Thailand: Angkhana Neelapaijit appointed to UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances

LRWC welcomes the 1 April 2022 decision of the UN Human Rights Council to appoint Angkhana Neelapaijit, a prominent human rights advocate in Thailand, to the UN Working Group on enforced and involuntary disappearances (WGEID). Angkhana Neelapaijit has served as the Chair of the Working Group for Justice and Peace which investigates allegations of human rights violations in southern Thailand. She served as a member of Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission from 2016 to 2019. She has been subjected to threats and judicial harassment as a result of her human rights work, and as a result of her advocacy for an thorough, independent, impartial and effective investigation into the 2004 enforced  disappearance of her husband, human rights lawyer Somchai Neelapaijit. She begins her term on the WGEID on 1 May 2022.