More anti-lese majeste action

27 01 2013

People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy is a non-governmental organisation based in South Korea. It has been working on promoting people’s participation and socio-economic reform for several years. In particular, PSPD International Solidarity Committee has been working on human 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 begins:Protest

People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD) condemns recent ruling by the Thai Criminal Court on Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, a Thai labour activist and human rights defender, under the charge of violating lèse majesté law. PSPD urges the Government of Thailand to immediately repeal lèse majesté law which threats freedom of expression and silence political dissents.

And continues: “Lèse majesté law has been abused and arbitrarily applied for political reasons to silence human rights defenders.”

Protest2Meanwhile, Prachatai posts an account of the recent protest by Thai activists at the Criminal Court on Ratchadaphisek Road, with several pictures, one of which is reproduced here. In Chiang Mai, graduating students also protested against the sentencing.

Both these acts are brave and defiant and by young and politically-engaged Thais.


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

[…] to this the actions by Chiang Mai students similarly demonstrating and a range of other protests, including a constant barrage of events and […]

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

[…] to this the actions by Chiang Mai students similarly demonstrating and a range of other protests, including a constant barrage of events and […]




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