By Human Rights Watch, 2009.
This report documents episodes of the military systematically using intimidation, rape and violence against the civilian population to advance the personal and financial interests of members of the military prior to the September 2009 crackdown against pro-democracy demonstrators. This includes pressure on the judiciary to rule in favor of individual soldiers and the military’s takeover of the investigative work of the police and gendarmerie despite the military’s lack of expertise and respect for the rule of law. The report concludes with series of eyewitness accounts of abuses and calls on the military junta to condemn these actions while reinstating the capacity for independent criminal investigations. [HTML]