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  • Kritsuda Khunasen : Thailand: Account for ‘Disappeared’ Political Activist

    Thailand: Stop Secret Military Detentions
    June 10, 2014



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    Brad Adams, Asia director
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    June 18, 2014

    Concerns Over Summons for Person Arrested by Soldiers in May



    Brad Adams, Asia director
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      Junta Summons Activist Not Yet Released from Military Custody
      18 June 2014

      BANGKOK
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        Thailand: Grim outlook for human rights after a month of martial law

        Thailand: Grim outlook for human rights after a month of martial law
        20 June 2014

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        Martial law has been in place in Thailand since 20 May 2014.

        There appears to be no end in sight to violations of a range of human rights one month after martial law was declared in Thailand, Amnesty International warned today.

        Since the military declared martial law on 20 May 2014
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        • #5
          Sacrificing human rights for political expediency is never a price worth paying.

          well worth repeating .
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            NCPO Detains Red Activist 'To Help Her Meditate'
            21 June 2014



            BANGKOK arrested by soldiers on 28 May in Chonburi province, according to a number of activists. She has been missing for three weeks, which exceeds the seven-day limit under martial law on detaining individuals without charges.

            The military's silence up until now has invited criticism from international rights groups such as the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW), which released a statement on 18 June urging the authorities to clarify Ms. Kritsuda's whereabouts.

            Col. Winthai Suwaree, a spokesperson of the military junta's National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), said yesterday that HRW does not need to worry because the military has merely provided Ms. Kritsuda with a safe haven "away from all the chaos and distraction," according to a Facebook post by Bangkok Post's self-styled "military reporter" Wassana Nanuam.

            In the Facebook post, Ms. Wassana quotes Col. Winthai as saying that the military has detained Ms. Kritsuda to help her "meditate, restore consciousness, and reconsider many things, so that we can adjust [her] understanding."

            Col. Winthai did not say how long Ms. Kritsuda will be held in detention, but perplexingly said the military does not detain people for more than seven days, despite Ms. Kritsuda's three-week absence.

            Ms. Kritsuda does need access to a lawyer because the military has not charged her with any crimes, Col. Winthai added, according to the Facebook post by Ms. Wassana.

            Nevertheless, Col. Winthai said Ms. Kritsuda was detained out of suspicion that she may have incited unrest and violated the Computer Crime Acts during her tenure as a Redshirt activist.

            Col. Winthai's statement is the first public acknowledgement by an NCPO official that the military has detained Ms. Kritsuda. Previous efforts by Khaosod to secure comments from military officers concerning her whereabouts have failed, as all of the officers have refused to speak about the case.

            Prior to her detention, Ms. Kritsuda was a public advocate of the Redshirt movement, which supported the government overthrown in a military coup on 22 May. For the past several years, Ms. Kritsuda has been providing humanitarian and legal support to other Redshirt activists that have been charged and detained for their alleged involvement in violent Redshirt political protests in 2010.

            Since it staged the coup against the elected government on 22 May, the NCPO has summoned and detained more than 300 politicians, activists, and academics. A vast majority of those summoned are allied to the Redshirt movement.

            Most of the detainees have been released shortly after they turned themselves in. So far, Ms. Kritsuda is the only known case of a detainee that has not been released after seven days.

            Despite concerns raised by human rights groups, Col. Winthai reportedly urged the public to rest assured that the NCPO's detention of individuals without charges is in accordance with international human rights standards.

            "We want to stress again that the summoning procedure does not treat these individuals as someone who committed a crime. Please rest assured. This procedure still upholds the principle of human rights. If you have been following the news, you will discover that no one has felt anything negative toward to the officials' treatment. There is no nature of suffering. Everyone understands and is willing to cooperate with the NCPO."

            "The invitations [summons] are not meant to create an atmosphere of fear as understood [by some people]," Col. Winthai added.

            So far, there have been no reports of detainees being physically mistreated by NCPO officials, but a number of people have cited being subject to intimidation and aggressive interrogation while held in military custody.

            In addition, before being released most detainees are required to sign a document
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              News programme on Channel 5 where Kritsuda appeared for interview
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                Red-shirt activist Kritsuda Khunasen released
                Tue, 24/06/2014

                Red-shirt activist Kritsuda Khunasen has been reportedly released from detention on Tuesday after she was detained for more than 20 days at undisclosed location amid rumors that she was tortured.

                Kritsuda reportedly appeared at the Crime Suppression Division (CSD). She went to the CSD to bail her boyfriend who was also detained by the military and was charged with possession illegal possession of arms.

                The Military took Kritsuda from her house in eastern Chonburi province more more than 20 days ago. No one has been able to contact her since and it is not known where she is detained.

                The video shows Kirtsuda with her boyfriend supposedly at the Crime Suppression Division. Kirtsuda told the cameraman that she was well-treated and dismissed the rumors of her being killed. Video by Kamol Yam-uthai on Youtube. Prachatai does not own the video.



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                • #9
                  "Happier than words can say" red-shirt activist Kritsuda seeks political asylum in Europe
                  taweporn
                  Fri, 01/08/2014

                  Kritsuda Khunasen, a red-shirt activist who in June was illegally detained by the junta for more than 20 days under suspicious circumstances, has left Thailand and is now seeking political asylum in Europe.


                  Kritsuda Khunasen (mid) appears at the Crime Suppression Division on 24 June


                  It has been confirmed to Prachatai that the embattled activist is now residing in Europe and plans to apply for refugee status in a European country. She has been assisted by the Free Thais for Human Rights and Democracy (FTHD)
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                  • #10
                    Kritsuda reveals military tortures her to link Thaksin with hard-core red shirtsJom (L) interviews Kritsuda (R) via SkypeKritsuda appears on the TV program with junta spokesman and says she is "happier than words can say."Kritsuda meets reporters at the Crime Suppression Division when she comes to bail her boyfriend. She tells journalists that she was treated well during detention.
                    (Photo courtesy of Khaosod)
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                    • #11
                      August 3

                      The spokesman of the National Council for Peace and Order, Colonel Winthai Suvari, Sunday rebutted the allegation levelled by a redshirt activist that the NCPO had assaulted her during her detention.

                      Winthai said Kritsuda Khunasen had made the allegation to draw attention from human rights agencies and to discredit the NCPO.

                      http://www.nationmultimedia.com/brea...-30240147.html
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                      • #12
                        How do these people sleep at night ?

                        If asked, they would probably say they were Buddhists and they probably have families and love them.

                        Then off to work and another busy day at the office abusing people who hold a different opinion.

                        Ghastly .......... wonder if they believe in karma like a good Buddhist should.

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                          Junta denies torturing red-shirt activist Kritsuda, insists her happiness was realKritsuda (R) and her boy friend (L) who was also detained smile and laugh on TV
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                          • #14

                            Pavin Chachavalpongpun

                            SUN,03 AUGUST 2014

                            The smiles are for show

                            Beatings, humiliation, death threats for an anti-junta political activist
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                            • #15
                              Red-shirt activist Kritsuda reveals details of torture and why no bruises were left o

                              Kritsuda Khunasen, the red-shirt activist who was illegally detained by the junta, said in her latest video clip that the military gave her paracetamol and anti-inflammatory drugs to remove the traces of torture. With the drugs and the period of time between when she was assaulted and when she appeared on TV, her bruises had disappeared.

                              The clip is from the same interview via Skype with Jom Petchpradab, an independent journalist, but was just released on Monday afternoon.

                              Kritsuda was arrested on 27 May and released on June 24, after she appeared on TV

                              When military officers allegedly suffocated her by covering her head with a plastic bag and with a piece of cloth, she said, she became unconscious and the military then splashed water on her.

                              During the interrogation, she was asked repeatedly why she had to help red-shirt political prisoners and who funded her.

                              She said she never saw the faces of the people who assaulted her because all the time, she was blindfolded and her hands were bound on the first seven days of the detention. During this period, a female officer would help her when eating, taking a bath, and when she wanted to go to the toilet. She said while she was naked while taking bath, she heard a male voice.

                              Her boyfriend, who was detained in a military camp and later charged with illegal possession of arms, was thrown into a waste water treatment pond, the activist said.



                              She added that a female military officer told her that some other detainees were also assaulted and that her boyfriend told her he witnessed other detainees having bruises all over their bodies.



                              On Saturday, a video clip of her interview with Jom was released. Kritsuda said she has fled Thailand to start a new life in Europe and that she was forced to compliment the military and say she was very happy during her detention.

                              On Sunday, the junta spokesman denied all allegations, saying that the army had treated her very well, that Kritsuda had been very cooperative, and that her happiness was genuine.
                              http://www.prachatai.com/english/node/4270

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