On Sunday, China became the latest Asian country to ratchet up its police response to a spate of anti-government protests.
It has cracked down on anti-China protests that have rocked major Chinese cities, killing at least one protester and injuring more than 500.
At least 100 people were killed in Hong Kong on Sunday after police tried to remove protesters from the city’s main thoroughfare.
The government has also cracked down harder on anti–China protests in several Southeast Asian countries, including Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Thailand, one of the Southeast Asian nations with the world’s second-highest per capita murder rate, has seen a rise in violent protests in recent weeks.
But a new report by the Southeast Asia Association of Human Rights and Democracy, or SEAPED, shows that the country has the world-leading worst per capita rate of violent deaths in the region.
The group compiled a map showing the locations of the most deadly violent incidents in Thailand and then compared that with the per capita deaths of people ages 10 and older.
It found that, while Thailand has been cracking down hard on protests, it has not seen the number of killings or assaults spike as dramatically as some other countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
But, in the past few months, Thailand has seen more than 300 violent incidents reported.
In a separate report published Sunday, the South China Morning Post said that the number for the region as a whole has risen to 2,637 incidents since June 5, up from 1,811 on June 5.
“It is clear that the Thai government is targeting protesters with increased violence,” said Stephen Jones, the Asia director for Amnesty International.
“But what is also clear is that this increase is not simply driven by political turmoil and anger.
It is also driven by a systematic campaign of intimidation and coercion that targets the rights of protesters and bystanders.”
In a statement, the government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said that “the government will take action to protect the people from violence and violence will not be tolerated.”
“In response to the recent wave of anti-[Chinese] violence, the Thai authorities have launched a campaign to control the unrest, particularly those against China, with a focus on preventing the spread of the virus and preventing other forms of unrest,” the statement said.