Hunger striking Thai rights activist dies in detention

She refused “minerals and vitamins” given by the hospital, the statement said.

“She had a cardiac arrest on Tuesday morning and wasn’t responsive to the treatment, which led her to die peacefully at 11.22am,” the statement said.

It added that the hospital will conduct an autopsy to identify the cause of death.

The Southeast Asian regional branch of the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) said it was “deeply disturbed” by Netiporn’s death.

“We call for transparent & impartial investigation into her death & care. Freedom of expression & peaceful assembly are fundamental rights,” the office wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

According to the Human Rights Lawyer Association, there are at least two political prisoners in Thailand who went on hunger strike.

In 2023, two Thai hunger strikers held under royal insult law were given temporary release over health concerns.

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