BANGKOK, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Thailand's parliament on Wednesday started debating draft leg...

Thai lawmakers debate long-awaited legislation on torture, abductions – Reuters

BANGKOK, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Thailand's parliament on Wednesday started debating draft legislation outlawing torture and enforced disappearance, following years of delay and civil society outrage over alleged abuses and impunity among law enforcement personnel.A draft bill designed to prevent and punish rogue state officials who abduct and torture suspects was initially approved by cabinet in 2016 but its progress stalled in the legislature.Thailand signed an international convention on protection from enforced disappearance in 2012 but has not ratified the treaty.A United Nations panel has recorded 82 cases of enforced disappearances in Thailand since 1980, while at least nine Thai …

 

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