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Thailand: COVID-19 Rumors Trigger Prison Riot

Expand An officer locks a cell at a prison in Thailand, February 2017.  © 2017 AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit   (Bangkok) – Thai authorities should immediately take concrete steps to ensure that prisoners and detainees have access to adequate protective measures and medical care amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Human Rights Watch said today. Inmate fears sparked a riot on March 29, 2020 at the Buriram Provincial Prison, showing the consequences of the authorities underestimating prisoners’ concerns about the outbreak. The riot in Buriram Prison began in the morning, with about 100 prisoners involved in…

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