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Thailand: Six years after Billy disappeared, authorities must provide justice and protect his community’s rights

, Index number: ASA 39/2155/2020

The family of Pholachi “Billy” Rakchongcharoen, a Karen human rights defender, last saw him six years ago. On 17 April 2014, he disappeared after being taken into state custody by National Park officials in Kaeng Krachan National Park. After a year that saw the Thai government make unprecedented progress in the investigation of his case - only then for prosecutors to dismiss serious charges against suspects in January 2020 - his family are still waiting for justice.

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