Siam Theerawut

Siam Theerawut was 34 years-old in 2019. He was charged with lese majeste in 2014.

Siam fled to Laos following the 2014 military coup and after fellow actors in a performance of Wolf Bride, which was held in 2013 to commemorate the 14 October 1973 uprising were jailed for lese majeste.

With fellow exiles Kritsana Thapthai and Chucheep Chivasut (known as Uncle Sanam Luang), Siam was a political activist in exile. All three were also wanted for sedition. Siam and his two companions are members of the Organization for Thai Federation, which calls for a republic in Thailand. They have produced numerous YouTube videos criticizing the monarchy and the military junta. As such, the junta has pressured Laos for their return to Thailand.

Siam’s family lost touch with him in January 2019. It is believed that, following the gruesome murder of fellow activists and the disappearance of others – believed by many to have been victims of Thai military commando operations – Siam and his comrades fled to Vietnam. Arrested there, it is now believed they have been deported to Thailand on 8 May 2019.

However, neither Thai nor Vietnamese authorities acknowledge holding them or say anything of their fate. Police have reportedly stated that they have no knowledge of the men and their whereabouts. Deputy Dictator Gen Prawit Wongsuwan has denied the three are in state custody. Yet a family member was told by a policeman that the military may be holding the trio incommunicado.

Siam’s family has been petitioning government’s embassies and UN agencies for information on his whereabouts. Given the fate of other exiles in recent months, some fear that these men have all been murdered.

Despite this, in early 2020, the regime’s prosecutors brought sedition and “secret society” charges against Siam.

Media accounts of Siam’s case:

Prachatai, 24 January 2020: “Four people jailed for suspected involvement in Thai Federation movement

Prachatai, 16 May 2019: “Who is Siam Theerawut? From exile to Vietnam to whereabouts unknown

Thai Alliance for Human Rights, 15 May 2019: “Mother pleads with captors for life of her forcibly disappeared son, Siam Teerawut

Khaosod, 14 May 2019: “Family Hopes Missing Republican is Still Alive

TLHR, 14 May 2019: “Family and Friends of ‘Siam’ Meet the UN and Ask for Help to Locate Him

Bangkok Post, 14 May 2019: “Activists need protection

Khaosod, 14 May 2019: “Family of Disappeared Monarchy Critic Seeks Answers

Bangkok Post, 13 May 2019: “Exile’s parents seek information on his disappearance

Prachatai, 13 May 2019: “Thai government must disclose whereabouts of missing activists, say rights groups

Thai Alliance for Human Rights, 10 May 2019: “Reported Deportation of Three Prominent Thai Anti-Monarchy Dissidents from Vietnam

HRW, 9 May 2019: “Thailand: Critics Feared ‘Disappeared’

 




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