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Reform committee might go for complete rewrite of National Police Bill

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Thailand’s police are under the spotlight. Along with many other aspects of long-existing work cultures, the Thai police culture is now coming under scrutiny from both ends – the NCPO who want real change and opposition forces who see the Thai police as facilitators of much of the country’s corruption problems.

The country’s law reform committee has been tackling the thorny issue of tackling systemic police corruption by reworking the laws that oversee the entire police force.

“The law reform committee may not just amend the National Police Bill as proposed by the police reform panel but may opt for a complete rewrite of the entire bill and amend other related laws.” This from Kamnoon Sidhisamarn a member of the law reform committee yesterday (April 21).

He says that the overhaul of the National Police Bill must be able to address two fundamental issues: firstly, to address the plight of citizens and others from abuses by the police and their expectations from the police and, secondly, to address the plight of the police themselves regarding unfair promotions and transfers and various shortages in the police force.

Mr Kamnoon said that the two fundamental issues must be addressed within the six frameworks initiated by the PM Prayut Chan-o-cha.

The frameworks include as follows:

  • Whether any responsibilities which are not directly related to the police job should be transferred to the other governmental agencies;
  • Whether the police inquiry power to interrogate suspects should be retained with the police or should be separated to other or a new agency;
  • Clear guidelines on police promotions of police officers from the top down to the bottom, especially the criterion on seniority;
  • The readiness of police in their performance of duty which must take into the account the problems of budgetary and equipment adequacy;
  • Whether forensic work should come under the jurisdiction of the police or should it be an independent entity with public justice being the key issue for consideration;
  • Welfare and complaint systems within the police force.

SOURCE: Thai PBS, The Thaiger

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Muay Thai for five year olds – Sport or child abuse?

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Video of two five year olds fighting in a boxing ring has sparked a lot of reaction. The young kids in the 17 kilo division (yes, there’s such a thing) are shown punching each other’s heads, with the occasional kick, as a crowd of baying adults urge them on.

Sanook reports that as one boy is repeatedly forced into a corner the referee makes no attempt to seriously intervene. He merely lets the boys continue flailing at each other in the center of the ring.

Neither child is wearing any head protection.

The video – posted by “Yuthaphoom Khunseuk Tragoonyang” – goes on for a full two minutes. You can watch the video HERE.

Sanook say opinion fell into two camps – one group were praising this as an expression of Thai culture though the national sport of Muay Thai, the other condemning it as nothing more than child abuse for the pleasure of adults that violated the rights of children.

Sanook said that doctors at Mahidol University have stated that 100,000 children under the age of 15 are competing in Muay Thai prize fights in Thailand. They point out that children of this age should not be fighting due to potential damage to the brain.

The Thaiger story about the Mahidol University report HERE.

Sanook said that moves are currently being made to seek a change in the law that allows such “sport”.

SOURCE: Sanook

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