We also call on the Thai government to ratify the ICPPED, incorporate its provisions into its domestic legislation, and implement them.
Wanchalearm Satsaksit, an outspoken critic of the military junta that ruled Thailand between 2014 and 2019, was reported to be on a list of individuals accused of violating Article 112 of the Thai Criminal Code (lèse-majesté), for whom the Thai police had issued arrest warrants. He fled to Cambodia from Thailand after the May 2014 military coup.
Wanchalearm was last seen on the afternoon of 4 June 2020 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. According to eyewitness testimonies, Wanchalearm was kidnapped in front of his condominium in Phnom Penh by a group of unidentified men dressed in black. Wanchalearm was taken away in a dark blue/black Toyota Highlander SUV with license plate number 2X2307.
The ICPPED defines enforced disappearance as “the arrest, detention, abduction or any other form of deprivation of liberty by agents of the state or by persons or groups of persons acting with the authorization, support or acquiescence of the state, followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty or by concealment of the fate or whereabouts of the disappeared person.” Enforce disappearance violates numerous fundamental human rights, including the right to personal integrity and the right to liberty and security of the person. These rights are guaranteed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which both Cambodia and Thailand are state parties.
FIDH – International Federation for Human Rights
Cambodia Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC)
Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO)
Internet Law Reform Dialogue (iLaw)
Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR)
Union for Civil Liberty (UCL)
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