As this year’s International Week of the Disappeared begins, we call upon the Philippine Government to end enforced disappearances and bring to justice all perpetrators of this grave human rights violation.
The Phruetsapha Thamin, or Black May, refers to the protest that erupted in Bangkok in 1992 against the government of General Suchinda Kraprayoon, and to the military crackdown that followed. At the height of the protest, between 17-20 May 1992, 200,000 people demonstrated in central Bangkok.
May 18 marks a central moment in the history of South Korea: the May 1980 Gwangju Democratic Uprising. The Gwangju Uprising was a wave of protests that took place in the southwestern city of Gwangju in May 18-27, 1980 that saw thousands of South Korean students, workers, mothers, teachers and farmers collectively deciding that they have had enough of the State’s violence and repression, and revolted against a tyrannical military dictatorship that controlled the country for more than 18 years.