Still no justice for Somchai Neelapaijit and countless other victims
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE VICTIMS OF ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCES 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
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. 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 statement expressing alarm that the military government is taking steps backwards in the criminalisation of state enforced torture and
A photographer has travelled across Thailand to document suppressed stories of enforced disappearances and the country’s culture of impunity.
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. On 12 October 2016, Angkhana Neelapaijit, a Commissioner of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), posted on her Facebook account that she had received a letter from the Department of Special Investigation (DSI).
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.
The Thai government should reopen the investigation of the enforced disappearance and presumed murder of a prominent Muslim human rights lawyer, Human Rights Watch said today.
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.
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.
A new ICJ report criticizes the Thai Government’s failure to take the steps necessary to establish the fate and whereabouts of missing lawyer Somchai Neelapaijit, saying it illustrates the challenges of achieving justice in cases of serious human violations in Thailand. In the report, Ten Years Without Truth: Somchai Neelapaijit and Enforced Disappearances in Thailand, the ICJ documents the tortuous legal history of the case.