Investigation and prosecution procedures should be improved, including immediate filing of first information reports, immediate investigation, rapid referral to DSI, involvement of independent forensic experts, provision of witness protection, and respect for the rights of the relatives. Where necessary commissions of inquiry should be established into particular categories of enforced disappearances and other human rights violations such as (i) ongoing disappearances related to suspicion of involvement with drugs; (ii) human rights violations in northern Thailand in 2003; and (iii) killings and disappearances of activists. A national level reparations mechanism should be established. Until this is established in all cases of enforced disappearance relatives should receive interim compensation. The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand should play a significantly enhanced role in establishing the truth and ensuring justice and reparations. In all known cases of enforced disappearances there should be independent and thorough investigations leading to prosecutions and sentencing of the perpetrators.
Enforced Disappearances in Thailand