Asylum seekers and dissidents have fled Laos, Cambodia and other nations to Thailand to avoid political persecution. While they wait for UN refugee status, they are surveilled by authorities, disappeared from Bangkok streets and forcibly repatriated or jailed.
This week: Filipinos vote in their mid-term elections, the Malaysian government unveils a new economic model, Sabah clamps down on “illegal immigrants” and Indonesia sets up a new “legal aid team”… to help the prosecution.
Will Nguyen was arrested in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam on Sunday (10 June). His current whereabouts are unknown, nor have his family and friends been able to find out about his physical condition.
The families of four individuals who have disappeared in Malaysia are pressing for answers in a public enquiry with few leads.