Members of the Thai security forces who are responsible for the deaths of 85 protesters eight years ago today at Tak Bai in southern Thailand must be brought to justice, Amnesty International said.
It was on 25 October 2004 that security forces opened fire on protesters demonstrating outside Tak Bai police station in the southern province of Narathiwat.
Seven were shot dead, and a further 78 were crushed or suffocated to death in army vans transporting them to a military detention camp.
“It is shameful that no one has been brought to justice for these deaths, and that there is virtual impunity for other serious human rights violations in the ongoing internal armed conflict in the south,” said Isabelle Arradon, Director of Amnesty International’s South East Asia Program.
“Unfortunately, this case highlights the serious problem of state impunity that currently prevails in the south and throughout the country.”