We write to you to seek your attention and solidarity action on behalf of Mr. Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, a long-time labour activist and magazine editor, who is on trial on charges of lèse majesté from 21 November 2011 until 4 May 2012 and who could face the maximum penalty of 30 years’ imprisonment. He has been in pre-trial detention since his arrest in April 2011 and his application for bail has been repeatedly denied. Mr. Somyot is suffering from gout and hypertension. The next witness hearing takes place on Monday, February 13.
Mr. Somyot’s son, Panitan, will go on a hunger strike for 112 hours (corresponding to article 112 of the Criminal Code, aka the lèse majesté law) from February 11 until February 15 to demand that his father be granted bail. Attached please find a letter from Panitan as well as an updated background note on Mr. Somyot’s case.
Here are some actions you can take to support Mr. Somyot and his family:
Sign up to a letter prepared by the Clean Clothes Campaign addressed to the Thai authorities: http://www.cleanclothes.org/urgent-actions/somyot-trial (you can also submit the letter through: http://freesomyot.wordpress.com/2012/02/06/send-in-your-letter-of-support-to-somyot/)
Email, fax and/or hand deliver this letter also to the Thai embassy or consulate general nearest you in your country. The addresses of Thai embassies/consulates can be found here:http://www.thai-info.net/info/thaiembassyabroad.htm
Share the information regarding Mr. Somyot with your networks and ask them to sign up to and send this letter to the Thai government and their embassies/consulates abroad
Head of Asia Desk/Responsable du bureau Asie
FIDH / Fédération internationale des ligues des droits de l’Homme
International Federation for Human Rights
17, passage de la Main d’Or – 75011 Paris – France
Tel : + 33 1 43 55 14 07 / + 33 6 48 05 25 18
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