Latest update:July-August: Free Somyot and others political prisoners of Lese Majeste Law in Thailand

by Free Somyot on Tuesday, 7 August 2012 at 15:13 ·

Dear all friends and comrades,

Warnm greetings !

Here we would like to update happenings of Somyot case and other related cases affected by Lese Majeste Law. Many cases were droped, convicted and new cases are coming in the last July 2012.

Series of campaigns has launched in Thailand to speed up the campaign of “Free Somyot” from August  until the next court scheduled  on Somyots’s case on 19 Sept 2012.

Here, we appeal you to continue to sign online protest letter to call for release of Somyot :

Press statement of Free Smyot Campaign 

A. Appeal to the United Nations Office of Human Rights and European Union  conduct official prison visiting  and meeting with Political Prisoners of Lese Majeste

The Network of Family Members and People Affected by Article 112 / เครือข่ายญาติและผู้ประสบภัยจากมาตรา 112 have sent a letter to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and EU delegation in Thailand.

The letter is signed by Sukunya Prueksakasemsuk, wife of Somyos, and the group calls for an official visit by the OHCR’s officer  and EU delegate/member statess in Bangkok to check on the unfortunate prison conditions experienced by lese majeste detainees, specifically mentioning six prisoners, all in difficult circumstances and all held for considerable periods of time.

To see the full article and the letters submitted click

B. International Federation of Human Rights visits Somyot

On the 24 July 2012, the International Human Rights group the FIDH, International Federation for Human Rights, made the first official visit to Bangkok Remand Prison. The FIDH’s Asia representative visited Somyot and other political prisoners of Lese Majeste Law to discuss their treatment and current situation. The  was  the first international NGO that make a public visit to the   political prisoners in the prison, a highly appreciated and encouraging movement.

C.   Update :  Other LML cases in July 2012

New arrest:

Thitinant Kaewchantranont ,a New Zealand-resident Thai woman accused of a lese majeste offence did not show up for a flight to Auckland yesterday after police admitted her to hospital.

 Bail rejected:

Bail application of Surapak Puchaisaeng was rejected again yesterday. Court remain the same decision and reason. Sad news to Mom Tam before the mother’s day.

 Court proceeding/trial start:

Lese majeste trial begins of man caught selling ‘defamatory’ video

Wed, 18/07/2012 – 10:00 | by prachatai

Pravit Rojanaphruk, The Nation

The lese majeste trial of Ekachai Hongkangwan, a man arrested for peddling pirated copies of a news documentary produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) about the future of the Thai monarchy and the lese majeste law began yesterday.

Case dropped:  

Chotisak Onsoong

A Lese Majeste charge dropped for Chotisak who did not stand up at the movie theater.

Prosecutor drops case against couple not standing for royal anthem in cinema

Fri, 20/07/2012 – 08:49 | by prachatai

The public prosecutor has decided to drop a lèse majesté case against Chotisak Onsoong and his friend who did not stand up for the royal anthem in a Bangkok cinema in 2007.

Wisit Sukyukhon, a public prosecutor, sent a letter on 11 April this year to Pathumwan police who first took up the case, to inform them about the decision.

On 20 Sept 2007, at a cinema in the Central World shopping complex in downtown Bangkok, Chotisak, 26, and his female friend, whose name is withheld, had a heated argument with Navamintr Witthayakul, 40, who was among the audience, after the two ignored Navamintr’s demand for them to stand up for the royal anthem which precedes every movie shown in Thailand’s cinemas.

 Good statement from AHRC related to Chotisak’s case

Although the AHRC finds Visit’s assessment of the “inappropriate” nature of the argument between Navamintr and Chotisak intriguing, it welcomes Visit’s measured and clear accounting of why the charges against Chotisak and his friend have been dismissed. His is a clear statement that section 112 cannot be applied to any and all speech or actions that question the relationship between the monarchy and the people, the monarchy and democracy, or the monarchy and human rights. Discussions about these topics–or at the very least, the legality of them–are urgently necessary if there is to be the possibility of the rule of law and the consolidation of human rights in Thailand.

Despite the outcome of this case, the AHRC would like to express concern about the slow pace at which the prosecutor’s inquiries proceeded. Chotisak and his friend waited over four years for this outcome: the complaint against them was filed in September 2007, and police lodged charges in April 2008, with the case file going to the prosecutor that October. Since then until April 2012, the two accused have daily lived in fear that they would have to face charges in court at any time. By contrast, the prosecutor decided to drop the charges of physical assault brought against Navamintr for his assault of Chotisak in September 2008.

THAILAND: Judiciary affirms that not standing is no crime

Mon, 30/07/2012 – 12:00 | by prachatai

Asian Human Rights Commission

Case Dropped

Joe Gordon

King pardons US man jailed for lese majeste

The Thai-born US citizen jailed for posting online his translation of a banned book about the King was granted a royal pardon and freed on 11.7.2012

Testimony of the ex political prisoner of Thailand:

Now a free man

Sat, 04/08/2012 – 13:32 | by prachatai

After serving about 2 years and 4 months in prison, Nat Sattayapornpisut was released on 19 April this year. He was jailed for sending e-mails to a foreign friend containing links to s

ome materials available on the internet deemed offensive to the Thai monarchy.

Now 29 years old, he was born and lived in Bangkok. When he was two years old, his father committed suicide due to business failures, and, twenty years later, his mother died from cancer. All he has left of his family is his younger brother, his grandma who raised him, and some distant relatives.


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