Isoc drops defamation suit over torture disclosures

Joint panel to look at, solve complaints

The Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) has decided to drop its defamation lawsuit against three activists who exposed 54 cases of torture in the deep South. From top left, clockwise, human rights lawyer Somchai Homla-or, Anchana Heemmina of torture victims' aid Duay Jai Group, Pornpen Khongkachonkiet of the Cross-Cultural Foundation - and their book, published last year. (File photos)

The Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) has agreed to drop all defamation charges against three human rights activists after the two sides agreed to work together to prove 54 cases of alleged torture and human rights violations among security suspects in Isoc's custody.

The director of the Cross-Cultural Foundation, Pornpen Khongkachonkiet, Anchana Heemmina, founder of the Duay Jai Group, and Somchai Homla-or, a human rights lawyer, were facing criminal charges for violating Computer Crime Act by releasing a 2016 report that recounted allegations of torture by security forces in the southern border provinces.

Isoc said they reached the agreement with the three activists recently, who announced the decision at a press conference Tuesday.

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