Thailand: Missing activists’ wives call for justice

December 20, 2016

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(Somchai Neelapaijit lawyer)

Human rights activists whose husbands are still missing years after they mysteriously vanished have urged the government to pass a law on preventing enforced disappearances, to address human rights violations.

Prominent human rights campaigner Angkhana Neelapaijit urged Thai authorities to enact the Torture and Enforced Disappearance Prevention and Suppression bill as quickly as possible, regardless of the fact that no missing persons case has been resolved.

“I have fought a lot in the past 10 years, but nothing has changed,” said Ms Angkhana, whose Thai-Muslim lawyer husband, Somchai Neelapaijai, is one of the missing.

Ms Angkhana addressed a press conference organised by the Sombath Initiative on Monday — named after the missing Laos lawyer — at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) to mark four years since Sombath’s enforced disappearance.

Ms Angkhana said she has lost hope of seeking justice under the present and previous governments.

Her husband, Somchai, a human rights lawyer, is believed to have been abducted by five state officials on Ramkhamhaeng Road in March 2004. His body has never been discovered.

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) declared the Somchai case closed two months ago, reasoning that no culprits were found.


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