10 Sep 2019
Since the announcement that bones bones found in Kaeng Krachan Dam have been confirmed to be those of Karen environmental activist and community rights defender Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen, who went missing in 2014. Several human rights organizations have since called for the Thai authorities to conduct an investigation into his abduction and murder.
6 Sep 2019
When the bones now confirmed to be that of disappeared Karen activist were discovered in Kaeng Krachan Dam, an oil drum were also found. Prachatai looks back at the history of the "Red Drum," state violence, and the culture of impunity in Thailand.
4 Sep 2019
The announcement that the remains of Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen, a Karen rights activist, have been located, bringing a sad end to years of uncertainty for his family. This development should lead to a renewed focus on identifying the perpetrator(s) of his apparent enforced disappearance and bringing them to justice, said the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and Amnesty International today (4 September).
4 Sep 2019
The Thai government must urgently pass a draft law to address the heinous crimes of torture and enforced disappearances, after amending it to comply with Thailand’s international law obligations, Amnesty International said today (30 August), the International Day of the Disappeared.
3 Sep 2019
At 13.00 today, the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) held a press conference to reveal that DNA tests have confirmed that bones found in Kaeng Krachan Dam are those of the missing Karen environmental activist and community rights defender Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen, who disappeared in 2014.
31 Aug 2019
On the International Day of the Disappeared (30 August), former human rights commissioner Angkhana Neelapaijit published an open letter to the government, parliament, and other relevant agencies calling for the Prevention and Suppression of Torture and Enforced Disappearance Bill to be presented to the elected House of Representatives for re-consideration.
30 Aug 2019
The family of Karen human rights defender Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen, along with a lawyer from the Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA) and the Cross Cultural Foundation (CrCF), filed a request with the Phetchaburi Provincial Court to have Porlajee declared legally dead on 27 August, says CrCF. Porlajee "Billy" Rackchongcharoen and his family (file)
13 Aug 2019
Three months after the disappearance of Siam Theerawut and two other political refugees, his sister said that the family is still looking for traces of him to send to the various organizations they have asked for help. The demonstration in front of the Thai Embassy in Paris
12 Aug 2019
The Australian government should press the Laogovernment to take serious steps to remedy its poor human rights record at the 6th Australia-Laos human rights dialogue on August 12, 2019, in Canberra, Human Rights Watch said today.
18 Jul 2019
Two months after the disappearance of three Thai political refugees in Vietnam, the Vietnamese authorities have denied having any information on what happened to the group. Left: Siam TheerawutRight: Surachai Danwattananusorn
13 Jun 2019
It has been a month since Siam Theerawut went missing along with two other refugees, Chucheep “Uncle Sanam Luang” Chiwasut and Kritsana Tupthai, after it was reported that they had been arrested in Vietnam and extradited to Thailand on 8 May. So far, neither the Thai nor Vietnamese authorities have disclosed information about the three men’s fate.
16 May 2019
Korakot Phiangjai introduces Siam Theerawut, a political refugee who was reportedly arrested along with two other refugees, including famous underground radio host "Uncle Sanam Luang," and extradited from Vietnam to Bangkok. Neither the Thai nor Vietnamese authorities have acknowledged their arrest or extradition.