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#DayOfTheDisappeared: Today, we remember all victims of enforced disappearances

#DayOfTheDisappeared 📍 Today, we remember all victims of enforced disappearances: Those who have been disappeared but also their families, seeking closure and justice for the loss of their loved ones. 🕯️

A year since Manushya Foundation and its partners ran a successful campaign #ItCouldBeYou, Thailand has seen several positive developments:

➡️ After years of delays, the Thai Parliament has finally passed the Prevention and Suppression of Torture and Enforced Disappearance Act, a law that finally criminalizes enforced disappearance and torture.

➡️ The Attorney General finally indicted the national park officers suspected for murder of the Karen human rights defender Porlajee 'Billy' Rakchongcharoen.

Despite these positive steps, the Thai authorities must not stop there. The new law that will come into effect in 4 months must be effectively enforced and pending cases of enforced disappearance must be duly investigated. SLAPP cases under a disguise of Emergency Decree against victims of enforced disappearance such as Sitanun Satsaksit, a sister of a prominent exiled Thai activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit who was abducted in 2020, must be dropped!

#WeAreManushyan ♾️ Equal Human Beings

✊ Manushya Foundation is urging the Thai authorities to continue with its efforts and comply with International Human Rights standards such as the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment ratified by Thailand in 2007. The Thai government must also finally advance the ratification of the Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance signed in 2012.

While you're here...

Have a look at Manushya Foundation's work on enforced disappearance and civic space in Thailand 👇



Civicus, Activists criminalised for royal defamation and targeted by spyware in Thailand, (22 August 2022), available at:

Thai PBS World, Thai parliament passes anti-torture and enforced disappearance law, (26 August 2022), available at:

Prachatai, Watered-down anti-torture bill passed, awaiting royal signature, (25 August 2022), available at:


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