Amnesty Blasts Thai Drug Death Squads
Author: Jonty Skrufff
Saturday, November 15, 2003
"The government has failed to initiate independent, impartial, effective and prompt investigations into these killings," said Amnesty (The Vanguard [Nigeria]).
"The Thai government appeared to condone killing of drug suspects by unknown assailants as one method of fighting the drugs war."
Mr Shinawatra launched his campaign this February promising to match 'cruelty with cruelty' (Straits Times (Singapore) and has been dismissive of civil rights concerns ever since.
"Human rights groups and non-government organizations are doing their own jobs and we're doing our job," government spokesman Sita Divari said in May (Reuters).
"I think the Thai public believes in a drug-free Thailand and the government has been well supported."