More “Letters to Da” and the Public Sphere

12 10 2009

PPT has posted previously about the “Letters to ‘Da'”/“จดหมายถึง ‘ดา’” project. Please see here and here for our previous coverage and excerpts of the letters.

On 1 October, the tenth and eleventh letters were posted.  Read the full letters here: “ฉบับ10-11: ฉันเห็นคุณจากฝั่งธรรมศาสตร์ ผมฟังเรื่องคุณอยู่ที่นากุ้ง”. On 9 October, the twelfth and thirteen letters were posted. Read the full letters here: “ฉบับ12-13: อยากเจอพี่ตัวเป็นๆ – ขอทุก ‘เจ้า’ คุ้มครองเธอ”. The authors of the letters are struggling with what democracy means in Thailand and how to imagine their relationships to Da Torpedo/Darunee Charncherngsilpakul.

On 11 October 2009, the letters were publicly displayed and a seminar was held on human rights and lesè majesté at the Faculty of Law, Thammasat University. Read about it here: “นิทรรศการ ‘จดหมายถึงดารณี’ – เสวนาว่าด้วยสิทธิมนุษยชนกับกฎหมายหมิ่นฯ”

As we have noted earlier, the “Letters to Da” (“จดหมายถึง ‘ดา’”) could also be titled “Letters to Thai Society” (“จดหมายถึงสังคมไทย”).   The letters have been intentionally public.  This is not unusual — open letters (จดหมายเปิดผนึก) are often a strategy for activists to publicly call for action from those in power. What makes these letters different is that it is not a demand for action in the service of justice that is being made open, but rather the appreciation of Darunee Charncherngsilpakul’s action in the service of justice.  This, too, is a call for action.


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New: Letters to Da in a time of vulnerability « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] about the ‘Letters to Da’ /“จดหมายถึง ‘ดา’” project. See here, here and here for our previous coverage of letters to Darunee Charnchoensilpakul, convicted in a […]

9 11 2009
More letters to Darunee-PPT « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[…] about the ‘Letters to Da’ /“จดหมายถึง ‘ดา’” project. See here, here and here for our previous coverage of letters to Darunee Charnchoensilpakul, convicted in a […]




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