12 Feb 2016
On 11 February 2016 the Thai army threatened human rights defenders for documenting the military’s continued use of torture on detainees in the country’s south. Major General Banpot Poonpien, the spokesperson for a specialist counterinsurgency agency, the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC), accused the human rights groups of fabricating accounts of torture to obtain funding from abroad. He also asked whether or not the groups had the mandate to investigate the work of state officers.
12 Feb 2016
On 11 Feb 16, the spokesperson of the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC), Maj. Gen. Banpot Poonpien, revealed that regarding the torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment in the Deep South, the security agencies have been well aware of it and have taken precaution to prevent such practice and to avoid any act that would become a problem from a human rights perspective. But even though the environment in the Deep South has changed, some civil society organizations continue to resort to the same old tactic to mobilize their cause without adjusting their roles.
10 Feb 2016
A wrongly identified theft suspect says that police officers threatened to kill him and dump his body on a mountain. The Cross Cultural Foundation (CrCF), a human rights advocacy group, reported that on Monday, 8 February 2016, the Provincial Court of Prachinburi in the east of Thailand held a second witness examination hearing in a case filed by Rittirong Chuenjit, 25, against seven police officers.
8 Feb 2016
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.
3 Feb 2016
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.
27 Jan 2016
The Provincial Court in the eastern province of Trat has dismissed murder charges against three suspects in a PDRC bombing case, but sentenced one suspect to five years in jail for possessing illegal weapons. Trat Provincial Court on Tuesday, 26 January 2016, dismissed murder charges against Watchara Krajangklang, Somsak Poonsawad, and Somsak Sunan, three suspects in the bombing case of a People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) anti-election protest in 2014.
21 Jan 2016
Sirawit Serithiwat, aka Ja New, a well-known anti-junta student activist abducted by military officers on Wednesday night, says that he was subjected to ill-treatment during detention by the military. After being abducted by eight military officers in the presence of many other people at the Rangsit Campus of Thammasat University in Bangkok at around 10:30 pm yesterday, Thai Lawyers of Human Rights (TLHR) reported that Sirawit was brought to Nimit Mai Police Station at 1:10 am before being transferred to Thonburi Police Station several hours later.
9 Jan 2016
Allegations of torture committed by the Thai authorities against the Muslim Malay minority in Thailand’s restive Deep South doubled after the 2014 coup, a report says. The report, released on Friday, showed at least 18 cases of alleged torture and ill-treatment since 22 May 2014, when Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha staged the coup d’état. In 2015 alone, there were 15 recorded cases, whereas a total of 17 were recorded in 2014.
5 Jan 2016
The family of an insurgent suspect recently detained in the restive Deep South has alleged that the suspect might have suffered ill treatment in military custody. According to the Federation of Patani Students and Youth (PerMas), on 31 December 2015, security officers from an unidentified unit seized Abdul-rohim Roya from his house in Ra-ngae District of the Deep South province of Narathiwat.
16 Dec 2015
Doctors say they found no physical injuries on the body of a suspected insurgent who died in custody in the Deep South, but the suspect’s wife maintains that her husband died from ‘unnatural’ causes. On Tuesday, 15 December 2015, Lt Gen Manee Chanthip, Deputy Commander of the 4th Army Region, and the medical staff of Songklanagarind Hospital in Hat Yai District of southern Songkhla Province, jointly held a press briefing on the controversial death in custody of Abdullayib Dolah, 42, a suspect in the assassination of a Muslim cleric in Pattani Province.
3 Dec 2015
Thai authorities should promptly and impartially investigate the alleged torture of suspects in military detention, Human Rights Watch said today. To prevent further abuses, the government should immediately transfer all civilians detained at military facilities to officially recognized civilian places of detention.
18 Nov 2015
A civil society human rights organisation has urged the Thai authorities to carry out an ‘independent’ investigation into the mysterious death in custody of a drug trafficking suspect. On Tuesday, 17 November 2015, the Cross Cultural Organisation (CrCF), a civil society human rights organisation, issued a public statement about the sudden death of Anan Koedkaew, 34, a drug trafficking suspect who died mysteriously three days after interrogation. Anan was arrested by investigators of Nakhon Ratchasima Provincial Police on 9 November 2015.