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Parliament Begins to Deliberate Long-Awaited Law

(Bangkok) – The Thai government and parliament should promptly act to pass a law that fulfills previous pledges to make torture and enforced disappearance criminal offenses in Thailand, Human Rights Watch said today. On September 16, 2021, the…
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Prosecute Officers Responsible for Police Station Killing

(Bangkok) – A video clip, posted on Facebook on August 24, 2021, appears to show police officers in Thailand torturing and killing a drug suspect, Human Rights Watch said today. The Thai authorities should fully and fairly prosecute the police…
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As children across Serbia enjoy their summer break, for some children the next school year can’t start soon enough. It may be their first chance to get an education. The Serbian government formally pledged in June that all children with…
Marina  [pseudonym], a 4-year-old girl with developmental disabilities who spent ten months of her life in an institution, with her foster sister. © 2015 Jasenko Rasol for Human Rights Watch
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Military Targets Outspoken Activist and Media for Defamation

(New York) – The Thai military should immediately withdraw criminal and civil defamation cases against a human rights activist who spoke out publicly about his torture by security forces in Thailand’s southern border provinces, Human Rights…
Ismae Teh, a prominent human rights activist, faces defamation charges for speaking out publicly about being torture by the Thai military.
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Conference Organizer, Attendees Accused of Violating Public Assembly Ban

(New York) – Thai authorities should immediately drop charges against a prominent academic and four conference participants for violating the military junta’s ban on public assembly at a conference at Chiang Mai University in July 2017,…
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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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Investigate Torture, Corporal Punishment in Barracks

(New York) – Thai authorities should promptly and independently investigate the death of an army conscript from apparent torture while detained in a military jail, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should also undertake a broader campaign to…
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Enact Legislation to Punish Torture, Enforced Disappearance

(New York) – The Thai government should urgently take the final steps to ratify the international convention against enforced disappearance, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should also end all delays in passing implementing legislation to…
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Government Should Implement Law Providing for Inclusive Education

Today, September 1st, will be an exciting first day of school for most Serbian children. But for many children with disabilities, it will be just one more day without a chance to learn, make friends, and interact with peers and teachers. Take for…
A living room in Veternik Institution where children and adults with disabilities spend most of their days. There are no toys, education materials, or carpets on the floor. The only available source of stimulation is a TV attached to the wall.
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Fulfill Pledge to Criminalize Enforced Disappearance

(New York) – Thailand’s government has failed to abide by its pledge to make enforced disappearance a crime under Thai laws, Human Rights Watch said today. August 30 is the United Nations International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances.…
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End Reprisals Against Families Seeking Justice

(New York) – Thai authorities should drop trumped-up criminal proceedings against a woman who has sought justice for her army conscript uncle, who was tortured to death by soldiers in 2011, Human Rights Watch said today. Naritsarawan Kaewnopparat, 25,…
Naritsarawan Kaewnopparat faces defamation and computer crime charges for publishing online details of army torture of her uncle.
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The gruesome gunning-down of 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai spotlighted the fate of children in Pakistan, one of the world's most dangerous places to go to school. But in war zones around the world, from Afghanistan to Yemen, students, teachers and schools…
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The recent shooting of 14-year-old Pakistani student Malala Yousafzai shocked the world and put a spotlight on the fate of children in one of the world's most dangerous places to go to school. But Thailand's three southern border provinces also make it…
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Insurgent Attacks on Civilians Spread Fear in Southern Provinces

(New York) – Armed separatist groups in Thailand’s southern border provinces have renewed attacks on teachers and schools in a campaign of terror that has heightened fear among the population, Human Rights Watch said today. On October 1, 2012, separatist…
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Thailand came under some unusual scrutiny at the United Nations in New York on Monday: it got noticed for not wanting to get noticed.

Every year, the UN secretary-general publishes a report detailing grave violations committed against children by armed forces and armed groups around the world. From Afghanistan to Yemen it recounts cases of children killed and maimed during hostilities,…
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Attacks on education in Southern Thailand

"What scares me is the thought that the school could be attacked because the soldiers are at the school," a nine-year-old student in southern Thailand told Human Rights Watch in March of this year. She explained: "students and teachers would be the ones…
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Both Insurgents and Government Forces Undermining Children’s Education

(Bangkok) - Separatist attacks on teachers and schools and the government's use of schools as military bases are greatly harming the education of children in Thailand's southern border provinces, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The…
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Spiral of Violence Disrupts Education

(New York) - Renewed attacks on teachers by separatist insurgents has seriously disrupted education in Thailand's southern border provinces, Human Rights Watch said today. On September 7, 2010, the Teacher Federation of Narathiwat suspended classes in all…
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New Government Should Halt Army Abuse and Bring Perpetrators to Justice

(New York) - Prosecuting the soldiers who killed an imam in army detention will be a test of the administration of Thailand's new prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, who has vowed to bring justice to Thailand's conflict-ridden southern border provinces,…
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EU Members Should Not Backtrack on Their Commitment to Justice

The European Union’s (EU) signing of the Stabilization Association Agreement (SAA) with Serbia today despite Belgrade’s failure to arrest accused war criminal Ratko Mladic is a setback to those seeking justice for genocide in Srebrenica, Human Rights…