Thai Activist Abducted in Phnom Penh; Police Reluctant to Investigate

A Thai pro-democracy activist living in exile in Phnom Penh was allegedly abducted on June 4, according to Human Right Watch (HRW), with the group requesting that Cambodian authorities urgently investigate.

In a statement released June 5, the human rights group expressed deep concern for Wanchalearm’s safety. The activist and Thai government critic fled his home nation after the 2014 military coup and has since been living in exile in Cambodia, where he has continued to criticize the government on his social media pages.

“The abduction of a prominent Thai political activist on the streets of Phnom Penh demands an immediate response from Cambodian authorities,” Brad Adams, Asia director at HRW said in the statement. “The Cambodian government should urgently act to locate Wanchalearm and ensure his safety.”

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