Should anyone believe the military?

7 08 2014

“An opposition activist’s claims that she was tortured in military custody were “100 percent fabricated”, Thailand’s ruling junta said…”, as quoted in a Reuters report. This response is to the statements by former political prisoner Kritsuda Khunasen. As previously posted, she was illegally held by the military dictatorship, and PPT can only assume that both the illegal detention, alleged torture and response to he claims all came with the approval of The Leader, General Prayuth Chan-ocha.

There has been much attention in recent days to CIA torture in Thailand. That the report is controversial is noted in several reports. But, then, for Thailand, the partnership in torture has long been known.

Within the military and police in Thailand, torture is standard practice. Earlier this year, “[r]ights groups in Thailand have informed the U.N. of continuing, routine use of torture in the country…”. Here’s a bit more from that report:

“Allegations of torture not only involve a broad range of perpetrators, ranging from military, police, paramilitary officials, and volunteers, but also indicate that such acts take place in various institutions,” the coalition says.

“Detainees are often transferred several times to different detention facilities. Some of them not only reported having been mistreated in the different locations, but also at the time of their arrest and during their transportation,” it continues.

Methods of torture described include strangling with hands or rope, choking, face dunking, kicking, punching, beating in the stomach, beating with cloth wrapped wooden bat, head-butting against the wall, force feeding, injecting with drugs that cause unconsciousness or loss of control, hooding, and electric shock.

In the south, the use of torture is routine. Not that long ago, this was reported from the south:

Abuses reported by detainees include severe beatings, electric shocks, forced nudity, exposure to extreme cold or heat, needles inserted into open wounds and holding detainees’ family members hostage — including, in one case, a 6-year-old boy.

What was the Army’s response then? Here it is: “The army has … has flat-out denied them [the claims].” A commander, Lieut. General Udomchai Thamsarorat, speaks: “We have never committed torture…. We’re here to help people, not hurt them.”

Sounds like a justification for a military coup. No one believes such denials.

No one could be blamed for thinking that the denial in Kritsuda’s case is no different. It is likely to be a lie.



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9 08 2014
More fanatical monarchism | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Army detention. He said the claims were untrue and just meant to attack his military dictatorship. Why should anyone believe Prayuth on this? It makes little difference, for under the dictatorship, the military can do what it wants and […]

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