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Cablegate: (Units to State) Embassy/State Department Human

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UNCLAS BANGKOK 003439

SIPDIS

STATE FOR EAP/BCLTV, L/EAP, L/PM, PM/ISO, INR AND DRL
PACOM FOR FPA HUSO, JIATF/WEST FOR COMMANDER BUSCH

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MASS MARR MOPS PREL PHUM TH HUMAN RIGHTS VETTING
SUBJECT: (UNITS TO STATE) EMBASSY/STATE DEPARTMENT HUMAN
RIGHTS VETTING FOR: EXERCISE BALANCE TORCH 05-3.

REF: A. JIATF WEST J33/JUSMAG-THAI MEMO DATED 28 APR 2005

B. STATE 021314 - GUIDANCE
C. 03 STATE 34981 - GUIDANCE

1. This is an action request.

2. Joint Interagency Task Force West J33/JUSMAG THAI has
requested that the Embassy/State Department complete human
rights vetting for units that have been selected to
participate in Exercise Balance Torch 05-3 scheduled from 18
July to 23 Sept. 2005. To meet internal DOD advance
deployment deadlines, they have requested that the review of
human rights reports and files be completed no later than May
31, 2005, if possible.

3. Although the Commanding Officer of the 5th Infantry
Regiment of the 4th Army was removed from command and is
under investigation for his role in the Tak Bai incident, no
one from that unit taking part in this exercise is under
investigation for human rights abuses. The Embassy possesses
no credible evidence that any of the units listed below in
paragraph four have committed gross violations of human
rights. Please advise whether the Department has any
relevant information on the units listed below.

4. Participants in the Exercise are as follows:

ROYAL THAI ARMY UNITS:

1st Army Area
-- HQ, 1st AA (approximately 3 pax)
-- 1st Infantry Division (approx. 120 pax)
-- 31st Infantry Regiment (approx. 12 pax)

2nd Army Area
-- HQ, 2 AA (approx. 3 pax)
-- 6th Infantry Division
-- 16th Infantry Regiment (approx. 120 personnel)

3rd Army Area
-- 1st Cavalry Division
-- 3rd Cavalry Regiment (approx. 120 pax)

4th Army Area
-- 5th Infantry Division
-- 5th Infantry Regiment (approx. 40 pax)
-- 15th Infantry Regiment (approx. 40 pax)
ARVIZU

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