Torture Victim’s Outspoken Niece Arrested

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Rosie Zeng
Torture Victim’s Outspoken Niece Arrested

Summary: On the morning of July 26, 2016, police arrested Naritsarawan at her office at the Ministry of Human Security and Social Development in Bangkok. She was taken to the Muang Narathiwat police station and questioned about her Facebook page. The page details the case of her uncle, Pvt. Wichian Puaksom, 26, whom soldiers tortured to death at a military camp in Narathiwat province, and demands that those responsible be brought to justice. On July 27, the police released Naritsarawan on bail. The complaint against Naritsarawan was brought by an army captain who had been commanding officer of the unit found responsible for Wichian’s death.(Thiland)


Reflection: As Brad Adam said, “The Thai police’s efforts to intimidate and retaliate against the outspoken relative of a victim of rights abuse is no less than an endorsement of torture”, the government should be responsible for the protection its people's human rights. It has already done the wrong thing by violating Article 3: human right to life, liberty and security of person/Article 5: No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and it is even worse when the government turned against the person who was trying to redeem the violated human rights, violating Article 8: Everyone has the right to an efffective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.