JOINT STATEMENT: CAMBODIA/LAOS/THAILAND/VIETNAM - ADDRESS ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCES, DELIVER JUSTICE
FOR THE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES
30 AUGUST 2020
On 30 August 2020, on the occasion of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, Manushya Foundation, 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), Lao Movement for Human Rights (LMHR), Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), Union for Civil Liberty (UCL) and Vietnam Committee on Human Rights (VCHR) released a joint statement calling on the governments of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam to:
determine the fate or whereabouts of all victims of enforced disappearances in their respective countries
to ensure the victims’ families have effective access to justice and receive adequate reparations.
The organizations shared their worries about the dismal failure of the authorities in each of these four countries to adequately and effectively investigate cases of enforced disappearances, particularly those involving human rights defenders, activists, and government critics.