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Thailand - February 2023

Law countering torture and enforced disappearances delayed

The Thai cabinet issued a decree on 19 February postponing the implementation of two articles of the Act on Prevention and Suppression of Torture and Enforced Disappearance until 1 October 2023, citing a lack of equipment and personnel required to enforce the law. The law, following several years of delay, was scheduled to go into effect on 22 February and would require police to record arrests and interrogations, as well as prohibit enforced disappearances. Rights experts have denounced the delay as unjustified and said it will allow officials to continue to engage in abusive practices.

Sources: The Nation Thailand, Human Rights Watch

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