26 Feb 2024
After the body of jailed Myanmar journalist Myat Thu Tun was found buried, reportedly marked with gunshot wounds and signs of torture, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the international community to take action to force the Myanmar junta to cease its "campaign of terror" against reporters and release detained journalists and press freedom defenders.
23 Feb 2024
One year since the Prevention and Suppression of Torture and Enforced Disappearance Act came into effect, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said the Thai authorities has fallen short in implementing the Act and that it is concerned about the failure to provide proper training for responsible authorities on enforcement and to ensure prompt, thorough, and effective investigation and prosecutions in cases of alleged torture and enforced disappearances.
25 Nov 2023
12 years and 5 months after the crime, a military court in Pattani Province has sentenced 8 soldiers for beating to death Wichian Puaksom, a 26-year-old private.
19 May 2023
The Constitutional Court has ruled that an Emergency Decree postponing implementation of several sections in the new Prevention of Torture and Enforced Disappearance Act is not in line with the Constitution, declaring it invalid. This means that the act goes into effect in its entirety.
16 Feb 2023
The Cabinet has decided to postpone the enforcement of several sections in the new Prevention of Torture and Enforced Disappearance Act requiring police officers to make audio and video recordings from the moment of arrest through to release, claiming the need for training and equipment.
14 Jan 2023
The Royal Thai Police have issued a letter to the Ministry of Justice, asking them to delay enforcement of Anti-Torture Act. It claims the police are not ready in terms of training and equipment.
21 Sep 2022
A Thai national living in exile alleges that he was subject to beatings, suffocation, mock drowning, and execution threats during a 28 day detention by the military junta detention in 2014. The episode left him with psychological trauma and no place to live in Thailand.
25 Aug 2022
Efforts to criminalise state-sanctioned acts of torture and enforced disappearance have ebbed and flowed over the past decade. While the draft act just approved by the legislature is not without shortcomings, lawmakers finally managed to pass the bill, despite political turbulence.
23 Aug 2022
The court on Monday denied bail to a policewoman who allegedly forced another woman, a low-ranking soldier, to work as her unpaid housemaid. The victim was reportedly subjected to years of violence, including beating and electric shocks.
9 Aug 2022
After over 5 months, the Senate ad-hoc committee has finished amending the Prevention of Torture and Enforced Disappearance Bill, omitting certain offenses, reducing the statute of limitations, and erasing civil participation in how the law will be implemented.
5 Jul 2022
On the International Day In Support of Victims of Torture (4 July), 6 human rights organizations issued an open letter to the Senate and the Extraordinary Committee raising concerns at the ongoing delay in finalizing and adopting the anti-torture and enforced disappearance bill.
5 Jul 2022
Auttasit Nussa, a protester allegedly beaten in custody following a Din Daeng protest, staged a one-man demonstration in front of the police headquarters on Saturday (2 July), after no progress has been made in the investigation into his assault.