Disappeared on March 12, 2004
Somchai Neelapaijit was a prominent human rights lawyer and defender in Thailand. He was the chairman of the Muslim Lawyers Group and vice chair of the Human Rights committee of the Law Society of Thailand. He worked to promote the rule of law and justice for the Muslim suspects accused of terrorism and treason, and was a vocal critic of state officials for excessive and unnecessary violence in law enforcement. At the time of his disappearance he was representing five Muslims accused of terrorism-related activities in Thailand's southern border provinces. In addition, he was collecting 50,000 signatures from around the country to support an end to martial law in the deep Southern Thailand.
He was "disappeared" on March 12, 2004. He was last seen in Bangkok being forced into a car with a group of men.Before this, Mr. Neelaphaijit had on several occasions disclosed to his close friends his fear after receiving anonymous threatening calls, and the most recent call from a Deputy Chief who informed him of his name being placed by security forces in the top list of the members of terrorist groups,
To this day (3/10) Somchai Neelapaijit's fate remains unknown. Meanwhile, key witnesses to the case and their families have been subjected to intimidation and threats, and continue to worry on a daily about their safety.
Campaign for Somchai Neelapaijit - by the Asian Human Rights Commission
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Disappeared in Thailand