Dear all friends and comrades,
Somyot Prueksakasemsuk is to appear in court again on 19 Sept to hear from the Criminal Court to announce the date of the issuance of the verdict of Somyot’s criminal trial. In the same time, it will await the decision of the Constitutional Court on the request forwarded by the Criminal Court. Constitutional Court’s verdict as to whether or not the lèse majesté law is unconstitutional in response to a petition by him and his lawyers. He, however, speculates that the decision of the Constitution Court will not be delivered on that day and the verdict in on his specific case will be further postponed until the constitutional verdict is reached.
This means that Somyot faces a further and potentially long period in prison.
Hence, we are again calling for your international solidity to continue sending the letter to Thai in order Somyot can be released soon. We need to ensure the least that Somyot should be released on bail while he s waiting for the verdict. If he is not being released un conditionally.
Solidarity Action: Act now! Please ENDORSE this open letter to Thai authorizes before 12 Sept 2012. Please send the name of your organization to :
Thai Labour Campagn
Patchanee Kumnak, Program Coordinator
Email: Patchanee Kumnak (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is the letter the TLC and other organizations in Thailand will submit to the Thai authorities before 19 Sept 2012.
Mr. Pairoj Wayuparp, The President of the Supreme Court of Justice of Thailand
6 Ratchadamnoen Nai Road, Prabarommaharatchawang, Phranakorn,
Bangkok 10200 Thailand
and HE Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand
Government House, Pitsanulok Road, Dusit District
Bangkok 10300, Thailand
Open letter : Call for the release of Somyot Prueksakasemsuk
We are writing to you in connection with the continued detention of Somyot Prueksakasemsuk whose case will be heard again on the 19 September 2012 and who can face the maximum penalty of 30 years’ imprisonment. He has been in pre-trial detention for more than a year since the arrest by officials from the Department of Special Investigation in April 2011.
We believe the denial of bail is part of an ongoing pattern of harassment and intimidation of human rights defenders in Thailand. We ask the Thai judicial authorities to ensure that the rights of Somyot Prueksakasemsuk are upheld during his detention and that he is accorded his right to a fair trial, including the right to bail.
We respectfully remind you that the United Nations Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, adopted by consensus by the UN General Assembly on 9 December 1998, recognises the legitimacy of the activities of human rights defenders, their right to freedom of association and calls on States to ensure that they can carry out their activities without fear of reprisals.
We ask you to ensure that Somyot Prueksakasemsuk is released. Failing his immediate and unconditional release, we ask that Somyot Prueksakasemsuk be granted his right to bail, in accordance with fair trial standards under domestic and international law.
Human rights defenders in Thailand, especially those working on freedom of expression, are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions, including judicial harassment.
1. Thai Labour Campaign, Thailand