Thailand: Two years of Billy’s enforced dissappearance: Indigenious Karen Ethic Network and human rights Activist request a meeting with Director General of National Park Department in its call for justice for Billy and PongLuk-Bangkloi Community

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    Released on 6 April 2016

    On 17 April 2014, Billy or Porchalee Rakchongcharoen went missing after he was arrested and held in custody by national park officers. After two years of Billy’s disappearance, the quest for his whereabout and truth is still left unanswered. Billy’s family and human rights organisation both in Thailand and internationally have been closely following the investigation of the alleged involvement of park officer Mr. Chaiwat Limlikitaksorn’s in Billy’s disappearance – a wrongful conduct which could result in criminal and administrative disciplinary liabilities. The background of conflict between Mr. Chaiwat and the Karen villagers also raises concern as being the cause of delay in investigation of Billy’s disappearance.

    On 7 April 2016 at 13.30 hrs., Cross Cultural Foundation, Human Rights Lawyer Association, Karen Studies and Development Center, and Karen Network for Culture and Environment (Tanaosri Branch) with representatives of 10 civil society organisations will submit a written request for meeting with Director General of National Part Department along with a petition letter requesting the involved government civil servant who has been criminally prosecuted to be suspended or dismissed from duty during an ongoing investigation and criminal proceeding to ensure independent and effective investigation. The representatives of civil society organisations will also discuss exchange of information and ways forward to work together to build confidence and trust in the performance of public officials and government agencies for public interest and bring about the benefit for the people and the country. Journalists and other interested parties are invited to observe the event on the mentioned date and time.

    Cross Cultural Foundation (CrCF) is a non-governmental and non-profit organization registered with the Ministry of Culture with license number. 9/2545. CrCF aims to promote respect for the human rights to hold and practice in the field of economic, social, cultural and political rights, language, religion, art and traditions of diverse cultural and ethnic group in order to promote understanding, exchange and awareness of diversity and cultural relations. The Foundation is non-partisan and not representing the interests of any party, especially in the event of a dispute arising between the authorities or public bodies and individuals, or between individuals. CrCF believe that promoting understanding among different people will help resolve the conflict in a sustainable manner.

    For more information please contact:

    Pornpen Kongkachonkiet, Cross Cultural Foundatuon, Tel: 086-7093000

    Varaporn Uthairangsi, Lawyer, Human Rights Lawyer Association, Tel: 092-4725517

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    Source: VoiceFromThais