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.
30 Jun 2022
On 28 June, the Southern Bangkok Civil Court ordered the Royal Thai Police to pay compensation to Ritthirong Cheunchit, a man who was beaten and suffocated with plastic bags by policemen in 2009 to make him confess to a crime he did not commit.
24 Jun 2022
The Sub-Committee on Torture and Enforced Disappearance of the Ministry of Justice has called off its investigation into the alleged beating of two protesters while in the custody of officers from Din Daeng Police Station, ruling that the beating does not constitute torture.
23 Jun 2022
Ahead of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Amnesty International calls for a ban on batons whose only practical purpose is torture or other ill-treatment, and published a new briefing on how batons should be used in a human right-compliant manner.