Support Somyot on Labour Day

published 01-05-2014 08:45, last modified 01-05-2014 08:47
Today we celebrate International Labour Day with our friends and allies from around the world. May 1st is recognised around the world as International Labour Day or International Worker's Day. We need your support to demand the immediate release of the well-known Thai human-rights activist and journalist Somyot Pruksakasemsuk. Tell Thailand's Prime Minister to free Somyot.

Somyot Pruksakasemsuk was arrested on April 30, 2011 on charges of lèse majesté, or the crime of insulting the king. This accusation lead to a sentence of 11 years in prison and is criticised for being used to silence political opponents and human-rights activists. We want all charges to be dropped and Somyot released from jail. 

You can help!

If you have 20 seconds: how solidarity with Somyot's appeal and like his facebook page.

If you have 2 minutes: Go to the facebook page of Thailand's Prime Minister and leave a message. For example: Free Somyot! Free all prisoners of conscience! Abolish Article 112! 

At present, Somyot is appealing his verdict. Since he was first arrested and placed behind bars, like the majority of detainees under Article 112, Somyot has been consistently denied bail, despite 15 bail applications being submitted.

On the third anniversary of his life behind bars, Somyot’s family and supporters submitted a sixteenth application for bail on his behalf. In Thailand, a week of events culminating on May Day, have been organised to push for his release. Meanwhile, at an international Thai Studies Conference in Sydney, a strong motion was passed in support of Somyot and against article 112.

Free Somyot! Free all prisoners of conscience! Abolish Article 112!

Show solidarity with Somyot's appeal and like his facebook page.

Go to the facebook page of Thailand's Prime Minister and leave a message. For example: Free Somyot! Free all prisoners of conscience! Abolish Article 112! 

Read on the Bangkok Post how Somyot Pruksakasemsuk hopes for a 'bright morning' to rise. 

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See also
Thailand Factsheet February 2015

Thailand Country Report February 2015.pdf

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