Rights official worried over arrest of FB users over sharing rape claim

A NATIONAL rights commissioner yesterday criticised the arrest of 10 Facebook users who shared content regarding a rape claim posted on a controversial FB page, saying the move would certainly intimidate people from expressing different views. Angkana Neelapaijit said that police should tolerate opinions that differ from their own, given the fact that the claim has not yet been resolved due to the absence of the complainer’s evidence, the completion of the investigation and a court’s ruling. Her comments were in response to the arrests of 10 Thais for violating the Computer Crimes Act by sharing content from the CSI LA90210 FB page concerning a rape claim made by a 19-year-old Londoner. “The arrests will definitely scare people into not expressing their opinions or views that are different from those of the police authority,” Angkana, a commissioner with the National Human Rights Commission, told The Nation. “I cannot understand why sharing information is considered a crime. If they had shared hate speech, that would be considered a crime.” The investigation of the rape claims has not been completed, police have not yet obtained the testimony from the British girl and the case has not yet gone before a Court. Therefore, the truth of the case has not yet come out, Angkana said, adding that those who had been detained had merely shared information pertaining to the story. They wanted their readers to know another side of it, she said. The woman claimed she was drugged, robbed and raped during her vacation on Koh Tao off Surat Thani province in June. She later filed a police complaint on nearby Koh Pha-ngan. It still remains unclear why she did not file the complaint on Koh Tao. She subsequently alleged that Koh Pha-ngan police had refused to document the rape claim, but accepted... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Rights official worried over arrest of FB users over sharing rape claim, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Rights official worried over arrest of FB users over sharing rape claim





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Published By: Samui Times - Thursday, 6 September, 2018



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