Provide Justice to Victims Killed by Government Security Forces

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Target: The Supreme Court of Thailand

Goal: Provide justice to the victims of the Tak Bai killings

Due to a Supreme Court ruling, the 85 people who were killed by security forces at the Tak Bai police station haven’t seen justice. The security forces responsible for their deaths have not been charged or gone to trial; they are instead allowed to violate human rights without being held accountable because of a decree issued by the government. This decree has been in effect since 2005.

It is unclear whether the protesters at the police station grew violent and aggressive, but on October 25, 2004 security forces opened fire on the protesters, killing 7 and injuring 78 who died from their wounds. The injured were either suffocated or crushed to death by security vans who were transporting them to military detention centers. Many of those that were injured were denied medical care. An additional 1,200 people were detained in military custody for several days. It is quite clear that the security forces did not care about the lives of their citizens.

Recently the Supreme Court of Thailand claimed that the security forces were blameless and they had a right to act the way they did. “State impunity is rife in Thailand, in particular in the southern provinces,” said Isabelle Arradon, Amnesty International’s Deputy Asia Pacific Director. “Today’s ruling by the Court will do nothing to ensure that these incidents cannot simply happen again. The authorities have a duty under international law to bring those responsible to justice, and provide full reparations to those affected – the truth of what happened in Tak Bai must be acknowledged.”

The victims’ families have challenged the Court’s ruling on this matter, only to be swatted aside and told to file their challenge with another court. The Songkla Provincial Court also said that those who died in the shooting died from suffocation and did not elaborate further, which is required by law. This sounds like an apparent cover up and it is disrespectful towards the victims and the families who are still suffering. Sign this petition and urge the Supreme Court to conduct an impartial investigation into the killings and convict those who were responsible.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Supreme Court of Thailand,

I am writing in regards to the killings at the Tak Bai police station. During the event seven people were shot by security forces, and another 78 people were killed through suffocation or crushed by security vans. It is obvious to me that these forces had no regard for the lives of these people. The forces could have contained the protesters with other means instead of opening fire. I do not agree with the decree that allows authorities to violate human rights and then not be held accountable for their actions.

These victims had families who are still suffering and they are demanding justice. They want to see the people who shot their sons, daughters, husbands, wives, and cousins charged with murder and put on trial. The legal system is flawed and these families can see that. I implore you to investigate the killings at Tak Bai with an impartial perspective and provide justice to the victims.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Melissa K. Russell via Wikimedia Commons

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