Lèse majesté solidarity-PPT

July 3, 2012

Political Prisoners in Thailand: July 2, 2012


PPT has received information regarding several solidarity activities for the victims of the lese majeste law.

The first involves the Launch of the Network of Family Members and People Affected by Article 112.

The official launch involves two events on 5 and 7 July 2012. The 5 July event is the issue of a press release to the international media at 10:30 AM at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand.

The event for the local  audience will involve a press release following a seminar at the 14th October Memorial, Ratchadamnern Avenue. The seminar begins at 1 PM and is titled “Open the prison doors for our 112 friends.” The event should conclude about 3.00 PM.

Moderator Panitan Phruksakasemsuk
Panelists: Sulak Sivaraksa, founder and director of “Sathirakoses-Nagapradeepa Foundation” charged with LM four times;
Jon Ungpakorn, Representative from the National Human Rights Commission Sub-Commitee, former Senator, Magsaysay Awardee;
Pravit Rojanaphruk, Journalist from The Nation and Prachatai, facing seven LM accusations;
Sarawut Pratoomraj, Human Rights Advocate from Institute for Rules of Law and Human Rights
Representative from Democracy for Peace and Prosperity Group (DPP Thailand)
Family members and people affected by the Article 112:
Pranee Danwattananusorn (Surachai’s wife)
Keechiang Thaweewarodomkul (Tantawut’s father)
Rosamalin Tangnoppakun (the late Ampon’s wife)
Tam Poochaisang (Surapak’s mother)
Nat Sattayapornpisut
Interested public and media are invited to join. Further information about attendance; please feel free to contact Mr. Panitan Phruksakasemsuk (086-660-0270) or Ms. Sunee Kromram (080-484-3075)

A second event is the launch of a new book about Somyos Prueksakasemsuk that came out on 16 June. The book is in Thai and contains stories about Somyos and his work by his friends and colleagues across the world.

Third, Somyos and his lawyers are about to make his 10th bail application. PPT urges continued support for him by signing the online letter calling for the his release of Somyot and right to bail. Sign on for the campaign here.

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