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THAILAND: Court compensation order important step in fight against torture

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Statement : The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to mark 18 May 2016 as an important date in Thailand’s fight against torture. On this date, Thailand’s Supreme Administrative Court delivered its official verdict ordering the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) under the Office of Prime Minister to pay 102, 200 baht to Plaintiff no. 1 and 100,000 baht to Plaintiff no. 2 (with 7.5 % interest calculated from 2012) in damages for torture and ill treatment in Yala Province. This resulted in both Plaintiffs receiving approximately 5,000 USD each. This verdict stems from an incident that took place over seven years ago in 2009, when the injured parties were then 14 and 20 years old respectively. This case sets an important precedent, extending the right to claim damages beyond the torture victims themselves to the family members, who were also unduly affected as a result of the abuse. Read More...

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Thailand has acceded to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment on 2 October 2007. The accession to the Convention obligates Thailand to submit an initial report to the Committee against Torture within one year after the entry into force of the Convention as per Article 19 of the Convention.

Even though there are reported cases of torture in Thailand, so far regarding compensation for the victims of torture there has not been any positive development.

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