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.
Faiyen, the protest band in exile, has received yet another death threat yesterday (12 July) in a Facebook message. The sender, who claimed to be a member of the special forces, told them to either turn themselves in or be killed.
Instead of investigating the attack on activist Sirawith Serithiwat and detaining the attackers, the police have arrested 8 people for sharing social media post saying that Deputy Police Commissioner Chaiwat Ketworachai is behind the attack on activists.
Following allegations on social media that activist Sirawith Serithiwat was attacked by debt collectors, Patnaree Charnkij, Sirawith’s mother, insisted that her family no longer has any informal debts and that it is unlikely that Sirawith’s attack was a result of money being owed.
Following the attack on activist Sirawith “Ja New” Serithiwat on Friday (28 June), Prachatai spoke to an eyewitness who saw the attack.
Activist Sirawith “Ja New” Serithiwat was assaulted earlier this morning (28 June), said Nuttaa Mahattana.
It has been a month since Siam Theerawut went missing along with two other refugees, Chucheep “Uncle Sanam Luang” Chiwasut and Kritsana Tupthai, after it was reported that they had been arrested in Vietnam and extradited to Thailand on 8 May. So far, neither the Thai nor Vietnamese authorities have disclosed information about the three men’s fate.
In pursuance to a string of recent attacks of at least three pro-democracy activists including Ekkachai Hongkangwan who was physically assaulted seven times and had his car set on fire twice since early 2018, and of late on 13 May 2019, Ekkachai was violently attacked in front of the Bangkok Criminal Court after attending a hearing on the case against activists who have protested to demand the election.
Sirawith ‘Ja New’ Serithiwat was assaulted on the night of 2 June at Ratchada Soi 7, near The Street department store. He said at least 5 perpetrators assaulted him with kicks and a wooden stick. Sirawith at the hospital
“Someone has ordered me dead,” said the 7-times assaulted anti-junta activist Ekkachai Hongkangwan.