Classifieds 50% off, use promo code FBkpkPromo The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort
The Phuket News Thailand News
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World | Business | Q&A | Weird World XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

11 organisations call for ‘true’ police reforms

BANGKOK: Eleven people’s organisations yesterday (May 21) issued a joint statement opposing a proposal to bring the Royal Thai Police (RTP) under the control of the Justice Ministry without undergoing concrete structural reforms.

crime, corruption, police, politics, culture,


Bangkok Post

Monday 22 May 2017, 08:48AM


A police cadet stands near the national flag during a graduation ceremony at the Royal Police Cadet Academy in Samphran district, Nakhon Pathom, on Oct 16, 2016. Photo: Pawat Laopaisarntaksin
A police cadet stands near the national flag during a graduation ceremony at the Royal Police Cadet Academy in Samphran district, Nakhon Pathom, on Oct 16, 2016. Photo: Pawat Laopaisarntaksin

The proposal was made by a joint special sub-committee of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) and the National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA), chaired by Lt Col Bunruang Phonphanit.

Lt Col Bunruang said at a news conference last week that the main purpose of bringing the RTP under the jurisdiction of the Justice Ministry was to ensure improved integration and cooperation among the various branches of the judicial system.

He said the proposal was to be forwarded to a tripartite committee with members from the cabinet, the NLA and the NRSA for approval before it goes to the cabinet for endorsement.

Included in the proposal were new qualification requirements for future RTP chiefs and an increase in police salaries to a level considered sufficient for them to support their families and boost morale.

The 11 organisations – which included the People’s Network for Police Reforms (PoliceWatch), the Cross Cultural Foundation, the Human Rights and Development Foundation, the Union for Civil Liberty, the Committee of Relatives of May 1992 Heroes, the Friends of Women Foundation, the Campaign Committee for Human Rights and the Campaign for Popular Democracy – issued a statement saying that the proposal should not be approved without the inclusion of measures to reform the police agency.

In the statement, the organisations said they did not want the RTP, with over 220,000 police under its command, to continue to exist and operate in its present form, which they said had caused trouble to the people for the past several decades.

The police reforms must concentrate on concrete structural changes to ensure justice for the people, they said, not on the qualifications of future RTP chiefs or an increase in police salaries.

The increase in police salaries would not be a guarantee that senior police officers would not be corrupt or act as “villains in uniforms”, said the statement.

BIS

The organisations called for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to respond quickly to a resolution passed by the NLA for nine police units to be transferred to other ministries, based on their responsibilities.

They called for interrogation work to be taken away from the RTP to ensure justice in crime investigations, and for public prosecutors to handle the interrogations of cases which carry a jail term of more than 10 years.

They argued that there should be rooms especially designed for interrogation, equipped with audio-visual devices to record the questioning sessions, which could be called up for review as needed.

The statement said that it would not make any difference whether the RTP was under the Justice Ministry, the Interior Ministry or the prime minister as long as the agency had not undergone true structural reforms, particularly the transfer of interrogation work from the police to another agency.

There would be no real reform if a police officer was allowed to sit as chairman or as a member of a committee working on police reforms, the statement said.

The organisations said in the statement that after three years of waiting, the government installed by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) had not made any progress regarding police reforms – leaving a majority of Thai people to continue living in fear of maltreatment by people in uniforms.

Read original story here.

 

 

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:
    Forget your password?

Kurt | 22 May 2017 - 13:21:32

A good, over all respected, well educated, non corrupt, sincere police organization in which you can not buy promotion, is one of the back bones of a good and stable functioning country.
Can the present Government without a good and strict police reform first  hand over power to new elected civil government?

The Phuket News

Sam hayman | 22 May 2017 - 11:45:41

National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) had not made any progress regarding police reforms – leaving a majority of Thai people to continue living in fear of maltreatment by people in uniforms.

The Phuket News

KCPhuket | 22 May 2017 - 09:26:24

Progress we hope. Certainly an effort to join the modern world. Got to start at the top in this case.

The Phuket News
Matches 3 result(s)
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments


Fears for thousands of tower block residents after London inferno

Let's hope that Thai Government also looks into cladding ( outer coverings) of high rise buildings. It will give peace of mind when the thai Gove...(Read More)


Phuket officials to patrol Rawai pier to check for begging sea gypsy kids

Sounds noble. Could it be though that these officially non-thai citizens / children... are not sharing a cut of thier earnings with..... Aaaaah. ...(Read More)


Tons of rubbish cleared in Phuket airport beach clean-up

Kurt; I'm well aware of the antics but have to correct him. Jor 12; your assertion that is must be a foreigner whom can't read the Thai langua...(Read More)


Apisak tries to deflate windfall tax fears

In Australia (WA) there is no capital gains tax on your own residence with up to 4 acres/ 12 rai of land providing you live there and do not rent it o...(Read More)


‘I was framed,’ school chief swears

Jor12,clearly a case of not reading/understanding an article well.And because of that rumors/lies get spread....(Read More)


Phuket officials to patrol Rawai pier to check for begging sea gypsy kids

Jor12, perhaps it is the parents you need to employ, they are the ones who know how to exploit children. It's not the kids who are "enterpris...(Read More)


‘I was framed,’ school chief swears

Kurt...where in the article is it stated - as you allege, "The school director said it clearly: His deputy accepted ( was ordered?) the 400,000 o...(Read More)


Tons of rubbish cleared in Phuket airport beach clean-up

I like the comment made by"concerned"A few words only but it says it all,contrary to someone who makes a doctoral-thesis out of it again....(Read More)


School director accused in ‘tea money’ scandal

Jor12, the probe is into the accusation of taking tea money. The article is very clear, in black and white, but hey, you can have the last say, I can&...(Read More)


Phuket officials to patrol Rawai pier to check for begging sea gypsy kids

What great enterprising kids! Excellent. Shows great initiative. They know where the money is and actively go out and get it. In 10 years time I'd...(Read More)

The Phuket News
Bangkok Hospital Phuket
PHUKET NEWS
Phuket
Thailand
World
Business
Q A
Weird World
ARCHIVE
POLL
CURRENCY
WEATHER
PHUKET TIDE TABLE
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
Photo Galleries
COLOURING BOOK
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket
Thailand
World
SURF REPORT
PREDICTIONS
The Phuket News PHUKET CLASSIFIEDS
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
SEARCH CLASSIFIEDS
POST CLASSIFIED
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
POST EVENT
The Phuket News PHUKET DIRECTORY
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
POST LISTING
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Subscribe
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
CONTESTS
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
 
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2017 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.