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By Anna Lawattanatrakul |
Left without answers following the disappearance of her husband, human rights lawyer Somchai Neelapaijit, Angkhana Neelapaijit has not only spearheaded the search for him but also campaigned for the criminalization of enforced disappearance in Thailand. Today, 20 years later, Angkhana is a member of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. We speak to Angkhana 20 years after Somchai’s disappearance about her life since her husband went missing and her hope for Thailand after the enforcement of the new anti-torture and enforced disappearance law.
Thailand must reveal the fate and whereabouts of human rights lawyer Somchai Neelapaijit who was forcibly disappeared 20 years ago, UN experts* said today (11 March).
By Amnesty International |
As the 20th anniversary of lawyer Somchai Neelapaijit's disappearance arrives without justice or truth for his family, Amnesty International Thailand's regional researcher Chanatip Tatiyakaroonwong says cases of enforced disappearance in Thailand highlights its culture of impunity and calls on the Thai authorities to take steps to ensure accountability and redress for all victims of enforced disappearance before seeking a seat on the UN Human Rights Council.
By Sunai Phasuk |
<div> <div><em>Still no justice for Somchai Neelapaijit and countless other victims&nbsp;</em></div> <div> </div></div>
<h2><strong>INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE VICTIMS OF ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCES</strong></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Thai Lawyers for Human Rights and the Cross Cultural Foundation write to you on this day, the 2017 International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, to express our serious concern at the ongoing delay in passing legislation aimed at protecting against torture, ill-treatment and enforced disappearance and the </div>
<div>A coalition of human rights organisations has condemned the junta’s suspension of a bill aimed at criminalising state enforced torture and disappearance, arguing the legal gap facilitates human rights abuses.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 1 March 2017, a coalition of human rights groups including Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, the Cross Cultural Foundation, and the Human Rights Lawyers Association released <a href="">a statement</a> expressing alarm that the military government is taking steps backwards in the criminalisation of state enforced torture and </div>
By Kornkritch Somjittranukit |
<div> <div>A photographer has travelled across Thailand to document suppressed stories of enforced disappearances and the country’s culture of impunity. </div></div>
<div>After a 12-year fight for justice, the authorities have closed their investigation into the disappearance of a human rights lawyer with no one being prosecuted.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 12 October 2016, Angkhana Neelapaijit, a Commissioner of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC),&nbsp;<a href=";set=a.10151408427793268.551438.740933267&amp;type=3&amp;theater">posted</a>&nbsp;on her Facebook account that she had received a letter from the Department of Special Investigation (DSI).&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div p> </div>
<p>Despite the fact that he disappeared 12 years ago in 2004, the name Somchai Neelapaijit, a renowned human rights lawyer, has appeared on the voter list for the draft charter referendum.</p>
By Human Rights Watch |
<p>The&nbsp;<a href=";RE=MC&amp;RI=4432086&amp;Preview=False&amp;DistributionActionID=95445&amp;Action=Follow+Link">Thai</a>&nbsp;government should reopen the investigation of the enforced disappearance and presumed murder of a prominent Muslim human rights lawyer, Human Rights Watch said today.</p>
By UN News Centre |
<p>Calling on Thailand to criminalize enforced disappearance in its laws in line with international standards, the top United Nations human rights official today urged the Government to take decisive and sustained steps to investigate the whereabouts of at least 82 people listed as disappeared.</p>
By Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) |
<p>Paris, Bangkok, 12 March 2015: Thailand must urgently ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED) and step up efforts to investigate the enforced disappearance of Somchai Neelapaijit, FIDH and its member organization Union For Civil Liberty (UCL) said today. The two organizations made the call on the 11th anniversary of Somchai Neelapaijit’s disappearance.</p>