Sister of missing dissident flies to Cambodia seeking answers

The sister of missing dissident Wanchalearm Satsaksit flew to Cambodia on Tuesday morning seeking answers from the Hun Sen government after her brother was abducted by unknown actors in June.

Sitanun Satsaksit, Wanchalearm’s sister, said that she did not trust the Thai or Cambodian government in investigate her brother’s dissapearance and that she would go to Cambodia seeking answers for herself.

Sitanun was on the phone with Wanchalearm when he was abducted in front of his condominium in Phnom Penh on June 4.

Several prominent human rights groups have raised about the kidnapping of anti-junta activist Wanchalearm Satsakit who was living in self-exile in Cambodia.

Both Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International have released formal statements condemning the abduction of Wanchalearm.

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

“This would not be the first time that Thai citizens have vanished after expressing their political opinions. Wanchalearm is outspoken on social media – his sudden disappearance in a violent incident is deeply alarming,” said David Griffiths, Director in the Office of the Secretary-General at Amnesty International.

Wanchalearm was a vocal critic of the Prayut Chan-ocha government and the 2014 military coup.


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