Torture bill shelved
Thailand has dropped legislation to criminalise torture and disappearances after years of working on the bill, the United Nations human rights office said on Tuesday, leaving state employees unaccountable for serious crimes.
Torture is not a criminal offence in Thailand. Victims have won compensation in the past, but perpetrators cannot be prosecuted, human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told a UN briefing here.
“This is not an acceptable state of affairs for such serious human rights violations,” she said, adding that the office was informed last week that the country’s military-appointed parliament had shelved the legislation.
“The decision not to enact the bill is also a devastating blow to the families of those who have disappeared. They have the right to know the truth.”