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Camera shortage becomes an excuse to delay implementing key provisions of anti-torture law

Rights groups are up in arms over the government’s delay in implementing key provisions of the new torture and forced disappearance prevention act, citing a frivolous reason, such as lack…

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Ex-park chief summoned to acknowledge charge of murdering Karen activist

Former Kaeng Krachan National Park chief Chaiwat Limlikhitaksorn and his three former subordinates have been summoned to the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) tomorrow (Wednesday), to acknowledge murder and other…

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Former park chief indicted for murder over enforced disappearance of Karen activist

The Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) has decided to indict former Kaeng Krachan National Park chief Chaiwat Limlikhitaksorn for pre-meditated murder over the disappearance and presumed death of indigenous Karen…

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Additional evidence submitted in rights activist’s enforced disappearance case

Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has submitted additional evidence to the Office of the Attorney-General related to the enforced disappearance of ethnic Karen human rights activist Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen….

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This file photo taken on June 4, 2021, Sitanun Satsaksit (C), sister of Thai activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit, who went missing in Cambodia in 2020, commemorates the first anniversary of his enforced disappearance with a candlelight vigil in Bangkok. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Will new law end Thailand’s dark era of torture and disappearances?

Uproar over the recent killing of a drug suspect by police investigators has revived debate on the need for a law banning torture and killings by state officials. And the…

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Thai parliament passes torture, enforced disappearance bills in 1st reading

The House of Representatives, today (Thursday), passed the long-awaited four draft bills against torture and enforced disappearance by state officials, in its first reading with 368 votes for, one vote…

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Speedy passage of law against torture and enforced disappearance urged

Relatives of victims of enforced disappearance and a network of human rights organisations in Thailand rallied in front of parliament this morning (Wednesday) to demand the speedy passage of a…

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“Ja New” resurfaces to address demonstrators at October 14th memorial

Thailand’s well-known political activist Sirawith Seritiwat, alias Ja New, reemerged from a long absence today when he gave a speech at the October 14th memorial on Rajdamnoen Avenue, to commemorate…

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Karen activist ‘Billy’ killed and incinerated in oil drum – DSI

Karen human rights defender Polajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen was killed and his body stuffed into and burned in a 200-litre oil drum, which was later dumped into a river in Kaeng…

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