Thailand urged to probe disappearance of activist
Published on Apr 21, 2014 8:11 PM
BANGKOK (AFP) - Rights campaigners called Monday for an urgent investigation into the disappearance of a community activist in Thailand helping villagers to seek justice for alleged abuses by national park officials.
Por Cha Lee Rakcharoen - known as Billy - has not been seen since April 17 when he was stopped by local authorities at a checkpoint in a national park in Petchaburi province in southern Thailand.
He was travelling to meet fellow ethnic minority Karen villagers to help them with a lawsuit accusing authorities of destroying the homes of 20 families in Kaeng Krachan National Park in 2011, Human Rights Watch said in a statement.
It said the lawsuit is against the national park chief Chaiwat Limlikitaksor and two government departments.
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