Govt urged to stop arresting students with ties to deep South

Breaking News October 20, 2016 06:49

By The Nation

THE THAI ACADEMIC Network for Civil Rights (TANC) Thursday issued a statement calling on the government to refrain from arbitrarily arresting students in Bangkok who have roots in the deep South. 

The group also urged the government to release people who had been detained without being charged and to prosecute normally the cases if there is evidence of wrongdoing.

The TANC was referring to security operations in Bangkok’s Ramkhamhaeng area between October 10 and 15, which resulted in the detention of 44 students without charge. Most were later released, although five were transferred to Pattani’s Ingkhayuth Military Camp and one to Khlong Prem Prison. 

Authorities have conducted similar operations periodically, with the latest one on Wednesday, when seven students were detained and a raid targeted a university’s Muslim student club, the group said. 


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