Amnesty International says Thailand’s military government has allowed a “culture of torture” to flourish since the army seized power in a 2014 coup.
The 7 August referendum on a new constitution will be the first real test of the junta’s popularity since it took power more than two years ago.
Thai soldiers in Tak province have been put on high alert after heavy fighting between Burmese government soldiers and Karen rebels temporarily closed the Mae Sot border pass.
Thailand’s 3rd Army commander will discuss preparations to repatriate refugees during a three-day summit in August with Burmese officials.
A Thai Army spokesman denied reports on Monday regarding the Thai military’s intentions to repatriate within a year roughly 130,000 Burmese refugees.
The Thai military seized power, dissolving the caretaker government, suspending the Constitution and ordering protesters to return home in a bloodless coup Thursday.