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The victim’s wife would like to find her husband’s body as she prefers that he be buried according to Lahu beliefs. OFFICIAL ACTION: The victim’s younger brother went to report the death at the Mae Ai police, but they refused to file the formal documents. In comparison, the victim’s wife did not report to the police as she knew their ‘kind’ had been responsible for the victim’s fate. Nor has the family notified the Village Headman, village elders or community overseer. Nor has the family received or asked for compensation. Incident 7 NAME: Mr Japa Janu DATE OF INCIDENT: October 2003 APPROX. LOCATION OF INCIDENT: 321 village no.3, Tadhmok village, Mae Ai district, Chiang Mai province DATE OF REPORT: 26 July 2011 ADDRESS OF VICTIM: 321 village no.3, Tadhmok village, Mae Ai district, Chiang Mai province AGE OF VICTIM: 31 (approx.) ETHNICITY: Lahu SUMMARY OF TESTIMONY: On an afternoon in October 2003, agricultural labourer, Mr Japa Janu, was taken during a raid in Tadhmok village. It is believed the authorities were targeting people working on opium plantations. He was taken simultaneously with four other villagers. Mr Janu has not been seen since the incident. The victim’s younger sister, Ms Sopa Jawa, witnessed the incident from a distance – at the time she was just across the road at a community center making broom heads. Japa was at his home at 321 Tadhmok village, when suddenly five vehicles (some with roof-mounted machine guns) stopped and 20 men got out. From the different uniforms they were wearing, Sopa gathered that there were at least four different agencies involved in the raid, including sub-district officers, the Village Headman, the police and the army. Villagers who were in the direct vicinity ran away as the assailants started capturing people. Those responsible for Japa’s arrest were wearing black uniforms and red bandanas. Four other men were arrested, but Sopa could only identify them by their first names: Aesor, Loryee, Jasee and Pasae.6 Sopa said that the officers beat the captives in front of everyone before loading them onto trucks. Sopa told JPF that Japa was an opium user and liked to occasionally smoke with his friends. However, she was adamant in the fact that himself was not a dealer and had never been arrested in relation to his addiction; she

The families of these four individuals have not enlisted the help of or submitted their case to JPF. This report only concerns Mr Japa Janu. 6

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Enforced Disappearances in Thailand  

Enforced Disappearances in Thailand

Enforced Disappearances in Thailand  

Enforced Disappearances in Thailand

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