Failures on human rights

30 09 2013

Human rights abuse victims and activists recently got together to assess the state’s multiple failures on human rights over several years.

Regarding the 78 deaths at Tak Bai in 2004, the Bangkok Post notes that there has been a failure of the state to “provide justice for victims of the Tak Bai killings…”. There is continuing intimidation:

Yaena Salaemah, coordinator for relatives of Tak Bai victims, said at a seminar yesterday that even though the court ruled in 2009 that 78 protesters died in custody, she has remained under military surveillance.

Soldiers reportedly “searched her house in Narathiwat a week ago.”

The impunity of the state and its officials remains intact:

No charges have ever been filed against security officials involved in the deaths [at Tak Bai], though the [Yingluck Shinawatra] government did offer reparations to family members of the victims last year.

Charoen Wat-Aksorn, an anti-power plant community and environmental activist, was murdered in 2004. His wife, Korn-uma Pongnoi “expressed disappointment over the cumbersome and lengthy judicial processes in the case of her husband’s murder.” She pointed to multiple official obstacles to any adequate investigations and also mentioned the curious death in prison of one of the gunmen.

Pikul Promchan, from the Kalasin Relatives’ Network against Extrajudiciary Killing, said the investigations of the drug-related extrajudicial killings in 2004 were marked by intimidation. Pikul expressed dismay that a court had “convicted five police officers of the murder of her 17-year-old nephew in July 2004 in Kalasin,” and sentenced three of them to death, and yet they “not only got bail but have been promoted”!

That murderous state officials can get bail while those charged with lese majeste or convicted are refused bail many times reveals the double standards of the judicial system, where officials who perpetrate the state’s violence are rewarded.



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