Families question delay over anti-torture bill

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Relatives of forced disappearance victims visited parliament Wednesday to present a letter demanding to know why an anti-torture bill has been delayed.

The anti-torture act would lift the statute of limitations on cases related to the torture and forced disappearance of Thai nationals within or outside the country.

The bill was submitted as a parliamentary agenda in January, but has not been debated in parliament yet.

Satina Satisaksit, the sister of Wanchalerm Satisaksit who disappeared in Cambodia in June last year, was one of those present when the letter was submitted. 

“We have waited six months for this bill to be debated in parliament, but nothing has been done yet” said Suraphong Kongchantuk, director of the Cross Cultural Foundation, who led the family members to submit the letter to parliament.

The parliament speaker’s representative Dr Sukit Atthopakorn, who received the letter, said “there was no delay in the bill and that it is going through the process.”

Satina stated that she and other victims’ relatives have been pushing this bill so that others can be protected in future.

Her brother Wanchalerm has not been seen since June 2020, when he was reportedly snatched off the streets of Phnom Penh in broad daylight. He left Thailand in 2014 to escape pressure from the government over his satirical online posts.

“We hope this bill is passed before parliament gets dissolved because it will further hinder the process of this law coming into effect.


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