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.
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.
Siam Theerawut’s mother went to the Embassy of Vietnam in Bangkok this afternoon (13 May) to file a request to the Vietnamese authorities to disclose information on her son’s disappearance.
After reports surfaced on Thursday (9 May) of the disappearance of three activists in exile in Vietnam, both Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have expressed their concerns over the activists’ safety and called on the Thai government to disclose information about their whereabouts.
In an official communication to the Thai government made public this week, UN human rights experts expressed serious concern about the alleged enforced disappearance and extrajudicial execution of political dissidents Surachai Saedan, Chatchan Bupphawan, Kraidej Luelert, and Itthipol Sukpan and called for the Thai government to release information concerning their fate.
The Thai Alliance for Human Rights (TAHR) has issued a statement earlier today (9 May) that three political exiles have been arrested in Vietnam, and have now been handed over to the Thai authorities. Piangdin Rakthai, a TAHR leader in exile calling for the right of his fellow activists to access fair trial.
On 23 Dec 2018, Facebook user Romchalee Sinseubpol, a refugee living in a neighbouring country, published a post saying that Surachai Danwattananusorn (Surachai Saedan), a 75-year-old political activist who fled Thailand after the May 2014 coup, had disappeared from his residence along with 2 other refugees he had been staying with. The last time he made contact through phone calls was on 12 Dec 2018.
The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia is concerned with the lack of progress on the investigation of the enforced disappearance of prominent Karen human rights defender Mr Pholachi “Billy” Rakchongcharoen who has been missing for four years. Billy was last seen when he was arrested by Kaengkrachan Park officials on 17 April 2014 for allegedly possessing illegal bottles of wild honey.
We're talking to Pratubjit Neelapaijit, as the daughter affected by the disappearance of her father Somchai Neelapaijit and the 14 lost years with no return in terms of law, reflecting on the contradictory state of human rights where the state chooses to support some cases, and chooses to arrest only some people. She points out that developing a democratic society is the way out and that all sides have a role in reconciliation. International Women's Day has come around again in March.
Five years after the abduction of the prominent, internationally acclaimed Lao development worker Sombath Somphone by Lao state agents, the Lao government has done very little to find the truth, experts said. Meanwhile, the enforced disappearance of Sombath has raised debates about the Lao government’s ambition to boost its economy through development projects, while it continues to suppress civil rights. 15 December 2017 marks five years since Sombath was last seen by his family.