October 20, 2017

Urgent Action Update: Activists Indicted For Peaceful Assembly (Thailand: UA 290.16)


Five student activists, a land rights activist and two human rights lawyers face six months imprisonment and unfair trial in a military court in Khon Kaen, Northeast Thailand. The students had arranged a public discussion on Thailand’s constitution, which the human rights lawyers observed.

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Five student activists, a land rights activist and two human rights lawyers face six months imprisonment and unfair trial in a military court in Khon Kaen, Northeast Thailand. The students had arranged a public discussion on Thailand’s constitution, which the human rights lawyers observed.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Drop the charges against individuals who attended “Speak for Freedom” event, as they stem solely from their peaceful exercise of the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly;
  • Expressing concern that the indictment of individuals attending the “Speak for Freedom” discussion represents an undue restriction of the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, and urging authorities to ensure that all individuals can exercise their rights regardless of political opinion or affiliation;
  • Urging the authorities to ensure that under no circumstances are civilians tried in military courts and to promptly transfer all such cases to ordinary civilian courts.

Contact below officials by 1 December, 2017:
Judge Advocate General
Adm. Kritsada Charoennpanit
Judge Advocate General’s Department
Ministry of Defence
Sanamchai Road, Phra Nakorn
Bangkok, Thailand
Fax: 66 2143 9546
E-mail: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Judge Advocate

Ambassador Pisan Manawapat, Royal Embassy of Thailand
1024 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202 944 3600 I Fax: 1 202 944 3611
Contact form: http://thaiembdc.org/contact/
Twitter: @ThaiEmbDC
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 290.16
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