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Thailand eyes anti-torture law ahead of rights scrutiny at U.N.

Despite divisions between government camps, Bangkok says third effort will succeed

Police officers face pro-democracy demonstrators demanding the release of their leaders in Bangkok in February.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thai parliamentarians are taking another crack at passing a law to end the grim practice of torture and enforced disappearances before the country again faces international scrutiny for its human rights record.

A special committee is examining drafts that will be synthesized into one bill in time for a second reading after parliament begins its next session in November. A final vote during the pivotal third reading is expected just before Thailand faces the United Nation Human Right Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in November.

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