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Amnesty cancels Thai torture report launch after arrest threat

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Amnesty International on Wednesday cancelled the launch of a report into torture in Thailand after local authorities threatened to arrest the speakers, the human rights organisation said.

Omar Waraich, an Amnesty International spokesman told newsmen, said the four speakers, including representatives from London were met by officials from the Labour Ministry who threatened them with arrest under labour laws.

It confirmed that representatives from the Labour ministry had made a visit to the hotel to prevent the event from happening.

The report, available on Amnesty’s website details the torture by soldiers and the police of suspected insurgents, government opponents, and vulnerable people including members of minorities and drug users.

It documented dozens of cases of ill-treatment including beatings, suffocation by plastic bags, strangling, water boarding and electric shocks to the genitals.

“The Thai authorities should be addressing torture, not human rights activists doing their legitimate work and threatening us with arrest and prosecution,’’ Minar Pimple, Amnesty International’s senior director of global operations, said.

The police were not immediately available for comment.

Edited by: Oluleye Abiodun/Grace Yussuf
(NAN)

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