Call for international observers to trial of Chiranuch Premchaiporn

August 27, 2011

Thai court will resume the witness hearings against Ms. Chiranuch Premchaiporn, charged with lèse majesté under the Computer Crimes Act. Chiranuch (Jiew) is a media rights advocate and Executive Director of Prachatai, an independent, online news agency.


We are pleased to pass an invitation to you and your organization to participate in Ms. Chiranuch Trial Observation starting 1 September 2011.


If you are interested and planning to observe Chiranuch’s trial, please find the information below.


1.Chiranuch’s trial will take place on 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 20, 21 September (prosecution witnesses) and 11, 12, 13, 14 October (defence witnesses).


2. Based on the discussion with Chiranuch’s legal team, it is recommended that organisations send official letters to Mr. Boon Tapondol, the Director-General of Criminal Court Judges requesting permission to observe Chiranuch’s trial on any or all of the dates above. The letter, if in English, should be accompanied by a copy of a Thai translation. The letter should be addressed to:


Boon Tapondol


Criminal Court Building

Rachadapisek Road

Jompon District, Chatuchak Sub-district,

Bangkok 10900

(in Thai: นายบูรณ์ ฐาปนดุลย์ อธิบดีผู้พิพากษาศาลอาญา อาคารศาลอาญา ถนนรัชดาภิเษก แขงวงจอมพล เขตจตุจักร กรุงเทพฯ 10900).


To call or fax in Thailand: Tel. 02-541-2284-90, Fax 02-541-2142 and 02-541-2141

To call or fax from outside Thailand: Tel. +66-2-541-2284 to 2290,

Fax +66-2-541-2142 and +66-2-541-2141


The letter should address that given that the issue of Internet and the Computer Crimes Act have been an issue of concern among the international community. The letter should not address directly that you are concerned over lack of impartiality in the Thai court as this could forbid you from participating in the trial observation, as the court is extremely sensitive to perceived criticism.


3. The letter requesting trial observation should be sent as soon as possible. Chiranuch’s legal team has raised concerns that without the demands by international legal groups, embassies, and international NGOs, the judges might decide to make Chiranuch’s trial a closed, secret trial.  Closed trials are quite frequent in Thailand and are made on the decision of the judges, especially on grounds the case is related to national security.


4. You are strongly requested to provide your own simultaneous interpreter, but if you are unable to, please contact Kheetanat Wannaboworn (084 899 0905, or (by 30 August 2011) and we would try to provide volunteer interpreters for you.

For the map of the Criminal Court; please find


Details of the legal cases against Chiranuch are here:

One Response to “Call for international observers to trial of Chiranuch Premchaiporn”

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