Urgent Action Update: Peaceful Protesters Face Years in Prison (Thailand: UA 134.20)

December 21, 2020

Hundreds of peaceful pro-democracy protesters, including children, may face decades of or even life imprisonment for taking part in mass, pro-democracy demonstrations, as the crackdown on the freedoms of peaceful assembly and of expression further escalates in the country. At least 220 persons, including six children, face criminal proceedings. Thailand must amend or repeal the repressive laws it is using to suppress peaceful assembly and the expression of dissenting opinions.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha
Office of the Prime Minister
Pitsanulok Road
Bangkok 10300
Thailand
Tel: 66 2 618 2323
Fax: 66 2 282 5131
Ambassador Thani Thongphakdi
Royal Thai Embassy
1024 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington DC 20007
Phone: 202 944 3600 I Fax: 202 944 3611
Contact form: https://bit.ly/2DYwCp1
Twitter: @ThaiEmbDC
Facebook: @Thaiembdc
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Prime Minister,

I write to express my grave concern about the escalating crackdown on students and other activists in your country, who have been expressing their opinions on political and constitutional reforms through peaceful protest and social media. I find it distressing that, despite your government having publicly acknowledged that the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are the foundation of society, those who have peacefully exercised these rights in recent months continue to be harassed.

It is alarming to learn that at least 220 persons, including six children, face criminal proceedings. They would face up to decades or even life imprisonment if prosecuted and convicted. Among these are high school students Benjamaporn ‘Ploy’ Nivas,16; Free Youth and student union leader Panusaya ‘Rung’ Sittijirawattanakul; pro-democracy activist Tattep ‘Ford’ Ruangprapaikitseree, and legal expert and former prisoner of conscience Jatupat ‘Pai’ Boonpattararaksa.

As you are aware, the United Nations Human Rights Committee and other experts have recommended that Thailand amend or repeal the very laws it is now using as tools to suppress the expression of critical and dissenting opinions and peaceful protests, and that Thailand end related prosecutions. I urge you to change your government’s approach to protecting the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression in order to genuinely enable people to exercise them, including by allowing criticism of authorities, in line with Thailand’s obligations under international human rights law and the Constitution.

I call on you to immediately and unconditionally drop all criminal proceedings against protesters and others charged solely for exercising their rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression; cease all other measures, including harassment, aimed at dissuading public participation in peaceful gatherings; and amend or repeal legislation to ensure it conforms with Thailand’s international human rights obligations on freedom of peaceful assembly and expression.

Yours sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

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