Earlier this month, lawyer and activist Srisuwan Janya was invited to speak at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand (FCCT). The lecture cemented his status as a public figure _ an idealist lawyer and environmental activist to be reckoned with. The topic of the panel discussion was "The Hazards of Dissent", and Srisuwan evoked the vulnerability of his life as activist and dissident fighting against authority and the powers that be.
According to the Justice for Peace Foundation, during the past 12 years, 23 activists and others who have spoken out against authorities have experienced "enforced disappearance" in Thailand. At the FCCT, Srisuwan was joined by Angkana Neelapaijit, whose husband Somchai Neelapaijit, a human rights lawyer, disappeared nine years ago and is now presumed dead.
As president of the Stop Global Warming Association, Srisuwan says that it is not far-fetched to fear "something" might happen to him.
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