Wading through the treacherous waters of flawed legal records is a common cause of unnecessary distress, particularly in the politically charged region of the deep South. With the case in point being the bomb explosion in Si Sakhon district, Narathiwat province, which took the lives of two bomb disposal officers and gravely injured another, the gravity of the issue is all too real.
In this light, the Prachachat Party steps up to the plate to correct the course of justice. Propelled by their spokesman and Narathiwat representative, Kamonsak Leewamoh, the party sets its sights on two human rights issues. The first is to clear “erroneous criminal records” that unjustly taint the lives of certain individuals, with a particular focus on those struggling in the deep South. The second is to push for the end of the emergency decree enforced across major regions of Yala, Pattani, and Narathiwat.
With the Justice Ministry’s reins safely under the guidance of their party leader, Pol Col Tawee Sodsong, this golden opportunity to campaign for justice-oriented reforms is not lost on the Prachachat Party. As the convener of the parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs, Mr Kamonsak is keen to leverage the party’s past experiences with wrongful criminal records and extensive research base on rights violations. Their intention? To guard not just the rights of the denizens of the southernmost region but also those of the entire country.
Mr Kamonsak confessed that they explored this complex subject for a considerable period. Now, the ball lies squarely in the Prachachat Party’s court to chart a clear path that leads to swift deletion of wrongfully listed names from criminal records.
The Prachachat Party, which enjoys a solid support base within the southernmost region, has been inundated with reports about locals living under the crippling shadow of unwarranted criminal history. This galvanized the party to prioritize this problematic issue in their campaign agenda.
As per Mr Kamonsak’s insights, a significant proportion of individuals burdened with flawed records, particularly in the southernmost region, include those whose prosecution orders were renounced or whose legal proceedings were dismissed by a court. The aftermath of possessing a criminal record is a dire one, obstructing regular activities necessitating legal clearance like overseas travel or job applications.
Incorrect records strike a blow at a person’s rights, leaving them feeling violated. One individual, who chose to remain anonymous, voiced his sense of violation by the immigration police due to a non-prosecution order originating from a court verdict back in 2015.
Certain sectors have made attempts to untangle the issue, like the Royal Thai Police, which successfully eliminated around 10 million innocent individuals from its criminal database between April and June. Nonetheless, enhancing the system overall proves challenging, as per the insights of a security official in the deep South. They face the herculean task of addressing errors on a case-by-case basis, given the absence of an accessible list of individuals with flawed records.