Another bail request

16 07 2013

The 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 applications for bail before the royalist courts!

As PPT has stated many times previously, the continued refusal of bail amounts to torture. And it isn’t just PPT saying this. 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.

Sentenced to 11 years jail for being an editor of a magazine that published pieces considered lese majeste, Somyos has now been in jail since 30 April 2011.


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20 07 2013
Thai Human Rights | Another bail request

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

[…] Somyos is about to apply for bail again on Wednesday. This is his 15th application. […]

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

[…] Somyos is about to apply for bail again on Wednesday. This is his 15th application. […]




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