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Thailand: Torture victims must be heard

28 September 2016

Silencing human rights activists who highlight human rights violations will not solve the problem of torture and other ill-treatment in Thailand, Amnesty International said today.

In Bangkok, Thailand’s authorities prevented Amnesty International from proceeding with the launch of "Make Him Speak by Tomorrow: Torture and Other Ill-Treatment in Thailand." This report details torture and other ill-treatment at the hands of soldiers and the police against suspected insurgents, government opponents, and a range of individuals from vulnerable backgrounds, including alleged drug users and minorities.

"The Thai authorities should be addressing torture, not human rights activists doing their legitimate work. Instead of threatening us with arrest and prosecution, they should be holding the perpetrators of torture accountable. It is an appalling state of affairs when speaking up for human rights can be criminalized but torture continues with impunity," said Minar Pimple, Amnesty International’s Senior Director, Global Operations.

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