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Accelerate Releases; Improve Protection, Medical Care in Detention Facilities

(New York) – People held in Thailand’s overcrowded prisons and detention facilities are at grave risk from Covid-19 outbreaks. The Thai authorities should immediately act to ensure that prisoners and detainees have access to adequate protective…
In this photo released by the Department of Corrections, COVID-19 prisoners sit inside a field hospital set up at the Medical Correctional Institution to treat COVID-19 inmates in Bangkok, Thailand on May 8, 2021.
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Stop Using Covid-19 Measures as Pretext to Violate Rights

(Bangkok) – The Thai government’s extension of its state of emergency is an apparent pretext for violating basic rights, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 26, 2020, the government of Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha extended the draconian…
Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-Ocha delivers a televised speech in Bangkok, Thailand, March 24, 2020. 
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Overcrowding, Unsanitary Conditions Threaten Catastrophe

(New York) – Asia’s overcrowded and unsanitary prisons, jails, and detention centers are at grave risk of COVID-19 outbreaks that threaten the physical and mental health of both detainees and staff and the broader population. …
Indonesian prisoners approaching the end of their sentences are released to avoid a coronavirus outbreak in overcrowded prisons in Depok, near Jakarta, Indonesia, April 2, 2020.
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Unsanitary Cells Prime Condition for Spreading Virus Outside Walls

(New York) – The unsanitary, overcrowded prisons and juvenile detention centers in most Latin American and Caribbean countries offer prime conditions for outbreaks of COVID-19 that could severely affect the health of detainees and of…
Inmates point from inside of La Modelo prison in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, March 22, 2020.
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Protect Prisoners, Detainees at Heightened Vulnerability

  (Bangkok) – Thai authorities should immediately take concrete steps to ensure that prisoners and detainees have access to adequate protective measures and medical care amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Human Rights Watch…
An officer locks a cell at a prison in Thailand, February 2017. © 2017 AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit
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Critic Arrested, State of Emergency Censorship Threatened

(Bangkok) – Thai authorities should immediately stop using “anti-fake news” laws to prosecute people critical of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Human Rights Watch said today. A state of emergency, slated to…
Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-Ocha delivers a televised speech in Bangkok, Thailand, March 24, 2020.
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‘Double-Tap’ Attack Aimed to Maximize Civilian Casualties

(Bangkok) – Separatist insurgents in Thailand unlawfully targeted civilians in a bomb attack outside the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) in Yala province, Human Rights Watch said today. At least 25 people were injured in a “…
Thai crime scene investigators inspect the site of a bomb explosion in Yala, southern Thailand, Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
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Killings, Disappearances, Recruitment of Children as Soldiers Go Unpunished

(Bogotá) – Armed groups have committed egregious abuses against Colombian and Venezuelan civilians as they fight for control in Catatumbo, northeastern Colombia, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 64-page report, “…
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Separatists Should Cease Attacks on Civilians

(New York) – Separatist insurgents in Thailand’s southern border provinces targeted a school and a hospital in renewed attacks, Human Rights Watch said today. Deliberate attacks on civilian structures are war crimes. On the morning of…
Family photo of police medic Capt. Sineenath Kongput, who was seriously wounded in a car bombing in Thepa district, Songkhla province,  Thailand, on January 8, 2019.
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Cease Use of Banned Weapons, End Attacks on Civilians

(New York) – Separatist insurgents have used landmines to maim rubber plantation workers and seriously disrupt the daily life of people in Thailand’s southern border provinces, Human Rights Watch said today. Ethnic Malay Muslim insurgents…
Thai security forces inspect a rubber plantation, where an ethnic Thai Buddist latex tapper lost his foot after stepping on a landmine laid by separatist insurgents in Yala province on July 2, 2018.
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Government Executes a Prisoner After 9-Year Moratorium

(New York) – The Thai government should halt further executions and publicly resume its de facto moratorium on the use of the death penalty, Human Rights Watch said today. Thai authorities executed a 26-year-old man by lethal injection on June 18,…
Thai authorities executed a 26-year-old man by lethal injection on June 18, 2018, the country’s first execution since August 2009.
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Huge Libel Award Puts Rights Investigations at Risk

(New York) – A Bangkok court’s libel verdict against a prominent labor rights campaigner will have serious chilling effects on activists who investigate and report on abuses in Thailand’s agri-business, Human Rights Watch said today. On…
Labor rights activist Andy Hall was found guilty of defamation and computer crimes for reporting abuses in Thailand's agri-business.
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Urgently Enact Law to Prosecute Mistreatment, Forced Disappearance

(New York) – The Thai government should promptly act to fulfill past pledges to make torture a criminal offense, Human Rights Watch said today. On June 26, 2017, on the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the…
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End Indefinite Detention of Asylum Seekers

(New York) – The government of Thailand should immediately investigate the death of a Pakistani man in immigration detention, Human Rights Watch said today. The case points to the need for Thailand to urgently end the indefinite detention of…
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Boy and Three Other Youths Accused of Burning King’s Portrait

Update: On the morning of May 24, 2017 the Thai authorities transferred the four youth from military custody in Bangkok to the Corrections Department’s remand facility in Khon Kaen province for pre-trial detention. They should be given immediate…
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Targeting of Army Medical Facility Horrific, Inexcusable

(New York) – The detonation of a pipe bomb at an army-run hospital in Bangkok that also treats civilians is an unjustifiable act of lawlessness, Human Rights Watch said today. The bomb exploded at about 10 a.m. on May 22, 2017, in the…
Thailand: Dozens Wounded in Bangkok Hospital Bombing PHOTO
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Targeting Civilians Possible Crime Against Humanity

(New York) – Bombings by alleged separatist insurgents at the largest shopping mall in Thailand’s southern border provinces appear intended to inflict maximum civilian casualties, Human Rights Watch said today. The two bombings at a Big…
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Father, Daughter Killed in Targeted Attack

(New York) – Alleged separatist insurgents detonated a bomb in southern Thailand outside a school that killed a man and his daughter, Human Rights Watch said today. The deliberate attack on the school, a civilian structure, amounts to a war crime and…
A school bag lies next to the bomb attack site in Narathiwat province, Thailand on September 6, 2016.
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Unjust Charges Against Constitution’s Critics

(New York) – Thai authorities should urgently release a student activist detained since August 6, 2016, for peacefully protesting the military junta’s proposed constitution, Human Rights Watch said today. Until his release, the Department of Corrections…
Student activist Jatupat Boonphatthararaksa has been on a hunger strike since he was detained on August 6, 2016.
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Attack Latest in Campaign Against Medical Facilities

(New York) – Separatist insurgents took over and damaged a hospital in southern Thailand on March 13, 2016, in violation of the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said today. The attack on the hospital occurred during a resurgence of separatist attacks on…
Military personnel inspect the site of an attack in Joh Airong, Narathiwat province, Thailand on March 14, 2016.