2011_07_26: Two missing cases relatives from Bannangsata_complaint_to MOJ, DSI, after almost three months no progress

Thai version: 2011_07_25_ใบแจ้งข่าว ญาติยื่นหนังสือรองปลัดทวี และDSI คดีคนหายไม่คืบหน้า

2011_07_26_ press statement_ two missings case relatives from bannangstra _complaints to MOJ and DSI in Bkk  English version

For immediate release on 26 July 2011

Press Statement

Relatives will request DSI to investigate as  a special case

Two rubber farmers went missing in Bannang  Sata

as no progress made by local inquiry  officials

SBPAC acknowledging the disappearance,

but for over three months providing no clue  to the relatives

The Cross  Cultural Foundation (CrCF) and Foundation  of Muslim Attorney Centre (MAC) was informed by relatives of Mr. Ibroheng  Kahong and Mr. Dulhami Marae who have gone missing for almost three months
since 30 April 2011. It was reported initially to MAC that on 30 April 2011,  Mr. Ibroheng Kahong and Mr. Dulhami Marae had gone to ask for the boat seized  by the officials from the Border Patrol Police Camp (Neresuan Camp), Ban Santi  1, Tambon Banglang, Bannang Sata District, Yala, locally known as the
“Parachute Police Camp”. On 30 April 2011, their relatives have gone to the  Camp to look for the two persons, but were told they were not seen there. Thus,  they reported the case to a local station on 2 May and have been asking for  help from local agencies. Meanwhile, the Southern Border Provinces  Administrative Center (SBPAC) as admitted that the two persons have really disappeared, but has not disclosed any information to their aggrieved relatives.  There is a concern that local investigation will lead to nowhere. Thus, the  relatives have made the trip to Bangkok to officially request Department of  Special Investigation (DSI) to take this as a special case and to look for the two missing persons.

Enforced disappearances are a grave human right violation. Intense efforts to track down the missing in early days of the missing are very important for locating their whereabouts. Nevertheless, the investigation has to be carried out  independently and in earnest, otherwise fair solutions shall not be obtained and justice shall not be restored for both the accused and the damaged parties.  Meanwhile, the disappeared’s relatives and their  neighbors have accumulated  fear over local influences and are in need of witness protection program since
according to initial insight in this case, the disappearances could have linked to the seizure of the boats by the officials at the local Parachute Police Camp.

On 26 July 2011, the relatives shall submit a letter of petition to Pol. Col. Thawee Sodsong,
Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice at 10.30 am at the  Government Center and a petition to the  National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).  Then, another petition shall be submitted to the DSI Director General at  11.30 am. On 27 July 2011, more petition letters shall be submitted to the Bureau of the Royal Household and the Commander of the Border Patrol Police.  

Fore more information, please contact:

Ms. Pornpen Khongkachonkiet, Director  of CrCF, phone 086-7093000

Ms. Bhavini Chumsri, Attorney of  CrCF, phone 083-1896598