101 East

Justice for Thailand’s Disappeared

The abduction of a Thai activist in Cambodia has sparked protests and calls for justice for him and others gone missing.

Since 1980, the United Nations has recorded 82 cases of forced disappearances in Thailand. Some people have been found dead, others are never found at all.

Fear of government retaliation means families of the disappeared are often left to fight their cases alone.

But when the beloved Thai human rights activist Wanchalerm Satsaksit was abducted in Cambodia in June, the public did not stay quiet.

His disappearance has sparked fresh calls for justice, not only for Wanchalerm but also for those who went missing before him.

101 East investigates Thailand’s missing dissidents and their families’ journeys to find their loved ones.