Asia’s sad record of “enforced disappearances” of religious leaders , activists and opponents

From the Panchen Lama to Laotian activists, thousands of people detained because considered a “threat” to institutions and governments. For activists, the reported cases are only the tip of the iceberg, but the reality is far worse. Governments deny there being any problem, and only four countries have ratified international treaties.

Bangkok ( AsiaNews / Agencies) – There is a common thread that links the Panchen Lama in Tibet Gedhun Choekyi Nyima , the president of the Muslim lawyers in Thailand and an activist for the rights of farmers in Laos. They are all victims of so-called “State detentions”, taken and kept hidden in unknown locations because they are “sensitive” political and religious figures, or for their arguments in favor of human rights. As time passes the chances of obtaining justice for the “prisoners of state” and their families are becoming more sparse, in spite of an abhorrent practice that has become increasingly widespread across the Asian continent….(…)

AsiaNews, 09/07/2013

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