23 Aug 2017
The Supreme Court has sentenced four people accused of shooting grenades into People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protesters in early 2014 to death, but reduced the penalty to life imprisonment. On 22 August 2017, the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling of the lower courts in handing dealth sentence to Chatchawan Prabbamrung, Somsri Marit, Sunthorn Pipuannog, and Tweechai Wichakam, according to the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights.
18 Aug 2017
The Royal Thai Army (RTA) has announced that a soldier will be detained for 15 days for physically abusing suspected drug users on Ko Lan, Chonburi Province. The announcement came after a video clip of a soldier beating three drug suspects went viral on Facebook on 15 August. Other men in uniform watch the beating.
31 Jul 2017
After a two-year legal battle, a provincial court has concluded that a drug suspect who died in custody was beaten to death at the hands of police officers.
27 Jun 2017
On the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT) – marked on June 26 as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture – Amnesty International (AI) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) welcome the commitments made by the Royal Thai Government to prevent torture and other ill-treatment and urge authorities to ensure no further delay in implementing these undertakings.
21 Jun 2017
Despite an earlier agreement, the military has not withdrawn its complaints against three human rights defenders who exposed torture in Thailand’s Deep South.
1 Jun 2017
After a legal battle lasting almost 8 years, a torture victim wrongfully arrested for theft has lodged a civil lawsuit against the Thai police. Rittirong Chuenjit, 26, on 26 May 2017 filed suit against the Royal Thai Police at the Southern Bangkok Civil Court.
19 May 2017
After over two years in jail, a man suspected of bombing a Thai court has been released on bail, since no witnesses have testified to his guilt. On 18 May 2017, Bangkok Military Court released Sansern Sriounruen after his family offered a 6 million baht land deed as surety for bail. He is one of 16 suspected of being behind the bombing of Bangkok Criminal Court on 7 March 2014.
10 Apr 2017
The family of an inmate who reportedly died of heatstroke after being disciplined by prison staff has demanded an investigation, believing that he was beaten to death by prison staff. On 7 April 2017, Kobkiat Kasivivat, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Corrections (DC), revealed that Suriya Supharak, 47, imprisoned for drug-related offences, died in Takua Pa District Prison in southern Phang Nga Province on 1 April 2017.
5 Apr 2017
Thai authorities should promptly and independently investigate the death of an army conscript from apparent torture while detained in a military jail, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should also undertake a broader campaign to end the longstanding use of corporal punishment in the armed forces, including by prosecuting military commanders for serious offenses by soldiers under their command.
3 Apr 2017
Believing that her son was beaten to death in a military base, the mother of a 22-year-old private has vowed not to cremate the body until the investigation into her son’s death is complete. Private Yutthakinan Bunniam of Vibhavadee Rangsit Military Base in southern Surat Thani Province died on 1 April 2017, after being taken to hospital from the military base the day before. The late private was earlier detained in a military prison within the base for allegedly violating discipline.
17 Mar 2017
Overriding the decision of prosecutors to drop charges, police in the Deep South have decided to press ahead with the prosecution of the outspoken niece of a draftee who was tortured to death. On 16 March 2017, Naritsarawan Kaewnopparat, the niece of Wichian Puaksom, a military conscript who was tortured to death by other soldiers in 2011, submitted a letter to the Office of the Attorney-General at the Government Complex in Bangkok to call for justice.
14 Mar 2017
The Thai government should urgently take the final steps to ratify the international convention against enforced disappearance, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should also end all delays in passing implementing legislation to criminalize torture and disappearances.