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Wife of missing Muslim lawyer named to NHRC

Jul 21. 2015
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By The Nation

Angkana Neelapaijit, wife of missing Muslim lawyer Somchai, has been nominated to the National Human Rights Commission.
She joins Chatsuda Chandeeying, director of Chatsuda School in Samut Prakan; Boworn Yasinthorn, president of the Volunteer Network to protect three national institutions; Prakairat Toonteerawong, a lawyer; Wat Tingamitr, a former judge; Dr Supachai Thanomsap, a physician; and Dr Surachet Sathitniramai, a physician and former acting permanent secretary of the Public Health Ministry, as candidates to fill the seven-seat independent organisation.
The selection committee picked the seven persons from 121 applicants to replace the outgoing set of commissioners, led by Professor Amara Pongsapich.
The list will be submitted the National Legislative Assembly soon for approval, the Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission said in a statement. 
Angkana has championed human rights and campaigned against forced disappearances since her husband Somchai vanished in 2004 after his long struggle for the civil rights of Muslims in the deep South. 
Many nominees are widely known for their roles in the justice system while some are political activists. 

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