Free Somyot: Urgent message to the new Thai government before July 24

published 14-07-2011 09:50, last modified 24-04-2013 09:51
We urgently call upon you to take action once more in support of Thai human rights activist and journalist Somyot Pruksakasemsuk, who has been in jail now on charges of 'lese majeste' for 2.5 months.
 Free Somyot: Urgent message to the new Thai government before July 24

Free Somyot

UPDATE: This appeal is not active anymore.

Thailand has elected a new government on 3 July and it is essential that Somyot's case is also brought to the attention of the new Prime Minister before 24 July 2011 which is the deadline for the indictment. On that day the prosecutor has to submit the case to the court and if he fails to do so Somyot will have to be released immediately. If the case is put forward Somyot is likely to stay in jail for at least 2 years.

You can send letters to the Thai Embassy in your own country. Here is the link to find the email address of your embassy

For more information and for other ways to support Somyot:

Prime Minister

c/o Government House

Pitsanulok Road, Dusit District

Bangkok 10300


Fax: + 662 282 8631/280 1589/629 8213

Your Excellency,

I write to inform you of the case of Somyot Pruksakasemsuk and ask you for his immediate release. Somyot, an independent journalist and labour activist strongly committed to human rights and the promotion of freedom of speech, was arrested on the 30th April 2011 and is currently being held at Bangkok Remand Prison, in Bangkok.

We understand that Somyot was arrested on a charge of defaming, insulting and threatening the King, Queen and heir apparent (Section112 of the Penal Code) a charge which he fully denies. It is believed that his arrest was due to the effort by him and other pro democracy activists to collect 10,000 signatures needed to table for a repeal of section 112 of the Criminal Code/Lese Majeste Law in parliament. This action was done in a peaceful manner and according to the procedures prescribed by the 2007 Constitution. He also was not aware that any arrest warrant had previously been issued and strongly denies any claim that he resisted arrest.

We understand that the Criminal Court agreed with the Department of Special Investigation (DSI)  has extended the detention of Somyot without bail, something we believe to be an unacceptable abuse of Somyot's human rights. His case is due for review on the 24th July 2011 and we urge you to intervene and allow him to be released -  it does not appear that he has broken any laws.

Yours sincerely,


Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister - Elect

Mr Charupong, general secretary of Pheu Thai party

Mr.Sopchot Sukharom, President of the Supreme Court

Filed under: ,
See also
Thailand Factsheet February 2015

Thailand Country Report February 2015.pdf

Five years on, international organizations renew their call for the release of Somyot Phrueksakasemsuk Five years on, international organizations renew their call for the release of Somyot Phrueksakasemsuk

On the eve of the five-year anniversary of his detention, we, the undersigned international ...

Free Somyot: 4 years in jail for 'insulting the king' Free Somyot: 4 years in jail for 'insulting the king'

Today it has been four years since Thai editor and labour rights activist Somyot Pruksakaemsuk was ...

Burmese migrant workers' factory announces closure

Over 500 Burmese migrant workers at the Yuan Jiou factory in Mae Sot, Thailand, were fighting to be ...

'Insulting the king': Bail denied

Somyot Pruksakasemsuk's 16th request for bail and temporary release, made in November 2014, has ...

New report to mark International Migrant Day New report to mark International Migrant Day

To mark the United Nation’s International Migrant Day, Clean Clothes Campaign released a new ...

Union leaders finally acquitted

In August 2009 the Bangkok police issued arrest warrants against three union activists for their ...

Sentenced to 11 years in prison

Somyot, a Thai labour rights activist, human rights defender and magazine editor, has been in ...

OECD complaint after forced settlement

In 2011, 22 workers at the Mölnlycke factory were dismissed after the management accused them of ...

more ...