Updated: Detained red shirts allegedly tortured, denied rights

20 08 2010

Update: We fixed the link to the Bangkok Post story; it seems the Post shifted the story on its website.

The People’s Information Center is an “alliance of a dozen lawyers, academics and social activists formed a month ago to help red shirts who say they are innocent of any crime…”. PIC has now accused the state of illegal acts against United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship protesters who were arrested following the government’s 19 May crackdown.

According to the Bangkok Post, PIC states that the suspects “should be entitled to fair and adequate medical treatment, and their bail should be based on their economic status…”.

PIC has information on some 164 red shirts have been arrested in the Northeast. Ubon Ratchathani has 60, Udon Thani 54, Mukdahan has 28, Maha Sarakham 12 and Khon Kaen has 10 in detention. However, they have no information on other provinces in the region.

PIC says that reports of “harassment and arrests were continuing to come out even though the emergency decree had been revoked in several provinces.” Astoundingly, there are reports that “suspects in Mukdahan had been tortured to confess to arson. They were allegedly hit with hard sticks, kicked with combat boots and caned.” One suspect, ill with the final stages of cancer has been prevented from receiving adequate medical treatment.

The government has repeatedly denied such claims claiming to abide by human rights principles.

PIC does not provide legal aid to suspects but is “calling on the authorities to respect their basic human rights…”.


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