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His mother, Ms Waeteeyoh Waedorloh, sees only one reason for her son’s disappearance. She recounts the village they live in having turned into a very insecure place since the military moved in. According to her, since 2003 soldiers have been omnipresent in their village. The villagers do not like it – it makes everyone feel uneasy. Like many others, Arhamah thought it would be better if the military left or reduced the personnel present in the area. Around June or July 2005, a government school and Tambon Administration Organization office in Krong Pinang were attacked by arsonists. Police and soldiers came to resent the villagers thinking they were harboring the militants responsible for the attacks. After the incident, members of the village defence team (Cho Ror Bor) heard the military say that many young Muslim men had been put on the blacklist. The victim’s mother said that family members and friends tried to call Arhamah that day, but did not get through to him as his phone was switched off. Then, the family went to Yala hospital and asked to see their CCTV footage: it only showed Arhamah talking on his phone outside the main exit door. OFFICIAL ACTION: Arhamah’s relatives filed a complaint at Mueang Yala Police Station. The police did not question the victim’s family; they have denied their involvement in his disappearance. The case was in its primary phase when the police dropped the investigation. The victims’ sister has been complaining to Mueang Pattani District Governor’s office since 11 November 2005. After which, the Department of Security Prevention (DSP), with the help of their Assistant District Officer Yuttadech Youngpai, accepted the case and promised to search for the missing person. Until now, the DSP has not made contact with the Waedorloh family. In 2007, the case was accepted by the UNWGEID and an appeal was sent to the Government of Thailand. No death certificate has been issued. Incident 29 NAME: Mr Wae-harem Guwaegama DATE OF INCIDENT: 26 May 2006 APPROX. LOCATION OF INCIDENT: between the tea shop at Kam-pongbaru village and the road to Ba-taba-se, where nearby there is a military checkpoint near the Tambon Administration Organization office of the of Bukit sub-district, Cho-airong district, Narathiwat province DATE OF REPORT: 5 August 2008 ADDRESS OF VICTIM: village no.6, Ban Batey Passay village, Bukit sub-district, Cho-airong district, Narathiwat province AGE OF VICTIM: 40 (approx.) ETHNICITY: Malayu 37

Enforced Disappearances in Thailand  

Enforced Disappearances in Thailand

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