Keep missing activists in public memory

Nearly two weeks into what is believed to be the forced disappearance of self-exiled activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the investigation into the case seems to be going nowhere.

With no aggressive action taken by the government, I’m afraid that he will end up like other victims of human rights abuses — their whereabouts remain unknown, and some are presumed dead. Meanwhile, no perpetrators have been arrested. Sooner, rather than later, their stories will fade away and disappear from media and public attention.

Mr Wanchalearm, a pro-democracy activist, sought refuge in Cambodia in 2014 after he defied a summons order issued by the coup makers, the now-defunct National Council for Peace and Order under Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha. The military court then issued a warrant for his arrest.

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