Friday, May 21, 2010

Thailand: Ensure Rights Of Detained Protesters

Emergency Decree Raises Fears of Mistreatment

The Thai government should ensure that people detained under emergency regulations during the recent political violence are not held in secret detention or mistreated, Human Rights Watch said today.

This week Thai security forces forcibly dispersed thousands of supporters of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), known as the Red Shirts, who had encamped in Bangkok's commercial district since March and had engaged in increasingly violent actions. The government arrested several UDD leaders and many of their supporters.

"This terrible crisis is no excuse for mistreating detained protesters or holding them in secret detention," said Elaine Pearson, acting Asia director at Human Rights Watch. "Those who committed crimes should be properly charged, but all should be treated according to international human rights standards and due process of law."

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