Updated: 2 February 2012
We at Political Prisoners in Thailand urge concerned readers to protest the political uses of lese-majeste in Thailand. Some of the things you can do:
1. Write a letter of concern to the Prime Minister of Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra, Government House, Bangkok, Thailand.
We feel that continuing correspondence directed to the prime minster – especially international pressure – ensures that those using repressive laws are aware that those charged and incarcerated are not forgotten.
It is important to make the representatives of the government understand that there is opposition to the use of repressive and unfair laws.
3. Write to your local member of parliament and your minister for foreign affairs, drawing their attention to the lese-majeste law in Thailand.
For U.S. congressmen and women, look here and here; for Australian parliamentarians, contacts are here; for the U.K., a list is here; EU MEPs are here and EU parliament offices in member countries are here; for other countries, Google them)
It is critical that foreign governments understand that Thailand’s government is using repressive laws to restrict human rights and freedoms.
4. Urge Amnesty International internationally and your local branch take up all cases of lese-majeste in Thailand.
AI have been pathetic in their non-response on lese majeste. It is deeply concerning that an organization as respected as AI has the be urged to take up this gross violation of human rights in Thailand.
5. Urge Human Rights Watch Asia to take up these cases.
HRW has been little better than AI on lese majeste, but needs to be continually reminded that political rights in Thailand need to be watched.
6. Write to foreign embassies in Bangkok, drawing attention to lese majeste and political prisoners (links can be found here).
7. Tell your friends about lese majeste repression and political prisoners in Thailand.
8. Send any further information you have about these cases to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org