Event: enforced disappearances of human rights defenders in Southeast Asia

This side event to the 25th Human Rights Council session will take place on Friday, 7 March 2014, 12.00 – 14.00 pm, in Geneva, Palais des Nations, Room XXI.

The panel, which includes family members of victims of enforced disappearance, will discuss unresolved cases of enforced disappearances in Southeast Asia, including human rights defenders Somchai Neelapaijit (Thailand) and Sombath Somphone (Laos).

The panel will also discuss the response of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), the regional human rights body composed of representatives from all ASEAN Member States, to these two cases and more generally to enforced disappearances of human rights defenders in the region.


Aileen Diez-Bacalso
Secretary General, Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD)

Angkhana Neelapaijit
Chairperson, Justice for Peace Foundation

Emerlynne Gil
International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Southeast Asia


Wilder Tayler
Secretary General, the International Commission of Jurists

The presentations by panelists will be followed by an open interaction with the audience. Copies of ICJ’s legal memorandum on the case of Sombath Somphone and the report Ten Years without Truth: Somchai Neelapaijit and enforced disappearances in Thailand will be available. Light refreshments will also be available immediately before the event.