No justice: A year on, Thai dissident still missing in Cambodia

Wanchalearm Satsaksit, a critic of the Thai prime minister and the military coup he led, was abducted on broad daylight in Phnom Penh in June 2020.

One year since a prominent Thai dissident went missing in Phnom Penh, the Cambodian government is still failing in its obligation to investigate his “enforced disappearance”, Amnesty International has said as it called on Thailand and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to conduct an independent inquiry into the case.

Wanchalearm Satsaksit, a critic of Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and the military coup he led in 2014, was dragged into a car in broad daylight on the streets of the Cambodian capital on June 4 last year and nothing has been heard of him since.

“This negligent investigation is at a standstill. The past year has been marked by foot-dragging, finger-pointing and the absence of any credible effort to examine what really happened to Wanchalearm,” Ming Yu Hah, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Campaigns, said in a statement on Friday.

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