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2 years since Wanchalerm's disappearance, and there's still no justice from the Thai authorities!

#Saveวันเฉลิม 🕯️ 2 years since Wanchalerm's disappearance, and there's still no justice from the Thai authorities.

Today marks 2 years since the enforced disappearance of Wanchalearm "Tar" Satsaksit in Cambodia. 2 years of apparent inaction from both the Thai and Cambodian governments in finding the truth.

It's not the first time this has happened to someone who criticized Thai authorities. Wanchalearm's abduction sparked last year's protests and led many to question the monarchy. After 2 years, his whereabouts are still unknown. And like many other cases of enforced disappearance, we may never know what really happened to him.

Manushya Foundation pays tribute to Wanchalearm, for his brave human rights advocacy and courage. He should have never suffered just because he dared to speak the truth to power. We urge the Thai and Cambodian governments to fully investigate his case and bring justice to Wanchalearm and his family.

Last year, Thailand received several recommendations from foreign governments during its Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a UN-backed human rights review, to enact an anti torture and enforced disappearance bill. While the government accepted these recommendations, and therefore committed itself to their implementation, it refused to accept one recommendation to duly investigate Wanchalerm's disappearance. It even made a shocking claim that the recommendation didn't contain 'sufficient information as the basis' for its implementation!

We also call on the Thai government to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED) as it committed itself to do during the UPR.

#WeAreManushyan ♾ Equal Human Beings

👉🏼 Read about our #ItCouldBeYou campaign with Cross Cultural Foundation here.

👉🏼 Read our advocacy factsheet on Torture and Enforced Disappearance in Thailand that we used prior to last year's UPR. Access here.



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