Thai officials have threatened to arrest human rights researchers who were preparing to launch a report alleging that authorities routinely use torture against a range of victims.
Rights group Amnesty International, which authored the report, said Wednesday that a scheduled launch in Bangkok had been canceled after its staff members were intimidated by Thailand’s military government.
Our staff threatened with arrest & prosecution due to our Thai torture report launching today: https://t.co/bEO7YCWUhB #EndThaiTorture pic.twitter.com/lHmgGTmWWf
— AmnestyInternational (@AmnestyOnline) September 28, 2016
The report, Make Him Speak By Tomorrow, details 74 cases of alleged torture documented between 2014 and 2015, claiming that abuse has increased since a military coup two years ago granted broad powers to the armed forces.
Abuses were documented against a broad range of alleged victims including suspected insurgents, political opponents, migrants and people detained by police in rural areas.
Some alleged victims claimed they had been subjected to waterboarding, electric shocks to their genitals, various forms of humiliation and other abuses.