nong Chik district in Pattani province.