Thailand: Torture Victim’s Outspoken Niece Arrested

(New York) – Thai authorities should drop trumped-up criminal proceedings against a woman who has sought justice for her army conscript uncle, who was tortured to death by soldiers in 2011, Human Rights Watch said today. Naritsarawan Kaewnopparat, 25, faces up to five years in prison and a 100,000 baht (US$2,900) fine if found guilty of defamation and publicizing false information online under the Computer Crimes Act.

Naritsarawan Kaewnopparat faces defamation and computer crime charges for publishing online details of army torture of her uncle.

Naritsarawan Kaewnopparat faces defamation and computer crime charges for publishing online details of army torture of her uncle.

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.

Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια εδώ https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/07/27/thailand-torture-victims-outspoken-niece-arrested

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