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Thai Govt ‘Willing’ To Abolish Death Penalty: Official

The Thai government may abolish Thailand’s death penalty in the near future, a senior official said, as delegates from around the world overwhelmingly supported the UN’s proposal for suspension of death sentence.

“The Ministry of Justice has drafted its plan for national human rights. The goal of the plan is to abolish death penalty,” said Chanchao Chaiyanukit, deputy permanent secretary of the Ministry of Justice.

He continued, “It is possible for us to abolish death penalty, if we manage to accomplish the national human rights plan and convince the public to be confident that the Ministry can still punish wrongdoers without death penalty.”

Chanchao also claimed that Thailand has not actually executed any prisoner in the last ten years. However, a report by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) indicated that the last execution in Thailand in fact took place in April 2009, when two men were put to death by lethal injection with just one-hour notice at Bang Khwang Prison.

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