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05BANGKOK1901 THAILAND: 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 001901

 

SIPDIS

 

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

PACOM FOR FPA HUSO

 

E.O. 12958: N/A

TAGS: MASS MARR PREL PHUM TH HUMAN RIGHTS VETTING

SUBJECT: THAILAND: EMBASSY/STATE DEPARTMENT HUMAN RIGHTS

VETTING FOR EXERCISE BALANCE TORCH (BT) 05-2

 

REF: A. STATE 042012

¶B. BANGKOK 1163

¶C. STATE 021314 – GUIDANCE

¶D. 03 STATE 34981 – GUIDANCE

 

¶1. As authorized per Ref A, with the exception of the 25

regiment noted in Para 3 below, Embassy verifies that the

Department of State possesses no credible information of

Gross violations of human rights by the Royal Thai units

identified below to participate in Balance Torch 05-2, as of

this date. However please note additional comments from

Bangkok in Para. 3. Embassy Bangkok’s Political Officer

Robert J. Clarke is the verifying officer for the Department

of State.

 

¶2. Selected units are:

 

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)

 

¶3. 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. Embassy Bangkok notes

that an added feature of the training these units will

receive in this exercise is an expanded Human Rights Training

Course.

BOYCE

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August 28, 2011 at 5:35 am

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