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ACHR Index: PR/THAI/05/05/04
5 May 2004
Thailand’s Mosque Killings Inquiry Slammed

The Asian Centre for Human Rights, a New Delhi based regional human rights center, today termed the Commission of Inquiry ordered by the government of Thailand on 4 May 2004 into the killings at Pattani's Krue Se Mosque on 28 April 2004 as “restrictive, unrepresentative and inconsistent with international standards on independence and impartiality” for holding such inquiries. Although four members out of the six members of the Inquiry Commission are Muslims, majority of the members are government servants. “The inability to include any body from Pattani reflects the insincerity of the government. It is an attempt to deflect international attention and not an attempt to establish the truth and justice” – stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights.

The Commission of Inquiry is mandated only to inquire the killings at the Krue Se Mosque whereas the killings had taken place all over Pattani. “The killings all over Pattani and the use of disproportionate force in violation of the United Nations Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials by the Thailand’s Army should be one of the key issues of the inquiry and not the killings in the Krue Se Mosque alone. The government of Thailand is already shying away from an independent and impartial inquiry,” – alleged Mr Chakma.

The inclusion of Phummarat Thaksadipong, a former director of the National Intelligence Agency undermines the independence and impartiality of the Commission. The government has failed to include any member of the National Human Rights Commission and civil society organisations.

The Asian Centre for Human Rights calls upon the government of Thailand to conduct the hearing of the inquiry in public and provide guarantees for full safety and security to those who depose before the Commission.

For more information please call Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights in New Delhi, India at +91-11-25503624 or 25620583

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