NHRC wants results on missing activists

NHRC wants results on missing activists

Govt urged to start investigations into 9 circumstances

NHRC wants results on missing activists

The government is being urged by the National Human Rights Commission ( NHRC ) to seriously pursue the cases that relate to nine self-exiled Thai political activists who have vanished in neighboring countries.

Somboon Muangklam, an assistant to Justice Minister Tawee Sodsong and the chairman of the committee on the prevention and suppression of rape and enforced disappearance, was the subject of a document that was presented to the NHRC on Tuesday, according to Sayamol Kaiyorawong, a part of the NHRC.

Ms. Sayamol reported that the NHRC had looked into problems about nine people who had been denied social prison in Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam between 2017 and 2021.

The absent people were Ittipon Sukpaen, Wuthipong Kochathamakun, Surachai Danwattananusorn, Chucheep Chiwasut, Kritsana Thapthai, Siam Theerawut and Wanchalearm Satsaksit.

The next two– Chatcharn Buppawan and Kraidej Luelert– are dying. Later in 2018, their bodies were discovered stuffed in practical along the Mekong River borders with Laos.

In all instances, parties involved in a violation of the Computer Crime Act, Section 112, or social security were found to be in jeopardized.

The NHRC claimed that the government has been slow to pursue the circumstances and that the prosecution of the culprits has not progressed, giving them the impression that state agencies may have been involved.

The NHRC discovered that state authorities had allegedly worked with the governments of the neighboring nations to dig up the truth and find out the identities of the seven remaining activists.

State firms must abide by legal methods to demonstrate why they disappeared and take the perpetrators, if applicable, to fairness, it said.

The government must also pay compensation to their families in accordance with the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and the Prevention and Suppression of Torture and Enforced Disappearance Act BE 2565 ( 2022 ), the organization added.

The NHRC even made a point that the government’s obligations under the provisions of the Get 2544 Criminal Case Act, which includes damages for the injured man and payment and expenses for the accused in criminal cases, are inapplicable.

However, there was no evidence that condition agencies have provided various forms of payment to the impacted families, it noted.

Ms. Sayamol said the findings also demonstrated that the absent activists were a part of a team with viewpoints that were unconstitutional.

The NHRC even urged the government to ratify the Convention’s Optional Protocol on Cruel, Inhumane, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.