The Thai government should act on the findings of an independent inquiry and prosecute all those responsible for rights abuses during the 2010 political violence, Human Rights Watch said today.
The report of the independent Truth for Reconciliation Commission of Thailand TRCT is Thailand’s first ever independent inquiry of political violence that detailed violence and abuses committed by state security forces and opposition “Red Shirts.”
The TRCT report, released on September 17, 2012, concluded that excessive and unnecessary lethal force by the Thai army and armed elements among the protesters were responsible for at least 90 deaths and more than 2,000 injuries during political confrontations from March to May 2010.
Human Rights Watch found in its May 2011 report “Descent into Chaos” that both government security officials and elements of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship UDD, including the “Black Shirts,” were responsible for the violence, though the government forces were responsible for the large majority of deaths and injuries.
The TRCT urged the government to “address legal violations of all parties through [the] justice system, which must be fair and impartial.”