Thailand court released seven opposition protest leaders

On February 22, 2011, a Thai court released seven opposition leaders from the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UFDAD), or "red shirts," who had been detained during pro-democracy protests in March 2010. During their detainment, the UFDAD organized several peaceful rallies calling for their release. In January 2011, the group petitioned the International Criminal Court (ICC) to launch an investigation into whether there were crimes against humanity committed during the 2010 protests. In May 2011, Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the Thai government to investigate the same purported crimes against humanity, and also to focus on interactions between the security forces and the opposition movement.


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