Thailand: Drop All Charges Against 11 Activists (UA 7/16)

January 13, 2016




Five activists were arrested on 20-21 January, one of whom reports being abducted and ill-treated by military officials before being taken to a police station. They, along with six other activists, face trial in a military court and up to six months in prison and/or a fine for taking part in peaceful activities to highlight allegations of official corruption.
1) Please write immediately in Thai or your own language:
  • Urging authorities to drop all charges laid against the activists (naming them) for illegal assembly after they peacefully called for an inquiry into allegations of official corruption;
  • Urging authorities to institute a prompt, impartial, independent and effective investigation into the abduction and ill-treatment of Sirawith Seritiwat;
  • Calling on them to repeal NCPO Order 3/2015 penalizing “political” assembly of five or more persons;
  • Urging them to allow the peaceful exercise of the rights to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression, and not to penalize those legitimately exercising these rights, including by “liking” or sharing materials online.
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 [email protected] with “UA 7/16” 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.