Rights groups fear wave of deaths as Thailand faces new drugs crackdown

Rights groups fear wave of deaths as Thailand faces new drugs crackdown – The Guardian, July 10, 2011
…More than 2,500 people died in three months after Thaksin Shinawatra ordered police to draw up blacklists of suspected dealers and act “decisively and without mercy”. Though the police blamed gang crime for most of the deaths – they said 68 were shot by officers “in self-defence” – human rights groups say there is compelling evidence of extra-judicial killings. A committee later reported that more than half the dead, including a nine-year-old boy, had not been involved in the drugs trade…

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