Somyos Pruksakasemsuk

At 12 noon on  Saturday, 30 April 2011, Somyos Pruksakasemsuk was arrested in Aranyaprathet province. He was arrested on allegations of violating Article 112, the lese majeste law.

Kept in jail until his trial, often in chains and cages when he made court appearances, on 23 January 2013, Somyos was sentenced to 5 years on each of two lese majeste charges, with an extra year added from a previous suspended sentence for insulting General Saprang Kalayanamit, a leader of the 2006 royalist coup and an activist on lese majeste.

His story is a long and continuing one.

On 30 April 2011, Somyos was arrested at the border as he was trying to cross into Cambodia. There was no indication that Somyos was fleeing the country. He was transported to Bangkok. This arrest took place just days after Somyos launched a campaign against lese majeste. Requests for bail were denied.

The police asked the court to grant a request from the Department Special Investigation to hold him for ten days so that he could not “tamper with the evidence against him.” Given that the evidence related to already published material, widely available, it is unclear how he might have “tampered” with it.

Somyos was the editor of the bi-monthly Voice of Taksin (which was banned in 2010 and which was subsequently replaced by Red Power magazine). The former magazine published the allegedly offending material. Somyos had earlier been arrested following the crackdown on red shirts at Rajaprasong and held for three weeks. During the news conference he gave on 21 May 2010, he called for a halt to “any threatening act against all mass media.” At the end of that news conference he turned himself in to the authorities. His arrest for lese majeste is another classic example of how the law is used to target and silence political opponents. Bail was refused.

While in jail, Somyos was refused bail many times. Late in July 2011 he was formally charged. His charges may be seen in this PDF in ไทย or this unofficial translation in English (Warning: readers should note that this document includes reproductions of the material alleged to be in breach of the lese majeste law. Downloading it and/or distributing it may lead to a similar charge of lese majeste). He was refused bail for an 8th time soon after his charging. A 9th bail request was also refused after his trial began in November 2011.

During his trial, shackled and caged, Somyos was dragged around the country for court appearances in several provinces where, in one case, no witness even showed up, causing the court appearance to be cancelled. This and the repeated refusal of bail represents a form of torture.

The last day of the Somyos lese majeste trial was on 4 May 2012. Following the trial, Somyos “said that he was satisfied with all the hearings of both sides.  He thanked everybody who had come to give him moral support, including the witnesses who had testified with facts.  He considered that the testimony of several witnesses would also benefit other similar cases.  He hopes that everybody will keep on fighting together.”

A verdict was not expected until September 2012, and was delayed until after the Constitutional Court heard a case where his lawyers challenged the constitutionality of aspects of the lese majeste law and its use.

On 18 May 2012, the Constitutional Court dismissed his appeal on whether the lese majeste law was constitutional under the 2007 military-backed constitution. Prachatai states that: “The Constitutional Court said that the complainant had not exhausted the means to exercise his rights in regards to making his complaint, so according to Section 212 of the constitution and the court’s rules, the complaint was dismissed.” That seems an odd way to interpret the legality of the law, but this court is politicized and royalist.

His lawyers were back in the Constitutional Court in an attempt to have the constitutionality of the lese majeste law tested. As expected, in October 2012, his appeals were rejected by the political court.

In late August 2012, the UN’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention was asked to provide an opinion on the detention of Somyos without bail. In mid-October it issued an Opinion, stating that:

The deprivation of liberty of Mr Prueksakasemsuk, being in contravention of Articles 19 of the UDHR [Universal Declaration of Human Rights] and 19 (2) of the ICCPR [International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights], is arbitrary, and falls in categories II of the categories applicable to the cases submitted to the Working Group.

As a result of the Opinion rendered, the Working Group requests the Government to take the necessary steps to remedy the situation of Mr Prueksaksemsuk and bring it into conformity with the standards and principles set forth in the ICCPR.

The Working Group believes that, taking into account all circumstances of the case, the adequate remedy would be to release Mr Prueksakasemsuk and accord him and enforceable right to compensation pursuant to Article 9(5) of the ICCPR.

The full Opinion is available here as a PDF.

This was good news for Somyos and for all others charged and detained under this draconian and political law that has long been used to lock up opponents, limit free speech and intimidate citizens. The Opinion saw no action from the Yingluck Shinawatra government as it adopted a political strategy that means it is timid and cowed before the conservative royalist elite.

His delayed verdict was scheduled for 19 December 2012. When the court convened, however, no verdict was given and the judges read out a lengthy and ultimately inane explanation of the Constitution Court’s ruling that the Article 112 is not contrary to the constitution. It clearly is in breach of several provisions of the constitution, but not in the eyes of the royalist courts. The verdict is re-scheduled for 23 January 2013.

Somyos’ case was sent to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Opinion. That submission is available as a PDF.

His 12th appeal for bail was rejected on 8 January 2013. Somyos submitted an 18-page closing address to the Criminal Court. He has reportedly argued that “he should not be found guilty because the Print Act 2007 said writers, not editors, should be held as the prime offenders in lese majeste cases…. Since the authors of the two offending articles, written under the pseudonym Jit Polachan, were not included in the lese majeste lawsuit, the articles did not violate the law…”.

On 23 January 2013, he was sentenced

Amnesty International has declared Somyos a “Prisoner of Conscience.”

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay issued this statement on the conviction of Somyos [bolding by PPT]:

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed Wednesday her deep concern about the verdict and extremely harsh sentencing of the editor and prominent activist Somyot Pruksakasemsuk, adding that this represents a setback for the protection and promotion of human rights in Thailand.

Somyot was convicted of lese-majesty offences for publishing two articles, which were considered as critical of the Monarchy, in his Voice of Takshin magazine. Earlier today, he was sentenced to 11 years in prison for the breach of Article 112 of the Criminal Code, which states that “whoever, defames, insults or threatens the King, the Queen, the Heir-apparent or the Regent, shall be punished with imprisonment of three to fifteen years.”

“The conviction and extremely harsh sentencing of Somyot sends the wrong signals on freedom of expression in Thailand. The court’s decision is the latest indication of a disturbing trend in which lese-majesty charges are used for political purposes,” Pillay said.

I welcome and support the efforts made by some parliamentarians and academics to propose amendments to article 112 in order to address concerns related to the application of the law,” she said.

The High Commissioner also expressed concern over the length of Somyot’s pre-trial detention, whose bail requests were denied 12 times by the courts. “I am disturbed that Somyot has been denied bail and presented in court on several occasions wearing shackles – as if he were some kind of dangerous criminal,” the High Commissioner said. “People exercising freedom of expression should not be punished in the first place,” Pillay said.

On 30 August 2012, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention concluded that Somyot’s detention was arbitrary and requested the Government of Thailand to take all necessary steps to “release Somyot Pruksakasemsuk and accord him an enforceable right to compensation” in accordance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Thailand is a party.*

“Activists, journalists and academics play a dynamic role in fostering Thailand’s human rights culture,” Pillay said. “This reflects positively on Thai society, but cases such as Somyot’s risk reversing the important progress made by Thailand.”

In March 2013 it was reported that an appeal was in the works with Somyos to represented by former National Human Rights commissioner Vasant Panich, who has been a vehement Thaksin Shinawatra critic, but who sees that Somyos has been denied justice.

In early April 2013, the International Federation for Human Rights and the World Organisation Against Torture urged the Court of Appeal to review Somyos’ conviction, in conformity with international human rights standards. Meanwhile, lawyer Vasant filed both an appeal against the conviction Somyos received in January and his 14th request for bail. Like all others, this request was rejected.

In mid-July 2013, it was reported that the 15th bail request was about to be lodged. As expected, in early August, it was reported that the Appeals Court had rejected this 15th request for bail. The court ruled that, if bailed, Somyos would flee Thailand. The courts continue to deny Somyos his legal rights. Two documents on this appeal and the court’s decision may be downloaded, both as Thai-language PDFs: ครั้งที่ 15 24 กค.56 and Bail rejected by appeal court no. 15.

Somyos was still appealing his conviction and the courts continued to drag out his case for almost 20 months. On 19 September 2014, the Appeals Court upheld the lower court’s decision and rejected Somyos’ appeal, saying “his new evidence could not override that of the prosecution.”

The continuing basic inhumanity associated with the case were displayed when no member of Somyos’ family nor any of his lawyers were present at the court for the appeal verdict because they were not informed by the authorities in advance. His wife Sukunya noted that this failure indicated the lack of transparency and flouting of rules and law in lese majeste cases.

Following this appeal, Somyos said he would fight on to the Supreme Court.

Media reports on Somyos’s case:

Khaosod, 19 September 2014: “Court Affirms 10-Year Jail Term For Lese Majeste Convict

Prachatai, 19 September 2014: “Appeal Court sentences Thai editor to 10 years in jail for lese majeste

Bangkok Post, 19 September 2014: “Somyos loses lese majeste appeal

Amnesty International, 19 September 2014: “Thailand: Release activist imprisoned for allegedly insulting the monarchy

Bangkok Post, 1 May 2014: “Crime and punishment of Somyot

Bangkok Post, 29 April 2014: “Battling lese majeste law from a jail cell” (This article is written by Somyos)

Bangkok Post, 23 March 2014: “Activists, relatives rally for lese majeste prisoners

Bangkok Post, 1 August 2013: “Court rejects Somyot’s 15th request for bail

The Nation, 23 July 2013: “Somyos to seek bail for 15th time; Red Siam man may face new charge

Bangkok Post, 16 July 2013: “Somyot to submit 15th bail request

Prachatai,30 June 2013: “20 minutes between the iron bars

Prachatai, 6 June 2013: “Somyot’s wife submits letter on press freedom to World Newspaper Association

Bangkok Post, 5 April 2013: “Rights groups demand bail for Somyot

The Nation, 28 March 2013: “Staunch Thaksin critic agrees to take Somyos’ appeal case

Huge media reaction to sentencing is collected at this PPT page.

Bangkok Post, 23 January 2013: “Somyot gets 11 years for lese majeste

Prachatai, 23 January 2013: “Thailand: Editor Convicted for Insulting Monarchy

Prachatai, 23 January 2013: “International condemnation of the conviction of activist Somyot Prueksakasemsuk

Prachatai, 23 January 2013: “Statement of the European Union on the sentencing of Mr Somyot Pruksakasemsuk

Prachatai, 23 January 2013: “Thailand: Release human rights defender imprisoned for insulting the monarchy

Bangkok Post,23 January 2013: “Somyot submits 18-page closing address ahead of judges’ ruling

AHRC, 22 January 2013: “Arbitrary detention of a human rights defender and continued removal of constitutional protections

The Nation, 20 December 2012: “Court defers judgement in Somyos lese-majeste case to Jan 23

Bangkok Post, 19 December 2012: “Somyos lese majeste ruling deferred until Jan 23

Bloomberg, 18 December 2012: “Thai Editor Detained 20 Months for Royal Insult May Face Verdict

Red Shirts blog, 2 December 2012: “The Remarkable 112 Community

Prachatai, 1 December 2012: “Updates on lèse majesté and computer crime cases

The Nation, 10 October 2012: “Constitution Court rules Article 112 not unconstitutional

Bangkok Post, 10 October 2012: “Court: Article 112 is constitutional

AFP, 10 October 2012: “Thai court upholds contentious royal slur law

The Nation, 20 Septermber 2012: “Protesters rally for release of lese majeste prisoners

Bangkok Post, 18 September 2012: “Rich get bail, while poor go to jail

Prachatai, 23 August 2012: “Release of two lèse majesté convicts today delayed

Prachatai, 21 May 2012: “Somyot denied bail and his petition to the Constitutional Court dismissed

Prachatai, 5 May 2012: “Verdict for Somyot expected from late Sept onward

RWB, 4 May 2012: “Call for magazine editor’s release after trial on lèse-majesté charges

Prachatai, 4 May 2012: “Thammasat lecturers testify in defence of Somyot

Prachatai, 3 May 2012: “Somyot: Jakrapob Penkair wrote the articles

Bangkok Post, 29 April 2012: “Exhibition turns spotlight on lese majeste defendant Somyos

Prachatai, 26 April 2012: “Royalist witness says Nitirat’s proposed amendment of 112 is the way to go

Prachatai, 23 April 2012: “Somyot’s lawyers will seek Constitution Court’s opinion on lèse majesté law

Prachatai, 19 April 2012: “Court hearing on Somyot’s case continues

Prachatai, 5 April 2012: “Somyot vows to fight on

Prachatai, 6 March 2012: “Surachai will ask PM to seek royal pardon for political prisoners

Prachatai, 16 February 2012: “The denial of the right to temporary release of Mr. Somyot Pruksakasemsuk and other accused in criminal cases

Prachatai, 4 February 2012: “Somyot’s son to go on a hunger strike to ‘Free My Dad’

Bangkok Post, 31 January 2012: “No bail for red on lese majeste rap

Prachatai, 22 January 2012: “Somyot in court in Nakhon Sawan

Prachatai, 16 January 2012: “Open letter from Somyot Pruksakasemsuk

Prachatai, 21 December 2011: “Second hearing of Somyot’s case in Phetchabun

Prachatai, 22 November 2011: “Somyot’s first trial in Sa Kaew

Links, 17 September 2011: “Thailand: Free Somyot Prueksakasemsuk!

Bangkok Post, 20 August 2011: “Red shirt leaders denied bail

Reporters Without Borders, 11 August 2011: “Detained newspaper editor facing trial on lèse-majesté charges”

AP, 29 July 2011: “Thailand’s lese majeste laws under scrutiny”

Committee to Protect Journalists, 28 July 2011: “Editor faces anti-royal charges in Thailand”

Bangkok Post, 22 July 2011: “Free Somyot rally outside prison”

Prachatai, 15 July 2011: “Korean activists urge release of Somyot”

Prachatai, 29 June 2011: “Free Somyos activities”

Asian Human Rights Commission, 3 June 2011: “THAILAND: Criminalization of free speech ahead of election”

Reporters Without Borders, 2 May 2011: “Lèse-majesté charge used to crackdown on opposition media”

ประชาไท, 30 April 2011:  “รวบ “สมยศ พฤกษาเกษมสุข” ที่ด่านอรัญ แจ้งข้อหา112 เตรียมส่ง “ดีเอสไอ””

Bangkok Post, 30 April 2011: “DSI arrests key red-shirt member”

169 responses

20 07 2011
Joe Gordon’s detention continues | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] for more than 60 days, and his sixth bail application will be heard on 24 July, the same day that Somyos Pruksakasemsuk is due to hear if his lese majest case will be [...]

18 08 2011
Somyos’ case submited to UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression and opinion | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] has recently updated Somyos’ information at his Pending Cases page to include the full submission and the prosecutor’s charges against Somyos, with the latter [...]

18 08 2011
Somyos’ case submited to UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression and opinion | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] has recently updated Somyos’ information at his Pending Cases page to include the full submission and the prosecutor’s charges against Somyos, with the latter [...]

19 08 2011
Joe Gordon charged with lese majeste and U.S. expresses concern | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] out that the last two known cases of lese majeste charges being pursued in court – Joe and Somyos Prueksakasemsuk – both entailed keeping the accused in jail on remand as long as possible. No bail was [...]

24 08 2011
Update on Surachai and Somyos | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Bangkok Post reports that yet another bail request for Somyos Prueksakasemsuk and Surachai Sae Dan (Danwattananusorn) has been rejected. Both are accused of lese [...]

28 08 2011
A letter from Somyos’ prison cell | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] has received this letter from lese majeste detainee Somyos Prueksakasemsuk at the Bangkok Remand Prison. The letter is dated 20 August [...]

4 09 2011
Another lese majeste case sent to the UN | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] PPT has received documentation that the Freedom of Expression Documentation Center of iLaw has submitted the lese majeste case of Ampol Tangnopakul to the UN’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. This follows the submission of the case involving Somyos Prueksakasemsuk. [...]

18 09 2011
Letters from prison | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] have received the following message from the campaign to free Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, which we have lightly [...]

2 10 2011
International solidarity with Somyos | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] may be interested in this list of organizations that have supported lese majeste victim Somyos Prueksakasemsuk over the period since April 2011. There is also a list of actions [...]

15 10 2011
Timetable for lese majeste court cases | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyot Phrueksakasemsuk [...]

15 10 2011
Timetable for lese majeste court cases | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyot Phrueksakasemsuk [...]

15 10 2011
Timetable for lese majeste court cases | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyot Phrueksakasemsuk [...]

17 10 2011
Da Torpedo in court « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] was elected by the power of the red-shirt members. There are also other people such as Surachai and Somyot who should be also included in the [...]

1 11 2011
Somyos again denied bail « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Criminal Court on Tuesday rejected a request for the release on bail of lese majeste suspect Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, a core member of the June 24 Democracy Group and supporter of the red-shirt United Front for [...]

13 01 2012
On the NHRC’s lese majeste procrastination « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] The report goes on to note that there have been many “petitions alleging human-rights violations in relation to lese-majeste charges and detentions were lodged with the independent [sic.] rights body last year.” Even before that the NHRC received petitions related to repression and seemed to ignore them. That included a September 2010 appeal by Somyos Prueksakasemsuk regarding censorship. Of course, Somyos was arrested as a lese majeste victim on 30 April 2011 and he remains incarcerated. [...]

18 01 2012
Somyos in court in Nakhon Sawan « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] PPT has received this report on the 16 January 2012 court appearance by lese majeste victim Somyos Prueksakasemsuk. [...]

18 01 2012
Somyos in court in Nakhon Sawan « Political Prisoners of Thailand's Blog

[...] has received this report on the 16 January 2012 court appearance by lese majeste victim Somyos Prueksakasemsuk. Somyos: lese majeste [...]

20 01 2012
Lese majeste victims threaten hunger strike « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Department by Surachai Daneattananusorn, Daranee “Da Torpedo” Chanrncherngsilapakul, Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, and Ampon Tangnoppakul, among [...]

20 01 2012
Lese majeste victims threaten hunger strike « Political Prisoners of Thailand's Blog

[...] Department by Surachai Daneattananusorn, Daranee “Da Torpedo” Chanrncherngsilapakul, Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, and Ampon Tangnoppakul, among [...]

23 01 2012
Lèse majesté prisoners threaten hunger strike over new prison-PPT « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[...] Department by Surachai Daneattananusorn, Daranee “Da Torpedo” Chanrncherngsilapakul, Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, and Ampon Tangnoppakul, among [...]

23 01 2012
Somyos in court in Nakhon Sawan-PPT « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[...] PPT has received this report on the 16 January 2012 court appearance by lese majeste victim Somyos Prueksakasemsuk. [...]

1 02 2012
Somyos refused bail again and again « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] The Bangkok Post reports that the Criminal Court has yet again “rejected a temporary bail request” by lese majeste victim Somyos Prueksakasemsuk. [...]

1 02 2012
Somyos refused bail again and again « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] The Bangkok Post reports that the Criminal Court has yet again “rejected a temporary bail request” by lese majeste victim Somyos Prueksakasemsuk. [...]

12 02 2012
Tai’s hunger protest for Somyos « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] hunger protest by Panitan Prueksakasemsuk or Tai for his father, Somyos, jailed on lese majeste charges, is getting some media [...]

12 02 2012
Tai’s hunger protest for Somyos « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] hunger protest by Panitan Prueksakasemsuk or Tai for his father, Somyos, jailed on lese majeste charges, is getting some media [...]

21 02 2012
Bail again refused for Somyos « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] tell PPT that on 20 February 2012, yet another bail application by lese majeste victim Somyos Prueksakasemsuk has been [...]

22 02 2012
Bail again refused for Somyos « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] tell PPT that on 20 February 2012, yet another bail application by lese majeste victim Somyos Prueksakasemsuk has been [...]

6 03 2012
Free the political prisoners! « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] by eight lèse majesté convicts and defendants including Surachai himself. The others are Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, Joe Gordon, Sathian Rattanawong, Wanchai Saetan, Nat Sattayapornpisut, Suchart Nakbangsai and [...]

7 03 2012
Free the political prisoners! « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] by eight lèse majesté convicts and defendants including Surachai himself. The others are Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, Joe Gordon, Sathian Rattanawong, Wanchai Saetan, Nat Sattayapornpisut, Suchart Nakbangsai and [...]

24 03 2012
Journalists call for release of Somyos « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] has been issued by the International Federation of Journalists, calling for the release of Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, currently on trial on lese majeste charges. So far he has been held without bail since 30 April [...]

24 03 2012
Journalists call for release of Somyos « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] has been issued by the International Federation of Journalists, calling for the release of Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, currently on trial on lese majeste charges. So far he has been held without bail since 30 April [...]

7 04 2012
Stoic Somyos « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Prueksakasemsuk has been incarcerated without bail, allegedly for lese majeste, for more than 11 months. He was arrested on 30 April 2011. Prachatai reports on an interview with him on 5 April at the the Bangkok Remand Prison. [...]

7 04 2012
Stoic Somyos « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] Somyos Prueksakasemsuk has been incarcerated without bail, allegedly for lese majeste, for more than 11 months. He was arrested on 30 April 2011. Prachatai reports on an interview with him on 5 April at the the Bangkok Remand Prison. [...]

18 04 2012
The king and us « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] lèse majesté law matters to unions and the world” with reference to the case of Somyos Prueksakasemsuk.He [...]

18 04 2012
The king and us « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] lèse majesté law matters to unions and the world” with reference to the case of Somyos Prueksakasemsuk. He [...]

19 04 2012
Korean support as Somyos lese majeste trial resumes « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Nation reports on the resumption of Somyos Prueksakasemsuk’s lese majeste trial, this time in [...]

19 04 2012
Support for Somyos as lese majeste trial resumes « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] Nation reports on the resumption of Somyos Prueksakasemsuk’s lese majeste trial, this time in [...]

19 04 2012
Red editor’s lèse majesté trial resumes in Bangkok-PPT « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[...] Nation reports on the resumption of Somyos Prueksakasemsuk’s lese majeste trial, this time in [...]

21 04 2012
Thailand Awaits Pivotal Verdict on Liability for Internet Intermediaries | ChrisInMaryville's Blog

[...] the letter will be signed by eight other prominent lèse majesté convicts and defendants including Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, Joe Gordon, Sathian Rattanawong, Wanchai Saetan, Nat Sattayapornpisut, Suchart Nakbangsai and [...]

22 04 2012
The royalist use of lese majeste « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] trial of Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, reported by Prachatai, has provided a rare [...]

22 04 2012
The royalist use of lese majeste « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] trial of Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, reported by Prachatai, has provided a rare [...]

27 04 2012
Urgent appeal for Somyos « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] sources an urgent appeal from labor groups in Thailand who are campaigning for the release of Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, currently on trial for lese majeste offenses. A shackled Somyos, preparing to appear in court a [...]

27 04 2012
Urgent appeal for Somyos « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] sources an urgent appeal from labor groups in Thailand who are campaigning for the release of Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, currently on trial for lese majeste offenses. PPT has recently placed an unofficial copy of the [...]

30 04 2012
Somyos now incarcerated for a year « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] urges all readers to look at the profile of the case against Somyos at our page on him. Somyos remains stoic in not pleading guilty on the charges he faces, putting a broader human [...]

30 04 2012
Somyos now incarcerated for a year « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] urges all readers to look at the profile of the case against Somyos at our page on him. Somyos remains stoic in not pleading guilty on the charges he faces, putting a broader human [...]

30 04 2012
3 05 2012
Somyos in court « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] As reported in several sources, including Prachatai, Somyos yesterday named Jakrapob Penkair as the author of the articles at the center of the case, published with a pseudonym. The articles in Thai and English translation can be found here. [...]

3 05 2012
Somyos in court « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] As reported in several sources, including Prachatai, Somyos yesterday named Jakrapob Penkair as the author of the articles at the center of the case, published with a pseudonym. The articles in Thai and English translation can be found here. [...]

4 05 2012
Somyos in Dagens Nyheter « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Dagens Nyheter is arguably Sweden’s most influential newspaper. Here’s a quick translation of an article that appeared on the lese majeste case facing Somyos Prueksakasemsuk: [...]

4 05 2012
Somyos in Dagens Nyheter « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] Dagens Nyheter is arguably Sweden’s most influential newspaper. Here’s a quick translation of an article that appeared on the lese majeste case facing Somyos Prueksakasemsuk: [...]

5 05 2012
Journalists everywhere waiting for Chiranuch’s verdict-EFF « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[...] the letter will be signed by eight other prominent lèse majesté convicts and defendants including Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, Joe Gordon, Sathian Rattanawong, Wanchai Saetan, Nat Sattayapornpisut, Suchart Nakbangsai and [...]

5 05 2012
Somyot trial in top Swedish daily-PPY « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[...] Dagens Nyheter is arguably Sweden’s most influential newspaper. Here’s a quick translation of an article that appeared on the lese majeste case facing Somyos Prueksakasemsuk: [...]

6 05 2012
Lese majeste and democracy « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] with the trial of Somyos Prueksakasemsuk under Article 112, Roberts notes that this case, like many others, “were brought by the [...]

6 05 2012
Lese majeste and the ruling class « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] with the trial of Somyos Prueksakasemsuk under Article 112, Roberts notes that this case, like many others, “were brought by the [...]

6 05 2012
Lese majeste and the ruling class « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] with the trial of Somyos Prueksakasemsuk under Article 112, Roberts notes that this case, like many others, “were brought by the previous [...]

21 05 2012
Somyos receives no justice « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

22 05 2012
Updated: Somyos receives no justice « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] is reported at Prachatai that, on 18 May, lese majeste defendant Somyos Prueksakasemsuk has had his bail rejected a 10th time. PPT guesses that this is now a record number of rejections. [...]

24 05 2012
No political prisoners in Thailand? « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

25 05 2012
Updated: No political prisoners in Thailand? « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] suggests that the U.S. State Department check their sources of information. Why not ask Somyos Pruksakasemsuk, Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul, or Joe Gordon if there are political prisoners in Thailand? If they [...]

25 05 2012
US govt report says no political prisoners in Thailand!-PPT « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[...] suggests that the U.S. State Department check their sources of information. Why not ask Somyos Pruksakasemsuk, Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul, or Joe Gordon if there are political prisoners in Thailand? If they [...]

27 05 2012
Tharit on anti-monarchy plot « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

27 05 2012
Tharit on anti-monarchy plot « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] at risk of having committed lese majeste.” It is understood that the lese majeste charges against Somyos Prueksakasemsuk came from this anonymous and discredited “plot” [...]

22 06 2012
Red shirts and 24 June « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

22 06 2012
Red shirts and 24 June « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] was two years that the red shirt June 24 Democracy Group led by the now jailed lese majeste accused Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, ” called for the re-designation of June 24 as National [...]

27 06 2012
Release Somyos! « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

27 06 2012
Release Somyos! « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] joint press release to the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand regarding the release of Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, a labour activist in [...]

2 08 2012
2 08 2012
Double standards and impunity still at work « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] received bail, while the three police officers with death sentences did.” Sukunya is the wife of Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, currently on trial for lese majeste offenses. She’s not entirely correct as some lese majeste [...]

6 08 2012
Mothers and lese majeste detainees « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

6 08 2012
Mothers and lese majeste detainees « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] Somyos Prueksakasemsuk was due back in court on 19 September but the “court has to wait for a Constitution Court decision on whether Penal Code Article 112 was against the Constitution or not. Mr Somyot’s lawyer Suwit Thongnual said he would still seek bail for his client who has been denied bail 12 times since his arrest in April 2011.” [...]

15 09 2012
Somyos goes back to court next week « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

15 09 2012
Somyos goes back to court next week « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] and comrades supporting lese majeste detainee Somyos Prueksakasemsuk have circulated [...]

19 09 2012
Human rights organizations on Somyos « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

19 09 2012
Human rights organizations on Somyos « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] Several human rights organizations have released this statement on the lese majeste case involving Somyos Prueksakasemsuk. [...]

20 09 2012
20 09 2012
Surapak’s trial, anti-112 protest and injustice « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] Criminal Court on Wednesday to protest the further (deliberate) dragging out of the sentencing of Somyos Prueksakasemsuk on lese majeste charges deserve considerable [...]

7 10 2012
Remembering 1976 and the present « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

7 10 2012
Remembering 1976 and the present « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] University student Panitan Prueksakasemsuk also spoke. His father, Somyos, is detained on lese majeste charges, and has been held in jail without bail since 30 April 2011. [...]

10 10 2012
Lese majeste “constitutional” « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

10 10 2012
Lese majeste “constitutional” « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] to Article 112 – the lese majeste law – at the royalist Constitutional Court.  Lawyers for Somyos Prueksakasemsuk and  Akechai Hongkangwarn had challenged the constitutionality of the draconian law. They are [...]

17 10 2012
Somyos in “arbitrary detention” « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

17 10 2012
Somyos in “arbitrary detention” « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] Group on Arbitrary Detention was asked to provide an opinion on the detention without bail of Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, held in jail since his arrest on 30 April 2011, and charged under the lese majeste [...]

17 10 2012
Thailand : Network to promote rights of lese majeste detainees - TeakDoor.com - The Thailand Forum

[...] Group on Arbitrary Detention was asked to provide an opinion on the detention without bail of Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, held in jail since his arrest on 30 April 2011, and charged under the lese majeste law. At its [...]

29 10 2012
Letters from Sukunya Prueksakasemsuk « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

29 10 2012
Letters from Sukunya Prueksakasemsuk « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] Prueksakasemsuk, wife of lese majeste political prisoner Somyos, has released a letter she has written to her husband. There are versions available in English and [...]

31 10 2012
Updated: Surapak acquitted! « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

31 10 2012
Surapak acquitted! « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] Post also reports that “Panitan Prueksakaemsuk, the son of another lese majeste defendant, Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, was among those who attended Wednesday’s court session. He said Mr Surapak’s victory might be [...]

4 11 2012
Letters from Sukunya Prueksakasemsuk I « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

4 11 2012
Letters from Sukunya Prueksakasemsuk II « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

4 11 2012
Letters from Sukunya Prueksakasemsuk II « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] letter from Sukunya Prueksakasemsuk to her husband, the imprisoned lese majeste political prisoner Somyos. Somyos has been jailed for more than 18 months as he awaits a verdict on this political [...]

11 11 2012
Free Somyos! « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

11 11 2012
Free Somyos! « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] readers will know, the repressive royalist state keeps Somyos Prueksakasemsuk locked up. He’s been imprisoned for more than 18 months. His detention has been defined by the [...]

1 12 2012
Lese majeste updates « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

1 12 2012
Lese majeste updates « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] Somyos Prueksakasemsuk is also scheduled to re-appear in court on 19 December 2012, and it seems that he may get a verdict then, having been held in prison since 30 April 2011 on lese majeste charges. [...]

4 12 2012
Anti-112 allies « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

4 12 2012
Anti-112 allies « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] Somyos Prueksakasemsuk is quoted as declaring that his incarceration and trial is “about human rights. Not just my human [...]

10 12 2012
11 12 2012
Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders on Somyos and his continuing detention « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] reproduces this statement on Somyos Prueksakasemsuk in full. He is due back in court on his lese majeste case on 19 [...]

12 12 2012
Letters from Sukunya Prueksakasemsuk III « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

12 12 2012
Letters from Sukunya Prueksakasemsuk III « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] letter from Sukunya Prueksakasemsuk to her husband, the imprisoned lese majeste political prisoner Somyos. Somyos has been jailed for more than 18 months as he awaits a verdict on this political charge. We [...]

17 12 2012
Letter from Sukunya Prueksakasemsuk II « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[...] letter from Sukunya Prueksakasemsuk to her husband, the imprisoned lese majeste political prisoner Somyos. Somyos has been jailed for more than 18 months as he awaits a verdict on this political [...]

17 12 2012
Letter from Sukunya Prueksakasemsuk I-PPT « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[...] Prueksakasemsuk, wife of lese majeste political prisoner Somyos, has released a letter she has written to her husband. There are versions available in English and [...]

17 12 2012
Trial observers for Somyos « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

17 12 2012
Trial observers for Somyos « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] the Asian Human Rights Commission has issued a call for observers in the lese majeste trial of Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, which returns to court on 19 December after a three month delay. It is believed that this [...]

19 12 2012
Somyos verdict on 23 January « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

19 12 2012
Updated: Somyos verdict on 23 January « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] including Somyos Prueksakasemsuk‘s lawyer, had thought that 19 December would see a verdict in his lese majeste case. In fact, [...]

20 12 2012
Shackling and fettering « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

24 12 2012
Letters from Sukunya Prueksakasemsuk IV « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

24 12 2012
Letters from Sukunya Prueksakasemsuk IV « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] letter from Sukunya Prueksakasemsuk to her husband, the imprisoned lese majeste political prisoner Somyos. Somyos has been jailed for almost 20 months as he awaits a verdict on this political charge. We [...]

11 01 2013
Urgent appeal on Somyos « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

11 01 2013
Urgent appeal on Somyos « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] This request from those campaigning for Somyos Prueksakasemsuk: [...]

13 01 2013
AI on Somyos « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

13 01 2013
AI on Somyos « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] there does seem to have been a change, with AI now issuing “an Urgent Action alert for Somyot Prueksakasemsuk ahead of the verdict in his lèse majesté trial scheduled for 23 January.” Not only that, but it [...]

21 01 2013
Four years of PPT « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

21 01 2013
Four years of PPT « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] majeste. In a couple of days, one of the most high-profile cases comes to court for sentencing. Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, jailed since 30 April 2011, refused bail a dozen times, and dragged around the country in chains [...]

22 01 2013
AHRC on Somyos « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

22 01 2013
AHRC on Somyos « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] Commission has issued this press release on the upcoming lese majeste verdict in the case against Somyos Prueksakasemsuk. PPT reproduces it in [...]

22 01 2013
Somyos to the court « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

22 01 2013
Somyos to the court « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] Bangkok Post reports that “lese majeste defendant Somyot Prueksakasemsuk has submitted an 18-page closing address to the Criminal Court ahead of the long-delayed ruling [...]

23 01 2013
Somyos convicted « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

23 01 2013
Updated: Somyos convicted « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] Somyos Prueksakasemsuk has been convicted on lese majeste charges. The Bangkok Post reports that he has been “sentenced to five years on each of the two charges, and the court cancelled the suspension of a previous one-year sentence – for a total of 11 years in prison, a cumulative sentence.” It adds that the harshness of the sentence “caught both Somyot and his family – his wife and son – totally by surprise…”. [...]

23 01 2013
HRW on Somyos lese majeste conviction « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

23 01 2013
HRW on Somyos lese majeste conviction « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] Rights Watch has a news release on the conviction and harsh sentencing of Somyos Prueksakasemsuk for lese majeste. Amongst other things, it states: “The conviction of a prominent Thai magazine [...]

27 01 2013
More anti-lese majeste action « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

27 01 2013
More anti-lese majeste action « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] rights and democratization movements in Asia. It has released a pres statement on the sentencing of Somyos Prueksakasemsuk (this is a link to PPT’s updated page). The statement [...]

29 01 2013
“Reforming” lese majeste « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

29 01 2013
“Reforming” lese majeste to save the regime « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] it is significant that the recent lese majeste conviction of Somyos Prueksakasemsuk has caused the Bangkok Post to issue a call for “reform” of this draconian, medieval law. We [...]

30 01 2013
Red shirts on Somyos « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

30 01 2013
Red shirts on Somyos « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] Red Shirts blog has a comment on the sentencing of Somyos Prueksakasemsuk. PPT won’t repeat what they say. Rather,we just repeat a couple of their [...]

31 01 2013
Somyos, amnesty and lese majeste « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

31 01 2013
Somyos, amnesty and lese majeste « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] cruel 11-year sentence meted out to Somyos Prueksakasemsuk – 10 years for lese majeste and an extra years for insulting a autolatric, coup-making general [...]

3 02 2013
Warped world royalism and lese majeste « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

3 02 2013
Warped world royalism and lese majeste « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] This time they had  Sukunya Prueksakasemsuk who has been vigorous in campaigning for her husband, Somyos, academic David Streckfuss, and Chiranuch Premchaiporn, a victim of the lese majeste-like computer [...]

4 02 2013
4 02 2013
Debating lese majeste and responses to it « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] Saksith Saiyasombut at Siam Voices has a very useful post summarizing the debates that have arisen regarding lese majeste since the sentencing of Somyos Prueksakasemsuk. [...]

4 02 2013
Chiranuch at FCCT « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

4 02 2013
Chiranuch at FCCT « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] Readers will find this (edited) clip interesting as Chiranuch Premchaiporn compares her case and that of Somyos Prueksakasemsuk: [...]

5 02 2013
Debating and damning lese majeste « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Somyos Pruksakasemsuk [...]

5 02 2013
Debating and damning lese majeste « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] Mong Palatino at Global Voices has a useful post that summarizes some of the anti-112 actions and debates sparked by the cruel sentencing of Somyos Prueksakasemsuk. [...]

30 06 2013
Visiting Somyos | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Prachatai,  Sukunya, wife of lese majeste convict Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, writes of her recent and brief visit to see her husband in jail. PPT won’t reproduce it all […]

30 06 2013
Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Prachatai,  Sukunya, wife of lese majeste convict Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, writes of her recent and brief visit to see her husband in jail. PPT won’t reproduce it all […]

30 06 2013
Visiting Somyos | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Prachatai,  Sukunya, wife of lese majeste convict Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, writes of her recent and brief visit to see her husband in jail. PPT won’t reproduce it all […]

16 07 2013
Another bail request | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Bangkok Post reports that the “family and lawyer of lese majeste prisoner Somyot Prueksakasemsuk will file a 15th bail request for him on Friday.” Yes, folks, you read that right! Fifteen […]

16 07 2013
Another bail request | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Bangkok Post reports that the “family and lawyer of lese majeste prisoner Somyot Prueksakasemsuk will file a 15th bail request for him on Friday.” Yes, folks, you read that right! Fifteen […]

23 07 2013
News on Somyos and Surachai | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] the all too depressing lese majeste cases of Somyos Prueksakasemsuk and Surachai Danwattananusorn, The Nation reports on some developments, neither likely to reduce […]

23 07 2013
News on Somyos and Surachai | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] the all too depressing lese majeste cases of Somyos Prueksakasemsuk and Surachai Danwattananusorn, The Nation reports on some developments, neither likely to reduce […]

10 08 2013
Court documents on Somyos | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] PPT has posted two documents as PDFs at the page we maintain on his case. […]

10 08 2013
Court documents on Somyos | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] PPT has posted two documents as PDFs at the page we maintain on his case. […]

31 10 2013
Listen to them | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] lese majeste detainee Somyos Prueksakasemsuk … said both the Pheu Thai Party and Thaksin Shinawatra would be making “a foolish […]

31 10 2013
Listen to them | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] lese majeste detainee Somyos Prueksakasemsuk … said both the Pheu Thai Party and Thaksin Shinawatra would be making “a foolish move”, akin […]

17 11 2013
Strange decisions II | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] many lese majeste decisions have been bizarre, with unconstitutional decisions and decisions where proxy convictions are acceptable. It is all for a reason: the system that the monarchy represents feels under threat, […]

17 11 2013
Strange decisions II | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] many lese majeste decisions have been bizarre, with unconstitutional decisions and decisions where proxy convictions are acceptable. It is all for a reason: the system that the monarchy represents feels under threat, […]

23 03 2014
Don’t forget the lese majeste prisoners | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] 50 activists as well as relatives of lese majeste prisoner Somyos Prueksakasemsuk “gathered at the Bangkok Remand Prison where they paid a visit to Somyot, the former editor […]

23 03 2014
Don’t forget the lese majeste prisoners | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] 50 activists as well as relatives of lese majeste prisoner Somyos Prueksakasemsuk “gathered at the Bangkok Remand Prison where they paid a visit to Somyot, the former editor of […]

20 04 2014
Bookseller escapes lese majeste | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Clearly, Section 40 (2) has been breached. Lese majeste is a law in Thailand that is above the constitution and allows judges to, in fact, breach the law, something they have done several times in cases involving, for example, Darunee Charnchoensilpakul and Somyos Prueksakasemsuk. […]

20 04 2014
Bookseller escapes lese majeste | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Clearly, Section 40 (2) has been breached. Lese majeste is a law in Thailand that is above the constitution and allows judges to, in fact, breach the law, something they have done several times in cases involving, for example, Darunee Charnchoensilpakul and Somyos Prueksakasemsuk. […]

27 04 2014
Scholars in solidarity with Somyos | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] the event signing an open letter in support of lese majeste convict, labor activist and writer Somyos Prueksakasemsuk. It is introduced: “Using their liberty to advocate for those imprisoned under an unjust law, […]

27 04 2014
Scholars in solidarity with Somyos | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] the event signing an open letter in support of lese majeste convict, labor activist and writer Somyos Prueksakasemsuk. It is introduced: “Using their liberty to advocate for those imprisoned under an unjust law, the […]

30 04 2014
Free Somyos | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Read about his case here. […]

30 04 2014
Free Somyos | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Read about his case here. […]

5 05 2014
Coronation Day and lese majeste | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] after a poor introduction to the audio story, makes Coronation Day about lese majeste, interviewing Somyos Prueksakasemsuk and his wife Sukunya before interviewing the ultra-royalist fascist Rientong Nan-nah. The latter is […]

5 05 2014
Coronation Day and lese majeste | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] after a poor introduction to the audio story, makes Coronation Day about lese majeste, interviewing Somyos Prueksakasemsuk and his wife Sukunya before interviewing the ultra-royalist fascist Rientong Nan-nah. The latter is […]

21 09 2014
Lese majeste and the degradation of the rule of law | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] and continuing cases, two of the most egregious are those of Darunee Charnchoensilpakul and  Somyos Prueksakasemsuk. In both cases, the law has been used and abused in order to lock up and silence political […]

21 09 2014
Lese majeste and the degradation of the rule of law | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] and continuing cases, two of the most egregious are those of Darunee Charnchoensilpakul and  Somyos Prueksakasemsuk. In both cases, the law has been used and abused in order to lock up and silence political […]

24 09 2014
Office of the High Commission for Human Rights on Somyos | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Commission for Human Rights has issued a media statement on the rejection of the appeal lodged by Somyos Prueksakasemsuk on his lese majeste conviction. PPT reproduces it […]

24 09 2014
Office of the High Commission for Human Rights on Somyos | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Commission for Human Rights has issued a media statement on the rejection of the appeal lodged by Somyos Prueksakasemsuk on his lese majeste conviction. PPT reproduces it […]

16 10 2014
Nobody should expect justice | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] rates are high because of collusion between police, judges and prosecutors, ignoring the torture, imprisonment that amounts to torture, beatings and publicizing of suspects by parading them before the media and having re-enact their […]

16 10 2014
Nobody should expect justice | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] rates are high because of collusion between police, judges and prosecutors, ignoring the torture, imprisonment that amounts to torture, beatings and publicizing of suspects by parading them before the media and having re-enact their […]

21 10 2014
The Dictator on the Thai justice shamozzle | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] rates are high because of collusion between police, judges and prosecutors, ignoring the torture, imprisonment that amounts to torture, beatings and publicizing of suspects by parading them before the media and having re-enact their […]




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