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05BANGKOK1163 EMBASSY/STATE DEPARTMENT HUMAN RIGHTS VETTING FOR: EXERCISE BALANCE TORCH (BT) 05-2

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This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS BANGKOK 001163

 

SIPDIS

 

STATE FOR EAP/BCLTV, L/EAP, L/PM, PM/ISO, INR AND DRL

PACOM FOR FPA HUSO

 

E.O. 12958: N/A

TAGS: MASS MARR MOPS PREL PHUM TH HUMAN RIGHTS VETTING

SUBJECT: EMBASSY/STATE DEPARTMENT HUMAN RIGHTS VETTING FOR:

EXERCISE BALANCE TORCH (BT) 05-2

 

REF: JUSMAG THAI MEMO DATED 3 FEBRUARY 2005.

 

¶1. This is an action request.

 

¶2. JUSMAGTHAI has requested that the Embassy/State

Department complete human rights vetting for units that have

been selected to participate in Exercise Balance Torch (BT)

05-2 from 11 April – 3 June 2005. To meet internal DOD

advance deployment deadlines, they have requested that the

review of human rights reports and files be completed no

later than eight weeks prior to the exercise, if possible.

 

¶3. The Embassy possesses no credible evidence that any of

the units listed below in paragraph four have committed gross

violations of human rights. The Embassy has important

information, contained in paragraph 5, about one of the

units. Please advise whether the Department has any relevant

information on the units listed in paragraph four below.

 

¶4. Participants in the Exercise are as follows:

 

ROYAL THAI ARMY UNITS

 

Special Warfare Command, 1st Special Forces Division, 1st

Special Forces Regiment

– (approx. 20 personnel)

 

1st Army Area, 1st Infantry Division, 1st Infantry Regiment

(approx. 440 personnel)

 

2nd Army Area, 3rd Infantry Division, 3rd Infantry Regiment

(approx. 220 personnel)

 

4th Army Area, 5th Infantry Division, 25th Infantry Regiment

(approx. 220 personnel)

 

ROYAL THAI NAVY

 

HQ, Special Warfare Group (approx. 50 personnel)

 

¶5. Thai media reports indicated that members of the 25th

Infantry Regiment were involved in the April 28, 2004 assault

upon militants holding the Krue Sae Mosque in Pattani

Province. 32 militants who had occupied the mosque and who

were part of a series of regional attacks against Thai

Government institutions and murders of Thai officials were

killed by Thai special forces who stormed and retook the

mosque. An independent commission was set up by the Royal

Thai Government to investigate the incident and concluded

that excessive force was used in retaking the mosque. The

investigation did not/not name the 25th Infantry Division as

having committed human rights violations. MG Surapun

Wongthai, G-3 for the Royal Thai Army, has assured JUSMAGTHAI

that no members of the 25th Infantry Division have been

implicated, or are expected to be implicated, with excesses

associated with retaking the mosque. Post notes that an

added feature of the training these units will receive in

this exercise is an expanded human rights training course.

Embassy Bangkok Political Counselor Robert J. Clarke is the

verifying officer for the Embassy/Department of State.

BOYCE

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