8th Anniversary of the Disappearance of Somchai Neelapaichit
From Facthai: …a series of three extracts from the newly-released English translation of a book by his wife, Angkhana, first published in Thai to mark the same date in 2008. The book, Reading between the lines recalls her husband’s efforts for justice during his own life, and her family’s struggle to uncover the truth and hold the perpetrators to account after his disappearance.
From wikinews.org: Thai civil rights lawyer Somchai Neelapaichit presumed dead
From blog.nationmultimedia.com: …He was last seen being forced into a car in the Ramkamhaeng area of Bangkok on March 12, 2004. Just days before, the human rights lawyer and Chairman of the Muslim Lawyers Association had filed a complaint accusing the police of torture in the conflict-torn Southern provinces…
New Mandala: …“The crime of enforced disappearance is unlike any other,” said Sheila Varadon, international legal adviser with International Committee of Jurists (ICJ) in the Asia-Pacific. “Deprivation of liberty is done with the direct or indirect involvement of the state… The state may have authorised it, or they may have acquiesced to it. Perhaps the most definitive element of enforced disappearance is the concealment of the fate and the whereabouts of the victim. There is a deliberate act on the state or by persons to remove that person outside of the legal process… (Thus) ‘disappearing’ the person, physically and legally.”
…On 12 January 2006, then Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra made a public statement acknowledging the death of Somchai Neelapaichit. Angkhana Neelapaijit has reason to believe his body was burned and disposed of in the Mae Klong River. His body has never been recovered.