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Thai drug war toll nears 1,000

Thailand’s interior ministry has said that the death toll from a crackdown on drugs has reached 993 since the campaign started on 1 February. International alarm has spiralled over the mounting toll, which rights groups suspect is partly the result of a government-backed shoot-to-kill policy. The United Nations Commission on Human Rights added its voice to the condemnation on Wednesday, calling on officials to carry out their duty in accordance with international human rights standards. The government and police have repeatedly denied any part in extra-judicial killings, arguing that most of the deaths have resulted from inter-gang warfare. Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who will have served half of his mandate on Thursday, again dismissed the allegations of a shoot-to-kill policy. “They did not die because government officers killed them, they killed each other,” he told reporters. Full Story

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