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.
13 Mar 2017
Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) regret the decision of Thailand’ National Legislative Assembly (NLA) to further delay the passage of essential legislation criminalizing torture and enforced disappearances.
13 Mar 2017
The doctor who conducted the post-mortem examination on the body of a drug suspect who died in custody has concluded that death was caused by serious brain injuries. The Provincial Court of Nakhon Ratchasima on 3 March 2017 held an inquest into the death of Anan Koedkaeo, 34, a drug trafficking suspect who died in suspicious circumstances three days after being interrogated.
7 Mar 2017
The Thai military has dropped criminal defamation charges against three human rights defenders who exposed torture in Thailand’s Deep South. On 7 March 2017, Col Pramote Promin, Deputy Spokesperson for Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) Region 4, said the military has withdrawn criminal defamation charges against Pornpen Khongkachonkiet, Director of the Cross Cultural Foundation (CrCF); Somchai Homla-or, Advisor to the CrCF; and Anchana Heemmina, President of the Duay Jai group.
1 Mar 2017
After years of campaigning and lobbying by human rights groups, the junta-appointed lawmakers have dropped a bill to criminalise torture and enforced disappearance.
28 Feb 2017
A criminal court is refusing to accept a lawsuit by the parents of a drug trafficking suspect who died in police custody until court fees are paid. On 27 February 2017, Southern Bangkok Criminal Court ruled not to accept a lawsuit against the Royal Thai Police (RTP) filed by Wasana and Phanom Koedkaeo, parents of Anan Koedkaeo, 34, a drug trafficking suspect who died in suspicious circumstances three days after being interrogated.
21 Feb 2017
Human rights defenders accused by the military of criminal defamation for exposing torture in the Deep South have urged prosecutors to seek more witnesses. On 21 February 2017, Pornpen Khongkachonkiet, Director of the Cross Cultural Foundation (CrCF); Somchai Homla-or, Advisor to the CrCF; and Anchana Heemmina, President of the Duay Jai group, submitted a letter to the Office of Provincial Public Prosecution in the Deep South province of Pattani.
28 Jan 2017
The new President of the United States believes that ‘torture works.’ Or rather, with his unremitting bombast, ‘absolutely torture works.’ He bases this not on any empirical evidence (which all points the other way) but on the same kind of fact-free ugly-gut faux-hard-man reaction that has led him to claim that climate change is a Chinese hoax, that his election victory would have been more impressive if millions had not voted illegally, and that his inauguration attracted the biggest audience ever. Period. Ever.
25 Jan 2017
Public prosecutors have dropped defamation charges against Naritsarawan ‘May’ Keawnopparat, Prachatai’s Person of the Year 2016. On 24 January 2017, Naritsarawan told the BBC Thai that the Director-General of the 9th region Public Prosecutor’s Office and prosecutors of Narathiwat Province dropped accusations under the Computer Crime Act and Criminal Defamation against her.
25 Jan 2017
A supporter of anti-junta activists and the anti-establishment red shirts has pleaded guilty to accusations of lèse majesté in a military court. On 24 January 2017, Burin Intin, accused of offences under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté, pleaded guilty to all charges during his trial in Bangkok Military Court. The court will read the sentence on 27 January.
28 Dec 2016
She would not let the death of her uncle be forgotten as insignificant and has braved legal, physical and psychological threats in her fight against military-backed torture. Prachatai introduces Naritsarawan ‘May’ Keawnopparat, our Person of the Year 2016.
19 Dec 2016
After a seven-year fight for justice, a provincial court has accepted a lawsuit against four police officers accused of torturing a suspect.