Thailand: Immediately Release Jatupat Boonphatthararaksa and Wasin Prommanee (UA 191/16)

Urgent Action
August 11, 2016
Two activists were arrested on 6 August for distributing materials critical of a draft constitution. Both face up to 10 years’ imprisonment under a repressive law governing the referendum. One remains in police custody and began a hunger strike on 7 August. 
1) Please write immediately to the Thai authorities in Thai or your own language:
  • Calling on them to immediately and unconditionally release Jatupat Boonphatthararaksa from custody and halt all criminal proceedings against both him and Wasin Prommanee; 
  • Expressing concern that Jatupat Boonphatthararaksa and Wasin Prommanee were arrested solely for the peaceful exercise of the rights to freedom of expression and assembly;
  • Urging authorities to ensure that Jatupat Boonphatthararaksa immediately receives any necessary medical care and is not subjected to retaliation for his choice to stage a hunger strike;
  • Repeal all laws and decrees criminalising the peaceful exercise of the human rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly.
2) For the full Urgent Action, including appeal addresses and further information, please click on the Word or PDF version below.
3) Please let us know if you took action so that we can track our impact! 
  • EITHER send a short email to uan@aiusa.org with "UA 191/16" in the subject line, and include in the body of the email the number of letters and/or emails you sent;
  • OR fill out this short online form to let us know how you took action.
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