Amnesty urges Thai respect for rights

Amnesty International says the handling of Somchai Neelapaijit’s disappearance has been a "litmus test" for the respect for human rights in Thailand.

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Marking ten years since the human rights lawyer went missing, Amnesty said the occasion noted the need for the provision of redress and remedy for human rights violations in Thailand.“It has given rise to doubt around the Thai authorities’ willingness or ability to address impunity for human rights violations and crimes under international law,” Amnesty said in a statement issued Wednesday.   The organisation called on authorities to promptly ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, signed by Thailand on 9 January 2012, and to implement it into national law.“The Thai authorities have so far not held anyone responsible for the disappearance. In addition, the Court of Appeal has ruled that Somchai Neelapaijit’s family has no right to appeal against the acquittal of a policeman suspected of involvement," it said.Amnesty called on the Thai authorities to bring those responsible to justice.It also demanded that Somchai’s family be allowed to access reparation for his enforced disappearance, including restitution, compensation, rehabilitation, satisfaction and guarantees of non-repetition.

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