Darunee’s cause goes international

25 09 2009

“Free Da! For human rights. No 1-1-2” So said the group of  protesters who rallied in front of the U.S., Australian, U.N. and E.U. missions in Bangkok for Darunee Charnchoensilpakul and against Article 112 of the criminal code that enforces lese majeste.

Prachatai (25 September 2009: “USA, Australia, EU and UN asked to intervene in Thailand’s jailing of political prisoners”) has a set of photos and some video of the gatherings where Prawase Praphanukul, Darunee’s lawyer, submitted letters to the embassies and missions in Bangkok, “asking those countries and organizations to call on Thailand to stop the imprisonment of political prisoners.”

The report is also available at Prachatai (24 September 2009: ทนาย ‘ดา ตอร์ปิโด’ ยื่นหนังสือสถานทูตอเมริกา-ออสเตรเลีย-อียู-ยูเอ็น เรียกร้องให้ยุติการกักขังนักโทษการเมือง), with more photos and a copy of the letter in Thai.

In the letter, Darunee complains that she was arrested for political crimes, was repeatedly refused bail and was tried in a closed court. She also explains that she is subject to harassment and unusual treatment in prison. “She believes that other democratic countries which respect rights and freedoms and human dignity will agree that this is a crime which the Thai government is committing against its people.” And, she calls on these countries and organizations to “convince the Thai government to stop persecuting her and other political prisoners and set them free.”

PPT urges readers outside Thailand to raise Darunee’s case and the use of lese majeste in Thailand with their governments. Do this by contacting local members of parliament and by writing to foreign ministers. Also bring these matters to the attention of others by blogging and letter writing to newspapers.


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