Support for Somyos

5 04 2013

The Bangkok Post reports that Somyos Prueksakasemsuk has received support from the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT). Both groups are reported as having “urged the Court of Appeal to review the conviction of the former Voice of Taksin editor and labour activist as soon as possible, in conformity with international human rights standards.”free-somyot-eng-a41

If anything related to lese majeste was done in conformity with international human rights standards, Thailand would be quite a different place.

FIDH president Souhayr Belhassen stated that this case is “a test for Thailand’s democracy.”

Meanwhile, Vasant Panich, Somyot’s lawyer, filed both an appeal against the conviction Somyos received in January and his 14th request for bail. Yes, that’s 14 or fourteen or FOURTEEN. At the end of this month, Somyos will have been jailed for two years.

OMCT secretary general Gerald Staberock said:

Somyot’s application for bail should be reviewed on the basis of objective criteria. Pre-trial detention must be lawful, reasonable and necessary in all the circumstances…. “The authorities have still not provided an adequate justification for his continued detention or a legally sound explanation as to why less restrictive and non-custodial measures are not sufficient to prevent flight and non-tampering with evidence.”


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