Torturing red shirts (and other state crimes)

7 12 2010

The National Human Rights Commission is reported as claiming that: “Red shirt detainees are being tortured, forced to confess to crimes and jailed without any chance to defend themselves…”.

That’s a big, big statement for an organization that has achieved little since it became what is essentially a government flunky and protector. In fact, it has been pretty much hopeless at defending anyone’s rights.

But credit goes to the NHRC sub-committee on civil and political rights that has drawn these conclusions. The sub-committee states that the Centre for the Resolution of  Emergency Situations “detained 422 people for violating the emergency decree.” Some were “bystanders” and others uninvolved in the political events.

The report claims that “detainees had little access to relatives or lawyers. At least five uneducated and poor protesters were arrested in Chiang Mai and sentenced to 20 years in prison without access to a proper defence…. The report revealed the red shirt detainees had experienced torture and forced confession, arrest without proper investigation and strong evidence, arbitrary detention, and overcrowded detention facilities.”

These same claims have come from red shirts and other organizations for a considerable time. PPT congratulates the NHRC for catching up and for finally having the gumption to challenge the Abhisit Vejjajiva regime’s crimes.



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