Annex I: Case of enforced disappearances documented by JPF WEST Incident 1 NAME: Mr X and Mr Y (withheld on request) DATE OF INCIDENT: 25 April 2001 APPROX. LOCATION OF INCIDENT: withheld on request DATE OF REPORT: 4 August 2011 ADDRESS OF VICTIM: Western Thailand AGE OF VICTIM: 27 and unknown, respectively ETHNICITY: withheld on request
SUMMARY OF TESTIMONY: Mr X was a crop farmer. On the morning of April 22, 2001, he told his wife that he had to drive to a province in central Thailand to change his residency and motorbike registration to the province where he now resided. He said his older brother, Y, was accompanying him on the six-hour journey. The men never returned and X never got to see his daughter grow up – she was one-month old at the time. When JPF interviewed X’s wife in August 2011, the daughter had just turned 10 years old. Two days after the brothers had left (April 25, 2001), X made a desperate call for help to his other brother. He explained that he had been taken by a group of men and that they were now standing on a bridge. In the background, the brother heard someone shout at X for speaking in his native language and then the phone cut. After the call was disconnected, the brother tried calling the same number again but could not get through. The day before, X had called home to say that everything was going well and he would return the following day. He even mentioned buying a wedding gift for his older sister. As far as his wife knew, X had never been involved with law enforcement agents, nor did he have enemies or conflict with anyone. She had, however, overheard her husband talk with his older brother about his business in the central province; he said he had once been to the house of a client and had seen pictures of persons in police uniforms. X’s wife knew that before moving to the province where they lived in Western Thailand, X was studying in the central province whilst residing at a temple, but it she did not question him about the content of the phone conversation as she did not like involving herself in her husband’s business. After reporting the brothers’ disappearance to the police, 20 family members went looking for them in the central province. The mission was led by X’s father and other brother. X’s wife did not join as she had recently given birth. The family went looking at the police station and around X’s old living quarters at the temple. There has been no news of the men’s whereabouts. The large motorbike was also never recovered.
Published on Jun 6, 2012