HE Yingluck Shinawatra

Prime Minister
Government House
Phitsanulok Road, Dusit District
Bangkok 10300

Thailand

Fax: +66-2288-4016

 

1 February 2012

 

Your Excellency,

As concerned international observers of Thailand, we stand in solidarity with our colleagues in the Campaign Committee for the Amendment of Article 112, led by the most respected Thai scholars Dr. Charnvit Kasetsiri, Dr. Nidhi Aeosriwong, and Dr. Pasuk Phongpaichit, in calling for the reform of Article 112 of the Criminal Code. We have watched with growing unease over the last five years since the 19 September 2006 coup as the number of people charged and prosecuted has multiplied exponentially in the service of repression, while the violation of the basic rights of those who face lèse majesté accusations – including the denial of bail and the denial of the right to an open trial – has become routine.

In recent months, the harshest sentence to date under Article 112 was given to Mr. Ampon (a.k.a. Ah-Kong), who was sentenced on 23 November 2011 to 20 years in prison for allegedly sending four SMS messages with anti-monarchy content. There are many known cases in which charges have been filed and prosecutions carried out over the last five years, as well as an unknown number which have not been made public but which court statistics indicate have taken place. Adding an additional layer of concern to the use of Article 112, anyone can currently file a complaint of a violation with the police, who are then compelled to investigate fully. This is of particular concern as the growth in the number of accusations leveraged and prosecutions carried out under Article 112 has occurred as Thai society has become increasingly polarized along political and ideological lines. Within this context, Article 112 has become a powerful tool to silence political dissent, and in particular, any dissent interpreted as disloyalty to the institution of the monarchy. There is no political space in present-day Thailand to publicly discuss the role and future of the monarchy under democracy, which is a crucial subject for the country at the moment.

The harsh and disproportionate lengths of the prison sentences given out under Article 112 have devastated the individuals sentenced and their families. Grandfathers have been wrenched from the grandchildren and fathers and husbands from their children and wives. Yet these sentences, which are comparable to those given for drug trafficking and violent crime, also work powerfully to create fear among Thai citizens writ large. When citizens cannot be certain if, or when, a knock at the door is going to come for a message they have written, an article they have posted online or another action deemed to be disloyal, action and thought are constricted. As long as this occurs, the full exercise of human rights cannot occur in Thailand.

We stand with the Campaign Committee for the Amendment of Article 112 because reform is necessary to protect the basic rights of Thai citizens and support the consolidation of democracy and the rule of law in a broad sense.  The amendment draft proposed by the Khana Nitirat will address the crises engendered by the abuse of Article 112 by making the punishment reasonable and proportionate to the crime, limiting who can file a complaint with the Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary rather than any citizen, differentiating sincere and truthful criticism from threats to the monarchy, and treating violations of Article 112 as those within the legal category of insulting the honor of the monarchy, rather than the category of violations of national security.

We urge you to consider the proposed amendment without delay.

 

Sincerely,

(Alphabetical by family name)

 

• Patricio N. Abinales

Professor, School of Pacific and Asian Studies

University of Hawaii-Manoa

 

• Tariq Ali

Writer

 

• Nadje Al-Ali

Professor of Gender Studies

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

 

• Robert B. Albritton

Professor, Department of Political Science
University of Mississippi

 

• Dennis Altman, AM FASSA

Professor of Politics and Director of the Institute for Human Security

LaTrobe University

 

• Gene Ammarell

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Ohio University

 

• Barbara Watson Andaya

Professor of Asian Studies

University of Hawai’i

 

• Dennis Arnold

Lecturer

Maastricht University

 

• Edward Aspinall

Professor, Department of Political and Social Change

Australian National University

 

• Chris Baker

Independent Scholar

 

• Joshua Barker

Associate Professor of Anthropology

University of Toronto

 

• Frieda Behets

Professor of Epidemiology and Research Professor of Medicine

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

• Peter Bell

Emeritus Professor

State University of New York at Purchase

 

• Trude Bennett

Associate Professor, Gillings School of Global Public Health

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

• Chris Berry,

Professor of Film & TV Studies, Department of Media & Communications

Goldsmiths, University of London

 

• Robert J. Bickner

Professor (Thai), Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia

University of Wisconsin

 

• Julia Bindman

London, UK

 

• David JH Blake

PhD Candidate, School of International Development, Faculty of Social Sciences

University of East Anglia, Norwich

 

• John Borneman

Professor of Anthropology

Princeton University

 

• Katherine Bowie

Professor of Anthropology

University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

• Francis Bradley

Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies

Pratt Institute

 

• Shaun Breslin

Professor, Department of Politics and International Studies

University of Warwick

 

• Lisa Brooten

Associate Professor, College of Mass Communication and Media Arts

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

 

• Andrew Brown

Lecturer

University of New England

 

• James Buchanan

MA, Southeast Asian Studies

School of Oriental and African Studies

 

• Poowin Bunyavejchewin

Alumnus

University of Hull

 

• Michael Burawoy

Professor of Sociology

University of California, Berkeley

 

• Pongphisoot Busbarat

Research Associate, Department of Political & Social Change

Australian National University

 

• Peter Carey

Emeritus Fellow in History, Trinity College

Oxford University

 

• Toby Carroll

Senior Research Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

National University of Singapore

 

• Pavin Chachavalpongpun

Fellow

Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

 

• Dipesh Chakrabarty

Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor, Department of History and

Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations

The University of Chicago

 

• Dae-oup Chang, Senior Lecturer

Department of Development Studies

School of Oriental and African Studies

 

• Professor Hilary Charlesworth

Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and Director and the Center for

International Governance and Justice

Australian National University

 

• Pheng Cheah

Professor, Department of Rhetoric

University of California at Berkeley

 

• Nicholas Cheesman

Projects Officer

Asian Legal Resource Centre

 

• Professor Noam Chomsky

Institute Professor (retired)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 

• Professor John Clark

Professor of Asian Art History and ARC Professorial Fellow

University of Sydney

 

• Peter A. Coclanis

Department of History

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

 

• Professor Joshua Cohen

Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society

Stanford University

 

• Paul T. Cohen

Senior Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology

Macquarie University

 

• Elizabeth Fuller Collins

Professor, Classics & World Religions, Southeast Asian Studies Program

Ohio University

 

• Michael Kelly Connors

Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences

La Trobe University

 

• Jason Cons

Postdoctoral Fellow in Development Sociology

Cornell University

 

• Christopher Cramer

Professor of the Political Economy of Development

School of Oriental and African Studies

 

• Altha Cravey

Associate Professor of Geography,

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

 

• Simon Creak

Associate Professor, Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Kyoto University

 

• Vicki Crinis

Research Fellow

University of Wollongong

 

• Michael Cullinane
Associate Director, Center for Southeast Asian Studies

University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

• Susan M. Darlington

Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies

Hampshire College

 

• Tony Day

Visiting Professor of History

Wesleyan University

 

• Bina D’Costa

Fellow, Research School of Asian and Pacific Studies

Australian National University

 

• Heather D’Cruz

Adjunct Research Associate, Centre for Human Rights Education

Curtin University of Technology

 

• Deirdre de la Cruz

Assistant Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures and History

University of Michigan

 

• Arif Dirlik,

Knight Professor of Social Science (retired)

University of Oregon

 

• Ariel Dorfman

Author and Distinguished Professor

Duke University

 

• Ian Down

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

 

• George Dutton

Vice Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

University of California, Los Angeles

 

• Nancy Eberhardt

Professor of Anthropology

Knox College

 

• Pilapa Esara

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

The College at Brockport (State University of New York)

 

• Grant Evans

Senior Research Fellow

Ecole Francaise d’Extreme Orient

 

• Brett Farmer

Lecturer, BALAC Program, Faculty of Arts

Chulalongkorn University

 

• Nicholas Farrelly

Research Fellow, School of International, Political and Strategic Studies

Australian National University

 

• Didier Fassin

James D. Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science

Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

 

• Jane M. Ferguson

Lecturer, School of Culture, History, and Language

Australian National University

 

• Federico Ferrara

Assistant Professor

City University of Hong Kong

 

• Jessica Fields

Associate Professor of Sociology

San Francisco State University

 

• Thamora Fishel

Outreach Coordinator

Cornell Southeast Asia Program

 

• Tim Forsyth

Reader in Environment and Development, Department of International Development

London School of Economics and Political Science

 

• Nancy Fraser

Henry A. & Louise Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics

New School for Social Research

 

• Arnika Fuhrmann

Research Scholar

University of Hong Kong.

 

• David Fullbrook

Graduate Student

National University of Singapore

 

• Narayanan Ganesan

Professor

Hiroshima Peace Institute

 

• Lisa Gardner

Journalist

 

• Paul K. Gellert

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

University of Tennessee

 

• Kenneth M. George

Professor of Anthropology

University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

• Amitav Ghosh

Author

 

• Tamra Gilbertson

Carbon Trade Watch

Barcelona, Spain

 

• Henry A. Giroux

Global Television Network Chair, Department of English and Cultural Studies

McMaster University

 

• Jim Glassman

Associate Professor of Geography

University of British Columbia

 

• Lawrence Grossberg

Morris Davis Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

• Geoffrey C. Gunn

Professor of International Relations, Faculty of Economics

Nagasaki University

 

• Tyrell Haberkorn

Research Fellow, Department of Political and Social Change

Australian National University

 

• Vedi Hadiz

Professor of Asian Societies and Politics, Asia Research Centre

Murdoch University

 

• Jeffrey Hadler

Associate Professor, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies

University of California, Berkeley

 

• Shahar Hameiri

Senior Lecturer in International Politics, School of Social Science and Humanities,

Murdoch University

 

• Annette Hamilton

Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

University of New South Wales

 

• Paul Handley

Journalist and Author of The King Never Smiles

 

• Eva Hansson

Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science

Stockholm University, Sweden

 

• Harry Harootunian

Adjunct Professor, Weatherhead East Asian Institute,

Columbia University Visiting Professor, Literature Program,

Duke University

 

• Rachel Harrison

Reader in Thai Cultural Studies

SOAS, University of London

 

• Gillian Hart

Professor of Geography & Chair of Development Studies

University of California, Berkeley

 

• Paul Healy

Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities

University of New England

 

• Steve Heder

Faculty of Law and Social Sciences

School of Oriental and African Studies

 

• Chris Hedges

Author

 

• Sascha Helbardt

Lecturer for Southeast Asian Studies

University of Passau

 

• Dagmar Hellmann-Rajanayagam

Associate Professor for Southeast Asian Studies

University of Passau

 

• Ariel Heryanto

Associate Professor, Southeast Asia Centre

Australian National University

 

• Kevin Hewison

Professor of Asian Studies

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

 

• Allen Hicken

Associate Professor

University of Michigan

 

• Maureen Helen Hickey

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Asia Research Institute

National University of Singapore

 

• CJ Hinke

Independent Scholar

Freedom Against Censorship Thailand (FACT)

 

• Scott A. Hipsher

Visiting Professor, Fort Hays State University

Hays, Kansas USA (China Campus)

 

• Philip Hirsch

Professor of Human Geography

University of Sydney

 

• Preedee Hongsaton

PhD Candidate

Australian National University

 

• Alexander Horstmann

Senior Research Affiliate

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Ethnic and Religious Diversity

 

• Thomas Hoy

Lecturer

Thammasat University

 

• Caroline Hughes

Director, Asia Research Centre

Murdoch University

 

• Adadol Ingawanij

Senior Research Fellow

Westminster University

 

• Feyzi Ismail

Doctoral candidate

School of Oriental and African Studies

 

• Soren Ivarsson

Associate Professor

University of Copenhagen

 

• Peter A. Jackson

Professor of Thai History, College of Asia and the Pacific

Australian National University

 

• Arne Kalleberg

Professor of Sociology

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

• Ward Keeler

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

University of Texas at Austin

 

• Charles Keyes

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and International Studies

University of Washington

 

• Khoo Boo Teik

Political analyst and author

Member, Aliran Kesedaran Negara, Penang, Malaysia

 

• Khoo Gaik Cheng

Lecturer

Australian National University

 

• Ben Kiernan

Whitney Griswold Professor of History

Yale University

 

• Sung Chull Kim

Professor

Hiroshima Peace Institute

 

• Damien Kingsbury

Professor and Director, Centre for Citizenship, Development and Human

Rights, Faculty of Arts and Education

Deakin University

 

• Sherryl Kleinman

Professor, Department of Sociology

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

 

• H. Ruediger Korff

Professor for Southeast Asian Studies

University of Passau

 

• Andrew Alan Johnson

Postdoctoral Fellow, Asia Research Institute

National University of Singapore

 

• Lee Jones

Lecturer in International Politics, School of Politics & International Relations

Queen Mary, University of London

 

• Hjorleifur Jonsson

Associate Professor of Anthropology, School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Arizona State University

 

• Sarah Joseph

Director, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law

Monash University

 

• John Langer

Honorary Fellow, School of Communication and the Arts

Victoria University

 

• Tomas Larsson

Lecturer, Department of Politics and International Studies

Cambridge University

 

• Laurids S. Lauridsen

Professor

Roskilde University

 

• Doreen Lee

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Northeastern University

 

• Namhee Lee

Associate Professor of Modern Korean History, Department of Asian

Languages & Cultures

University of California, Los Angeles

 

• Christian C. Lentz

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

 

• Samson Lim

Assistant Professor, Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Singapore University of Technology and Design

 

• Peter Limqueco

Co-Editor, Journal of Contemporary Asia

 

• Larry Lohmann

The Corner House, UK

 

• Tamara Loos

Associate Professor of Southeast Asian History

Cornell University

 

• Gregore Pio Lopez

PhD Candidate, Crawford School of Economics and Government

Australian National University

 

• Trevor H.J. Marchand

Professor of Social Anthropology

School of Oriental and African Studies

 

• Thomas Marois

Lecturer in Development Studies

School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

 

• Andrew MacGregor Marshall

Freelance journalist and author

 

• Geoff Mann

Associate Professor

Simon Fraser University

 

• Mary E. McCoy

Lecturer & Outreach Coordinator

University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

• Colleen McGinn

PhD Candidate

Columbia University

 

• Katharine McGregor

Senior Lecturer in Southeast Asian History

University of Melbourne

 

• Shawn McHale

Associate Professor of History, Elliott School of International Affairs

George Washington University

 

• Robert Meeropol

Executive Director

Rosenberg Fund for Children

 

• Gayatri Menon

Department of Sociology

Franklin and Marshall College

 

• Mary Beth Mills

Professor of Anthropology

Colby College

 

• Art Mitchells-Urwin

SOAS Thai Society President

School of Oriental and African Studies,

University of London

 

• Michael Montesano

Visiting Research Fellow

Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore

 

• Rosalind Morris

Professor, Department of Anthropology

Columbia University

 

• Frank Munger

Professor of Law

New York Law School

 

• Melissa Nickols

Honours Candidate

Australian National University

 

• Nguyen-vo Thu-huong

Associate Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures and Asian American

Studies

University of California, Los Angeles

 

• Don Nonini

Professor of Anthropology

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

 

• Rachel Sarah O’Toole

Assistant Professor of History

University of California, Irvine

 

• Piya Pangsapa

Head and Senior Lecturer, Institute for Gender and Development Studies

The University of the West Indies

 

• Raj Patel

Visiting Scholar, Center for African Studies

University of California at Berkeley

 

• Jamie Peck

Canada Research Chair in Urban & Regional Political Economy

University of British Columbia

 

• Maurizio Peleggi

Associate Professor, Department of History
National University of Singapore

 

• Thomas Pepinsky

Assistant Professor, Department of Government

Cornell University

 

• Sheldon Pollock

Ransford Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Studies

Columbia University

 

• Oliver Pye

Lecturer for Southeast Asian Studies

Bonn University

 

• Rahul Rao

Lecturer in Politics

School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

 

• Rajah Rasiah

Khazanah Nasional Chair of Regulatory Studies and Professor of Technology and Innovation Policy, Faculty of Economics and Administration

University of Malaya

 

• Leon Redler

Faculty (since 1970), Former Chair of the Association

Philadelphia Association, London, UK

 

• Anthony Reid

Professor [emeritus]

Australian National University

 

• Craig Reynolds

Professor, School of Culture, History, and Language

Australian National University

 

• Andrea Riemenschnitter

Professor and Chair of Modern Chinese Studies, Director of the

University Research Priority Program “Asia and Europe”

University of Zurich

 

• Jonathan Rigg

Professor, Geography Department

Durham University

 

• Geoffrey B. Robinson

Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of History

University of California, Los Angeles

 

• Garry Rodan

Professor of Politics and International Studies

Murdoch University

 

• John Roosa

Associate Professor, History Department

University of British Columbia

 

• Danilyn Rutherford

President, Society for Cultural Anthropology

Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology

University of California, Santa Cruz

 

• Saskia Sassen

Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology

Co-Chair, Committee on Global Thought

Columbia University

 

• Wolfram Schaffar

Professor for Development Studies, Institute of Development Studies

University of Vienna

 

• Tilman Schiel

Professor, Chair of Insular Southeast Asian Studies

University of Passau

 

• Johannes Dragsbaek Schmidt

Associate Professor

Aalborg University

 

• Sarah Schulman

Distinguished Professor of the Humanities

City University of New York

 

• Raymond Scupin

Director, Center for International and Global Studies and Chair, Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Lindenwood University

 

• Laurie J. Sears

Professor of History and Director, Southeast Asia Center

University of Washington

 

• Mark Selden

Coordinator

The Asia-Pacific Journal

 

• Sarah Sexton

The Corner House, UK

 

• Jeffrey Shane

Southeast Asian Librarian, Curator, David K. Wyatt Thai Collection and

Chair of CORMOSEA

Ohio University

 

• John T. Sidel

Sir Patrick Gillam Professor of International and Comparative Politics

London School of Economics and Political Science

 

• Dan Slater

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

University of Chicago

 

• elin o’Hara slavick

Distinguished Professor of Art

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

 

• Claudio Sopranzetti

PhD Candidate

Harvard University

 

• Chris Sneddon

Associate Professor, Environmental Studies Program and Geography

Department

Dartmouth College

 

• Irene Stengs

Senior Research Fellow, Ethnology Department, Meertens Institute

Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

 

• Carolyn Strange

Senior Fellow, School of History

Australian National University

 

• Donald K. Swearer

Harvard University

 

• David Szanton

Executive Director, Emeritus, International and Area Studies Center

University of California, Berkeley

 

• Eduardo Climaco Tadem

Professor of Asian Studies

University of the Philippines, Diliman

 

• Teresa S. Encarnacion Tadem

Professor of Political Science

University of the Philippines, Diliman

 

• Neferti Tadiar

Professor and Chair, Department of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Barnard College

 

• Eric Tagliacozzo

Associate Professor, Department of History

Cornell University

 

• Michelle Tan

Independent Scholar

 

• Nicola Tannenbaum

Professor of Anthropology, Department of Sociology & Anthropology

Lehigh University

 

• Nicholas Tapp

Professor Emeritus, Australian National University

Chair, Department of Sociology, East China Normal University

 

• Ross Tapsell

Lecturer in Asian Studies

Australian National University

 

• Benjamin Tausig

PhD Candidate, Department of Music

New York University

 

• James Taylor

Senior Lecturer

The University of Adelaide

 

• Nora A Taylor

Alsdorf Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art, Department of Art

History, Theory and Criticism

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

 

• Robert Tierney

Lecturer, School of Business

Charles Sturt University

 

• Serhat Uenaldi

Doctoral Candidate

Humboldt-University of Berlin

 

• Giles Ji Ungpakorn

Exiled Thai scholar under lèse majesté charges

 

• Peter Vandergeest

Associate Professor, Department of Geography

York University

 

• Andrew Walker

Senior Fellow, College of Asia and the Pacific

Australian National University

 

• Joel Wainwright

Associate Professor, Department of Geography

Ohio State University

 

• Napisa Waitoolkiat

Lecturer at South East Asian Institute of Global Studies

Payap University

 

• Meredith L. Weiss

Associate Professor of Political Science

University at Albany, SUNY

 

• Marion Werner

Department of Geography

University at Buffalo, SUNY

 

• Cornel West

Class of 1943 University Professor

Center for African American Studies

Princeton University

 

• Frederick F. Wherry

Associate Professor of Sociology

University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)

 

• Jerome Whitington

Research Fellow, Asia Research Institute

National University of Singapore

 

• Ingrid Wijeyewardene

Lecturer

University of New England

 

• Andrew Willford

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Cornell University

 

• Joanna Williams

Professor Emerita, History of Art & South/Southeast Asian Studies

University of California at Berkeley

 

• Ara Wilson

Director, Program in the Study of Sexualities and Associate Professor,

Women’s Studies & Cultural Anthropology

Duke University

 

• Leslie Woodhouse

Lecturer, History

University of San Francisco

 

• Susan L. Woodward

The Graduate Center

City University of New York

 

• Rebecca Zorach

Associate Professor, Art History

University of Chicago

 

 

Call General Linnington – Tell him to drop the charge of ‘aiding the enemy’

BradleyManning.org: January 20, 2012

http://www.bradleymanning.org/activism/call-general-linnington-tell-him-to-drop-the-charge-of-aiding-the-enemy

 

The Bradley Manning Support Network has just been notified that the recommendations made last week by Lt. Col. Paul Almanza, who presided over last month’s Article 32 hearing, have been passed up the chain of command by Col. Carl R. Coffman Jr.  This means that Lt. Col. Almanza, and now Col. Coffman, have decided that all charges against Bradley Manning — including the most odious charge of “aiding the enemy” — should be referred to a full military court-martial.  At this moment, these recommendations now sit on the desk of Major General Michael S. Linnington, who represents an entity known as the General Court-Martial Convening Authority. He now has the final power to rubber stamp these recommendations, which would formally refer these charges and initiate the court-martial process.

We need you and everyone you know to call General Linnington right now at 202-685-2807.

If the general’s staff are not answering their phone, please call the DoD as FireDogLake is asking their supporters to do,

“We’re calling the Department of Defense to demand they drop the “aiding the enemy” against Manning. To make your voice heard:

1. Dial 703-571-3343
2. Press 5 to leave a comment
* If the mailbox is full, leave a written comment for the DOD here: https://kb.defense.gov/app/ask/session/

 

Tell him that we’re watching him. Tell him to drop the charge of “aiding the enemy” and allow the defense team access to the critical evidence and testimony that they have so far been denied. Tell the military to stop preventing consideration of evidence which shows that these WikiLeaks revelations were never a threat to our national security. Tell them to stop the show trial.

 

End Piracy, Not Liberty

SIGN THE PETITION: https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

PDF: https://static.googleusercontent.com/external_content/untrusted_dlcp/www.google.com/en//landing/takeaction/takeaction.pdf

 

Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.

Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA.

The Senate will begin voting on January 24th. Please let them know how you feel. Sign this petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late.

[PDF, 3.4 MB]

http://www.112victims.org [BLOCKED BY MICT!]

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION BELOW! IMPORTANT NOTE: Once you sign, your signature has been recorded. However, iPetitions then forwards you to a PayPal donation page. If you do not wish to donate, you may simply close this window—you’ve already signed! 

รายงานต่อเนื่องจาก ACT4DEM “ขอ เชิญร่วมเป็นหนึ่งในคนเดือนธันวา 11,135 รายชื่อแรก เพื่อเรียกร้องยกเลิกมาตรา 112 และให้ปล่อยตัวนักโทษการเมืองและนักโทษคดีหมิ่นฯ” 

เรายังคงเดินหน้าต่อไป แม้จะต้องฝ่าด่าน “ไม่ปลื้ม” ของเทวดา ของ NGOs ของเพื่อไทย หรือของพวกคลั่งสถาบันฯ

ข้อ เรียกร้องยกเลิกมาตรา 112 และปล่อยนักโทษคดีหมิ่นฯ และนักโทษการเมืองหยุดไม่อยู่แล้วค่ะ ตอนนี้ได้จัดทำฉบับสั้น กระขับ ที่ข้อเรียกร้องหนักแน่นไม่เปลี่ยนแปลง และจัดทำไปแล้ว 4 ภาษา คือ ไทย อังกฤษ ฝรั่งเศส และล่าสุดภาษาฟินน์ (ทั้งนี้ภาษาเยอรมัน และสเปน กำลังตามมาอย่างกระชั้นชิด)

The Petition to Abolish Thailand LM 112 and release all LM and political prisoners are now have gone global in 4 languages. See the links below;

ภาษาไทย http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/petition-on-abolition-of-the-thai-law-of-lese/

Finnish http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/act4dem-vetoomus-thaimaan-hallitukselle-ja/

English http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/the-abolition-of-the-thai-law-of-lese-majeste/

French http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/sil-vous-plait-aidez-nous-a-faire-abolir-les/

Petition in German and Spanish ready soon!

ไม่ควรมีแต่คนต่างชาติมาลงชื่อ เรียกร้องเสรีภาพให้ประเทศไทย คนไทยต้องกล้าพูดและกล้าแสดงความรู้สึก ถ้าท่านต้องการให้ยกเลิก 112 ขอเชิญลงชื่อได้ตามภาษาที่ถนัดได้เลย ตามลิงค์ด้านล่างนี้

* * * * * * ** * *

ขณะ นี้ผู้ร่วมลงชื่อกว่า 1,200 คน และจาก 50 กลุ่ม ทั้งนี้มีทั้งนักเขียน อาจารย์มหาลัยไทยและต่างประเทศ ที่เป็นที่รุ้จักกันดีมากมายและเรายังมีเวลาอีกเพียง 10 วันสำหรับกิจกรรมยื่น ซึ่งตามการประกาศของเราคือ 10 ธันวาคม

รายละเอียดกิจกรรม ขอให้ทุกท่านร่วมกันเสนอและงานนี้ ไม่มีเจ้าภาพ เพราะ “ทุกคนคือ 11,135”

เป็นการประกาศรูปแบบกิจกรรมแห่งการต่อสู้ของโลกศตวรรษที่ 21 ที่ไม่ยึดติดแกนนำ ไม่ยึดติดคนมีชื่อเสียง ไม่ยึดติดขาใหญ่เจ้าของประเด็น

เป็นการ แสดงเจตจำนงค์ของคนที่อาจจะเคยเป็นแค่ “จำนวน” ที่งานนี้จะเป็น “ตัวจริง” “เสียงจริง” “สู้จริง” “ไม่ดีแต่พูด” “ไม่เพียงแต่เฝ้ารอเทวดามานำการต่อสู้”

ถ้าตัวเลขผู้เสีย ชีวิตจากการสังหาร อุ้ม ฆ่า เผา เพราะพวกเขาขอมีส่วนร่วมทางการเมือง หรือเพราะถูกหมายหัวว่าเป็นภัยต่อ “ชาติ ศาส์น กษัตริย์ และการพัฒนาของชาติ” จำนวน 11,135 ที่เราค้นคว้ามาได้จนถึงช่วงเวลาปัจจุบ้นนี้ ซึ่งประมาณการณ์ว่าเป็นเพียง หนึ่งในสามของตัวเลขผู้สูญสูญที่แท้จริง ยังน้อยไป ต่ำกว่าเรวันดา หรือเขมร – ท่านจะเอาชีวิตประชาชนอีกเท่าไหร่ถึงจะสาสมใจ เพื่อสังเวยอำนาจที่ฉ้อฉล

โปรดช่วยกันลงชื่อ เพื่อร่วมเป็นหนึ่งใน 11 135 คนเดือนธันวาฯ เพื่อร่วมกันปลดล๊อคการเมืองไทย และฝากช่วยกระจายและแชร์วิธีการลงชื่อออนไลน์นี้ไปให้มากที่สุด

และถ้าท่านสามารถช่วยรวบรวมรายชื่อคนที่ไม่ใด้ใช้อินเตอร์เนต เราจะขอบคุณมาก โดยส่งรายชื่อมาได้ที่ savethaiand@gmail.com

ขอบคุณ แทนทีมงานและอาสาสมัครหลังไมค์หลายชีวิตที่ทำงานกันอย่างไม่เห็นแก่ เหน็ดเหนื่อยเพราะเชื่อร่วมกันว่า ถึงเวลาที่เราต้องขยับประเด็นเรื่อง มาตรา 112 มาสู่การพูดได้อย่่างเต็มปากเต็มคำว่า “ยกเลิกไปเถอะมาตรา 112” “มันเป็นเครื่องมืออำมาตย์ทำร้ายประชาชนมานานเกินพอแล้ว”

ยกเลิก 112 ปล่อยนักโทษการเมืองและนักโทษคดีหม่ินฯในทันที!

ดูรายละเอียดเพิ่มเติม ACT4DEMเชิญลงชื่อเรียกร้องให้รัฐบาลยกเลิก112 ปล่อยตัวนักโทษการเมืองและนักโทษคดีหมิ่นฯ ที่นี่ค่ะ

http://thaienews.blogspot.com/2011/11/act4dem112.html

ด้วยความสมานฉันท์

จรรยา เล็ก ยิ้มประเสริฐ

* * * *********************

ภาษาอังกฤษค่ะ

Dear Friends and Comrades,

Call for Solidarity with the Working People of Thailand!

PLEASE HELP us with the task of abolishing Thailand’s archaic and cruel laws of lèse majesté (LM), and release the unknown hundreds of LM and political prisoners in Thai jails.

We wish to deliver at least 11,135 signatures (See poster below) to the Thai government, and to the ASEAN, on International Human Rights Day, 10 December 2011.

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION also help to circulate the petition as widely as possible.

Thank You.

Junya Lek Yimprasert

ACT4DEM

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

To Read and SIGN the Petition in Thai, English and French.

Thai         http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/petition-on-abolition-of-the-thai-law-of-lese/

English     http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/the-abolition-of-the-thai-law-of-lese-majeste/

French     http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/sil-vous-plait-aidez-nous-a-faire-abolir-les/

Petition in German and Spanish ready soon!

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

NOTE ABOUT the ACT4DEM PETITION to the Government of Thailand and the ASEAN demanding the ABOLITION of the Thai law of lèse majesté: (ARTICLE 112 of the Thai Criminal Code) and the RELEASE of ALL LM and POLITICAL PRISONERS.

This petition has been initiated by organisations and people who are increasingly concerned about the future of democracy in Thailand.

Following the bloody military crackdown in Thailand in April – May 2010 that killed 93 people and wounded nearly 2000, lèse majesté laws have been increasingly used to silence the rising dissatisfaction with the justice system in Thailand. After the 2006 military coup the number of people charged with LM rose abruptly from less than 10 per year to 100 and in 2010 it had topped 500.

Today nobody knows how many hundreds of people are charged or being charged with LM– not even the lawyers. If not already in jail, almost all civil society leaders who opposed the Abhisit Government are now facing charges of lèse majesté.

Breaking strict taboo in Thai society, this petition addresses one of the root causes of the Thai Crisis: the impact of lèse majesté on the development of democracy.

The petition is open for signing by organisations and individuals all around the world.

The petition will remain open and on-going until all political prisoners in Thailand have been released and Article 112 has been abolished. The sovereignty of Thailand rests in the hands of the people. The struggle of the people to throw off the webs of corruption that limit and stifle their abilities to realise their democratic rights needs international solidarity now.

We are aiming to gather 11,135 signatures, the number of extra-judicial killings and political assassinations since 1947 revealed by our research. We estimate this is about one third of the actual number killed.

40 organisations and more than 1000 individuals have signed already (28.11. 2011).

We aim to deliver the petition to Thai Government and the ASEAN on 10 December 2011 – International Human Rights Day.

Please sign the petition.

Thank You.

Action for People’s Democracy in Thailand (ACT4DEM)

* * * * * * * * * *

Some information about some of the few known LM prisoners and their cases:

Daranee Charnchoengsilpakul, a media woman turned anti-coup activist, has been in jail since August 2009. She faces severe health problems and is being denied proper treatment. She remains defiant.

Tanthawut Taweewarodomkul, a Red Shirt website designer and single father, was ambushed at his home by a gang of police and jailed immediately – in April 2010. The police claim that the ‘UDD-USA’ website he administered was ‘A threat to the monarchy’. From prison he wrote to his 10 year-old son that: “What Dad wishes You to know is that he is most troubled by not being with you. Web (the son’s name) must know that Dad has not killed anybody, not cheated anybody, not sold any drugs and not deceived anybody. Dad worked as best he could with the skills he had to help his friends, and for doing this he was arrested.”

Surachai Sae-Dan, a Red Siam leader is 68, suffering from many illnesses and now on hunger strike against his maltreatment in prison. He was jailed on 22 February 2011. In writing his will from prison he has told his young followers . . ‘Never give up, never loose hope. Keep fighting.”

Somyot Pruksakemsuk, a well-known labour activist and editor of Red Power, was arrested at the Thai-Cambodia border on 30 April 2011. In his letter from prison entitled ‘Victim of the Unjust’ he states ‘I shall fight for freedom until my last breath. I may agree to shed my freedom, but not my humanity.’ Somyot has faced serious abuse and has been continuously transferred to prisons in different parts of Thailand.

Lerpong Wichaikhammat (Joe Gordon) a Thai-US pensioner in Thailand for health treatment, was ambushed by a gang of 20 DSI agents in Northeast Thailand, charged for posting a Thai version of ‘The Thai King never smiles’ on a web-board in 2008 – 2009, and thrown into prison on 24 May 2011.

Ampon Tangnoppakul, a 61-year-old grandfather, was sentenced to 20-years in prison on November 23, 2011, for allegedly sending four SMS messages critical of the queen to Somkiat Klongwattanasak, the personal secretary of former prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva. Ampon, who is suffering from laryngeal cancer and has been unable to access proper treatment during his time in detention, strenuously denies sending the messages.

[FACT comments: We don’t often host pleas for money to FACTsite. But the Rosenberg Fund for Children, named for the accused atomic spies executed by the USA in 1953, is an exception. Robert Meeropol, son of Ethel and Julius, grew up in foster care after his parents were put to death. He continues to oppose their silencing by the state with compassion for children of modern activists jailed for their beliefs. we’d like to see this effort extended to many other countries. This is not charity—this is human community. Please give as generously as possible. Karma may reward you by not being busted this year!]

Spies, schmies! Love with handcuffs—a symbol for all activists.

Welcome to the new dawn of activism!

Finally, working people, youth, immigrants, and those concerned with the environment have had enough. They will no longer stand for the super-wealthy ripping us off, plundering the planet, profiting from military nightmares, destroying unions and so much more. But in response to the waves of dissent that have swept the country this year, political arrests have skyrocketed to over four times what they were in 2010.

From Madison to San Juan, from Oakland to New York City, the children of the unemployed, disenfranchised, and victimized—whose parents have been attacked for their resistance—as well as teenaged activists, are suffering. Maybe you can’t join the demonstrators on the front lines or in their encampments, but you can show your solidarity with them by supporting the Rosenberg Fund for Children.

With your help we are rising to the occasion. We haven’t let the challenging economic times deter us. We have increased our granting by $10,000 this year to $370,000. We’ve done this because the need has grown even more critical, and because you’ve shown you’re willing to contribute your precious dollars to help these kids. We’re betting you still feel that way.

I wish I could share all the stories of those whom your donations helped in 2011, but I only have the space to tell you about two of the newest members of the RFC family.

This fall an Attica Prison Visit grant enabled the granddaughter of imprisoned, radical attorney Lynne Stewart to visit Lynne and introduce her to her first great-grandchild, born after Lynne’s imprisonment. Lynne’s zealous representation of unpopular defendants led the government to charge her with aiding terrorism. An RFC grant made this important family reunion possible.

Jackson (pseudonym), now 11, still has nightmares about the time the police raided his home, pointed their guns at him, took his parents to prison and forced him into foster case. Jackson’s parents’ “crime” was their work to bring about peace between young African-Americans and Chicanos in a manner that challenged the authority of the notorious Los Angeles police department. Jackson’s mother writes that his “school work has been disrupted by repression. [He is] suffering from emotional distress … as well as problems of adjustment [to the] school authorities’ insensitivity to issues he faces [because of] the family’s political beliefs.” An RFC grant is paying for Jackson’s therapy.

I chose these two examples because they demonstrate the growing attacks upon those who are agitating for change. So much of what we’re witnessing now echoes the 1930’s, as this recession looks more and more like The Great Depression. But a mass progressive response has finally begun, and now it is our turn to aid their vulnerable children. You can do that today by making a fast, secure online donation to the Rosenberg Fund for Children. Every extra dollar you contribute will show these brave people and their families how much you and thousands like you value their resistance.

If you’ve already given in 2011, now is the time to make an additional donation. If you haven’t given yet, please show your support with a special, bigger than usual year-end donation to the RFC. Your help has never been more critical. We must never let them feel that they stand alone!

The children are depending on you.

 

Robert Meeropol
Executive Director

 

[FACT comments: Thai govt has been after labour union activist Somyot for a long time. Lèse majesté…what a convenient abuse of law to censor dissidents. We should all be supporting those who have the courage of conscience and convictions and who refuse to be bullied. It doesn’t matter that Somyot publishes a Redshirt journal supporting Thaksin; the issue the freedom of expression.

Somyot’s trial starts Monday, September 21 at 9:30 am at Bangkok’s Criminal Court (San Aya) on Ratchadapisek Road near Lat Phrao MTR station, Exit 4. Just ask the infostation in which courtroom the trial will be conducted. There will be massive int’l interest in Somyot’s trial; diplomatic and media observers are widely expected.

WE URGE ALL READERS TO SPEND AT LEAST ONE MORNING OR AFTERNOON SESSION TO SUPPORT SOMYOT AND TO STAND UP FOR A FREE MEDIA.


Trial of Thai activist starts Monday

On 21 November, Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, well known editor and long time labour rights activist, will stand trial on charges of lèse majesté. He faces 30 years’ imprisonment and has been denied bail four times despite his constitutional right to bail.

CCC is deeply concerned that Somyot is being denied bail just so he can remain in prison throughout his trial period and that this could ultimately influence the outcome of his case; around 98% of all Lese Majeste cases result in the defendant being found guilty. The continued denial of bail is in violation of the constitutional guarantee for a right to bail under Thai law as well as the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

CCC, along with colleagues and supporters of Somyot around the world are asking people to help pressure the authorities to allow Somyot the right to bail.

Please click here or below to send a letter to the Thai Prime Minister asking for Somyot’s immediate release on bail

CCC, along with several other key organisations sent a letter calling on the Prime minister to intervene in this cases and ensure bail is granted, Somyot is released and the lese majeste laws are amended.

Take Action: Send your own letter to the Thai Prime Minister. [http://www.cleanclothes.org/urgent-actions/somyot-trial]

CCC will be issuing live reporting by trial observers and regular updates, photos and testimonies from the hearings. You can follow CCC’s coverage of Somyot’s trial on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Clean Clothes Campaign

[CJ Hinke of FACT comments: Even just a year ago, most of us in Thailand would have been afraid to sign such a letter. In some Royalist circles, such an effort might still be seen as disloyalty. I am proud to be a signer against lèse majesté censorship and political prisoners. And I now have even Noam Chomsky for company.]

 

H.E. Yingluck Shinawatra

Prime Minister

Government House

Pitsanulok Road, Dusit

Bangkok 10300 Thailand

August 31, 2011

 

Dear Prime Minister

 

112 Scholars call for action on Article 112 and 2007 Computer Crimes Act

 

Following the 19 September 2006 coup, we the undersigned 112 international scholars have been concerned by the diminution of the space for the free exchange of ideas in Thailand. We note with concern several pressing human rights issues, including political prisoners and unresolved questions of accountability for violence.

 

Since April-May 2010, we watched essential freedoms constricted, with a number of new arrests and charges brought under Article 112 of the Criminal Code and the 2007 Computer Crimes Act.

 

We welcome your acknowledgment of the seriousness of abuses connected to Article 112. However, we note with concern that while cases of prominent figures may be covered by the media, there are many cases where government and media have been silent. Many individuals appear to be in pre-charge detention and others have been charged and refused bail while awaiting trial. In addition, we are concerned to note that charges under these laws have continued to be filed in the past few weeks.

 

Statistics from the Office of the Attorney General last year show the number of new lese majeste cases received by prosecutors have doubled since 2005; statistics from the Office of the Judiciary

show a much more dramatic increase.

 

We are very concerned that explicitly political cases are continuing to be processed. For example, Mr. Somyos Preuksakasemsuk was detained for 84 days before formal charges were recently filed. In this case, much like in the case against Prachatai webmaster Ms. Chiranuch Premchaiporn, Mr. Somyos is being prosecuted not for anything he said or did himself, but on the basis of someone else’s writing in a publication he edited. In the case of U.S. citizen Joe

Gordon, he too was held for 84 days before the recent filing of formal charges. The Criminal Court has repeatedly denied bail requests for Mr. Somyos and Mr. Gordon.

 

Recent statements and petitions by academics and writers in Thailand and the U.S. Embassy statement on Mr. Gordon’s case reflect mounting domestic and international concern regarding

these kinds of cases.

 

Detention and intimidation of other citizens, is symptomatic of a broader set of practices which threaten human rights and the future of democracy in Thailand. We take this opportunity to respectfully request that you:

 

1) undertake a thorough review of all arrests and prosecutions of Article 112 and the 2007 Computer Crimes Act, and related provisions;

 

2) initiate procedures that would grant bail to those currently incarcerated under Article 112 and the 2007 Computer Crimes Act so that they are able to adequately prepare legal defenses; and

 

3) review Article 112 and the 2007 Computer Crimes Act, and related provisions, and establish mechanisms that eliminate the political abuse of these laws.

 

Respectfully yours,

 

Adadol Ingawanij, Senior Research Fellow, University of Westminster, United Kingdom

Dennis Altman, Professor, LaTrobe University, Australia

Dennis Arnold, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, U.S.A.

Aileen S.P. Baviera, Professor, University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines

Peter F. Bell, Emeritus Professor, State University of New York, U.S.A.

Katherine Bowie, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A.

Shaun Breslin, Professor, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Andrew Brown, Lecturer, University of New England, Australia

Joseph A. Camilleri, Professor, La Trobe University, Australia

Toby Carroll, Senior Research Fellow, National University of Singapore, Singapore

William Case, Professor, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Dae-oup Chang, Senior Lecturer, School of Oriental and African Studies, United Kingdom

Noam Chomsky, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S.A.

John Clark, Professor, University of Sydney, Australia

Peter A. Coclanis, Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, U.S.A.

Michael Connors, Associate Professor, LaTrobe University, Australia

Vicki Crinis, Research Fellow, University of Wollongong, Australia

Thomas Davis, Lecturer, University of Melbourne, Australia

Heather D’Cruz, Adjunct Research Associate, Curtin University, Australia

Richard F. Doner, Professor, Emory University, U.S.A.

Jamie Doucette, Lecturer, University of British Columbia, Canada

Bjoern Dressel, Research Fellow, Griffith University, Australia

Mark Driscoll, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, U.S.A.

John S. Dryzek, Professor, Australian National University, Australia

Nancy Eberhardt, Professor, Knox College, U.S.A.

Grant Evans, Fellow, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Nicholas Farrelly, Research Fellow, Australian National University, Australia

Federico Ferrara, Assistant Professor, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Robert Fisher, Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney, Australia

David Fullbrook, Graduate student, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Arnika Fuhrmann, Research Scholar, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Paul Gellert, Associate Professor, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, U.S.A.

Kristi Giselsson, Research Associate, University of Tasmania, Australia

Jim Glassman, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, Canada

Mikael Gravers, Associate Professor, Aarhus University, Denmark

Geoffrey C. Gunn, Professor, Nagasaki University, Japan

Tyrell Haberkorn, Research Fellow, Australian National University, Australia

Vedi Hadiz, Professor, Murdoch University, Australia

Shahar Hameiri, Postdoctoral Fellow, Murdoch University, Australia

Annette Hamilton, Professor, University of New South Wales, Australia

Adam Hanieh, Lecturer, School of Oriental and African Studies, United Kingdom

Eva Hansson, Senior Lecturer, Stockholm University, Sweden

Rachel Harrison, Reader, School of Oriental and African Studies, United Kingdom

Paul Healy, Senior Lecturer, University of New England, Australia

Steve Heder, Lecturer, School of Oriental and African Studies, United Kingdom

Michael Herzfeld, Professor, Harvard University, U.S.A.

Kevin Hewison, Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, U.S.A.

Allen Hicken, Associate Professor, University of Michigan, U.S.A.

C.J. Hinke, Independent scholar, Freedom Against Censorship Thailand, Thailand

Philip Hirsch, Professor, University of Sydney, Australia

Thomas Hoy, Lecturer, Thammasat University, Thailand

Caroline Hughes, Associate Professor, Murdoch University, Australia

Paul D. Hutchcroft, Professor, Australian National University, Australia

Feyzi Ismail, Doctoral candidate, School of Oriental and African Studies, United Kingdom

Søren Ivarsson, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Kanishka Jayasuriya, Professor, University of Adelaide, Australia

Lee Jones, Lecturer, Queen Mary College, United Kingdom

Patrick Jory, Senior Lecturer, University of Queensland, Australia

Arne L. Kalleberg, Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, U.S.A.

Charles Keyes, Professor Emeritus, University of Washington, U.S.A.

Damien Kingsbury, Professor, Deakin University, Australia

H. Ruediger Korff, Professor, University of Passau, Germany

John Langer, Honorary Fellow, Victoria University, Australia

Tomas Larsson, Lecturer, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Laurids Sandager Lauridsen, Professor, Roskilde University, Denmark

Peter Leyland, Professor, London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom

Samson Lim, Doctoral candidate, Cornell University, U.S.A.

Peter Limqueco, Co-editor, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Philippines

Robert Manne, Professor, La Trobe University, Australia

Thomas Marois, Lecturer, School of Oriental and African Studies, United Kingdom

Mary Beth Mills, Professor, Colby College, U.S.A.

Daniel Bertrand Monk, Professor, Colgate University, U.S.A.

Michael Montesano, Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore

Paolo Novak, Lecturer, School of Oriental and African Studies, United Kingdom

Chris Nyland, Professor, Monash University, Australia

Rene Ofreneo, Professor, University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines

Pavin Chachavalpongpun, Fellow, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore

John Pickles, Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, U.S.A.

Piya Pangsapa, Senior Lecturer, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago

Pongphisoot Busbarat, Research Associate, Australian National University, Australia

Poowin Bunyavejchewin, Graduate student, University of Hull, United Kingdom

Prajak Kongkirati, Doctoral candidate, Australian National University, Australia

Preedee Hongsaton, Doctoral candidate, Australian National University, Australia

Rajah Rasiah, Professor, University of Malaya, Malaysia

Craig J. Reynolds, Professor, Australian National University, Australia

David Rezvani, Visiting Assistant Professor, Trinity College, U.S.A.

Garry Rodan, Professor, Murdoch University, Australia

Eric Sheppard, Professor, University of Minnesota, U.S.A.

elin o’Hara slavick, Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, U.S.A.

Johannes Dragsbaek Schmidt, Associate Professor, Aalborg University, Denmark

Gavin Shatkin, Associate Professor, University of Michigan, U.S.A.

Mark Smith, Senior Lecturer, The Open University, United Kingdom

Claudio Sopranzetti, Doctoral candidate, Harvard University, U.S.A.

Andrew Spooner, Doctoral candidate, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom

Irene Stengs, Senior Researcher, Meertens Institute, The Netherlands

Geoffrey Stokes, Professor, Deakin University, Australia

David Streckfuss, Independent scholar, Thailand

Janet Sturgeon, Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Donald K. Swearer, Emeritus Professor, Swarthmore College, U.S.A.

Eduardo Climaco Tadem, Professor, University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines

Teresa S. Encarnacion Tadem, Professor, University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines

Michelle Tan, Independent Scholar, U.S.A.

Nicholas Tapp, Professor Emeritus, Australian National University, Australia

Thongchai Winichakul, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A.

Robert Tierney, Lecturer, Charles Sturt University, Australia

Serhat Uenaldi, Doctoral candidate, Humboldt-University of Berlin, Germany

Andrew Vandenberg, Senior Lecturer, Deakin University, Australia

Joel Wainwright, Assistant Professor, Ohio State University, U.S.A.

Andrew Walker, Senior Fellow, Australian National University, Australia

Meredith Weiss, Associate Professor, University at Albany, SUNY, U.S.A.

Marion Werner, Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo, U.S.A.

Ingrid Wijeyewardene, Lecturer, University of New England, Australia

Dear all

 

Warm greetings!

 

On the 30th April of this year Somyot Pruksakasemsuk was arrested  for the second time under the Lese Majeste Law/charge.

 

His bail applications were denied by the court for twice last week. It seems that he may stay in prison till his case/trial is completed. This is a great violations of human rights for anyone before proven to be guilty, they shall enjoy the right to be bail out.

 

(Note: About Somyot’s case: http://trinleychodron.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/somyot-preuksaka)

 

The international community from the social and labour movement has set up a global cooperation and joint campaign for Free Somyot. Free Somyot campaign is officially launched on the 15 June 2011.

 

Please read here:

A cross border international effort has set up  to launch and start the campaign to “free Somyot” on the 15 June 2011.

This is the official site of the campaign. you  can stay in touch with all the happenings of Somyot’s case and the actions  from the international and  inside Thailand. You may receive Somyot;s letters from prison from time to time .

About Somyot: He is amongst 100s of politically active people in Thailand who have been detained under Article 112, the lese-majeste law, in the run up to the Thai elections in July. For more information go to this website, http://www.freesomyot.wordpress.com/

http://freesomyot.wordpress.com/2011/06/15/launching-the-campaign/

 

2, A face book page has  launched . so you may share your views directly. Click and join this FB page:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Free-Somyot/122999694453000

 

 3. International actions continue:

The protest actions in front of Thai embassy in Denmark;

Read  here: Copenhagen Clean Clothes Campaign action!

http://freesomyot.wordpress.com/2011/06/15/copenhagen-clean-clothes-campaign-action/

o

http://www.cleanclothes.org/news/further-action-for-somyot

–         Australia and Asia Workers Link appeal for supporting Free Somyot campaign and write letter to Somyot

–         http://mapping.aawl.org.au/content/write-somyot

 

 4,  Free Somyot Campaign calling for your solidarity actions;

What you can do:

We are asking you to do two things.

The first is to submit a letter of protest to the Thai Prime Minister and to the Thai Embassy in your country. To do this go to http://freesomyot.wordpress.com/letter-to-thai-prime-minister/

 

The second request is to send Somyot a book or some creative product, in his capacity as the Librarian of Bangkok Prison (yes, seriously, he is the librarian!). You can do this either by post to: The Librarian, Somyot Pruksakasemsuk, Bangkok Remand Prison, 33 Ngamvongvan Road, Ladyao, Jatujak, Bangkok 10900  or electronically to thelibrarianofbangkokprison@yahoo.co.uk

 

Your action will help to keep international attention on Somyot and the other activists which raises both their safety and their chances of release.

Read: http://freesomyot.wordpress.com/2011/06/15/launching-the-campaign/

 

–         There is a new video clip that is produced by one of the victim of the Lese Majeste Law. The clip produced by Pruay Salty Head

This is an interesting short video clip on Lese Majeste Law and why it has to be abolish!!

–         http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYqZjfZkjZo

 

 

Many  thanks for your kind attention and solidarity

From

-Malaysia Support Group for Democracy in Thailand –

 

SUPPORT:

-“Free Somyot Campaign”

 

Wish you well and happy always,

Siew Hwa

李书华

An Open Letter on Lese Majeste Law in Thailand:

To:

Ambassadors of Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark,

France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand,

Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United

States of America, and Head of Delegation of the European Union.

 

June 10, 2011

Dear Mr/Madam Ambassadors,

This letter is an appeal on behalf of the people in Thailand who have been suffering from the suppressive and violent measures imposed by the upper social, military and judiciary echelons. In addition to state-military brutality which resulted in 92 deaths and thousands injured during April-May 2010, the ruling regime continues to instill fear, harass and arrest people simply because their writing and speech are seen as detrimental to the interests of these elites and their political position.

In their obvious contempt for the value of human life and peace, the ruling regime has shown little regard for constitutional freedoms, judicial fairness in decision-making and in human rights. Some public voices have been raised against the arrests of academics and well-known people, but many more cases involve ordinary people who do not have the privilege to receive domestic and international attention to their plight.

Seemingly, putting people behind bars for spurious reasons is carried out in the name of law. But the legal action in fact serves either as a pretext to intimidate people into submission or as a disguised device of authoritarian politics. In the name of lèse-majesté law (Section 112 of the criminal code) and of the Computer Crime Act of 2007 together with some other criminal charges, basic human rights as well as the fundamental codes of decency have been abused and violated the rights of the general public. Since the 2006 coup, there has been an unprecedented increase in the number of lèse-majesté cases.

The number has jumped from an average of less than five cases per year prior to the coup on the 16 September 2006 to 126 in 2007 to more than 220 people at the present time – the highest ever since the law came into force.

The intimidation of academics, social activists, as well as countless ordinarycitizens, is symptomatic of a broader set of despotic practices which gravely threaten the exercise of rights and the future of democracy in Thailand. Based on such deteriorating situation, we would humbly ask Your Excellency to support our concerns and relay the attached information to your democratic governments.

In order to prevent further abuses of human rights and damage to the international reputation of Thailand, we request that your government send an urgent appeal to the Thai Government as follows:

1.      The reform of the lèse-majesté law.

2.      Pending the reform, the Thai Government is morally obliged to suspend for the time being the use of the current lèse-majesté law and the Computer Act in connection to the lèse-majesté charge.

3.      The Thai Government must take action to withdraw the current lèse-majesté charges against ordinary people and political opposition, and work to secure the immediate release of those already convicted in a secret court hearing under the lèse-majesté law.

We, the undersigned, sincerely hope that your country with its utmost respect for democracy, human rights, freedom and integrity, will try every possible means to help stop the further violation of human rights and encourage the return of the democratic process and liberty in Thailand.

Yours sincerely,

The Santiprachadham Network

Nitirassadorn (Enlightened Jurists www.enlightened-jurists.com)

Apichart Satitniramai, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof.     Faculty of Economics, Thammasat University

Charnvit Kasetsiri, Ph.D., Former Rector of Thammasat University

Chaiyan Rajchagool, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof., Institute for Religion, Culture and Peace, Payap University

David Streckfuss, Ph.D., The CIEE Research and Development Institute, Khon Kaen University

Kasem Phenpinant, Ph.D., Asst. Prof., Department of Philosophy, Chulalongkorn University

Krittiya Archawanitkul, Ph.D., Assoc.Prof.   Institute for Population and Social Studies, Mahidol University

Niti Pawakapan, Ph.D., Asst Prof., Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University

Prajak Kongkirati, Lecturer, Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University

Pinkaew Luengaramsri, Ph.D., Faculty of Social Science, Chiangmai University

Puangthong Pawakapan, Ph.D., Asst. Prof.   Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University

Saksinee Emasiri Thanakulmas, Researcher, Project for the Estabishment of thInstitute for Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University

Sriprapha Petcharasmesree, Ph.D., Center of Human Rights Studies and Social Development, Madidol University

Thanet Apornsuwan, Ph.D., Professor, Pridi Banomyong International College, Thammasat University

Thongchai Winichakul, Ph.D., Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ubonrat Siriyuvasak, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof., Professor Emeritus Chulalongkorn University, Independent academic

Viengrat Nethipo, Asst. Prof., Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University

Yukti Mukdawichit, Ph.D., Asst. Prof., Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology, Thammasat University

 

Coordinator: Mr. Pokpong Lawansiri pokpongl@gmail.com

จดหมายเปิดผนึกถึงเพื่อนนักเขียนไทยทั่วประเทศ

เรื่อง: ขอเชิญร่วมลงชื่อในการเรียกร้องให้มีการแก้ไขมาตรา 112 และยุติการใช้ข้อกล่าวหาหมิ่นพระบรมเดชานุภาพปิดกั้นการแสดงออกและแสดงความคิดเห็นทางการเมือง

http://www.thaipoetsociety.com/index.php?topic=3668.0

 

เพื่อนนักเขียนทุกท่าน เรา – นักเขียนผู้มีรายชื่อในท้ายจดหมายฉบับนี้ เชื่อว่าท่านคงเห็นด้วยว่า เสรีภาพในการแสดงออกและแสดงความคิดเห็น คือหัวใจสำคัญของการเป็นนักเขียนในสังคมประชาธิปไตย ไม่ว่าจะเป็นงานเขียนประเภทใด ไม่ว่าจะเป็นนักเขียนผู้ทำงานเขียนเพื่อเลี้ยงชีพ หรือเป็นนักเขียนผู้ผลิต “งานสร้างสรรค์” ไม่ว่าจะเป็นนักเขียนผู้มีอุดมการณ์ ศรัทธา และความเชื่อส่วนตัวเช่นไร เสรีภาพในการแสดงออกและแสดงความคิดเห็น ถือเป็นพื้นฐานสำคัญเบื้องต้นที่เอื้อให้นักเขียนทุกคนทุกแขนงในสังคม ได้มีพื้นที่ มีอิสรภาพ และมีโอกาสในการพัฒนาทั้งคุณภาพผลงานและทั้งคุณภาพชีวิตความเป็นอยู่โดยเท่าเทียมกัน

 

เมื่อใดก็ตามที่เสรีภาพในการแสดงออกและแสดงความคิดเห็นตกอยู่ในสภาวะบอบบาง อ่อนแอ และสั่นคลอน สถานภาพของการเป็นนักเขียนในสังคมประชาธิปไตยย่อมตกอยู่ในสภาวะบอบบาง อ่อนแอ และสั่นคลอนไปด้วย ผลกระทบเบื้องต้น คือการหยุดชะงักของโอกาสในการพัฒนาความรู้ ความคิด และการสร้างสรรค์งานเขียน เนื่องเพราะถูกจำกัดขอบเขตการแสดงออกและการสานต่อทางปัญญา ผลกระทบขั้นรุนแรงกว่าคือการต้องใช้ชีวิตและทำงานภายใต้บรรยากาศอันมืดมิด ภายใต้ความหวั่นวิตกถึงการสูญเสียสิทธิ สูญเสียอิสรภาพอย่างไม่เป็นธรรม และหวาดกลัวต่ออันตรายที่อาจเกิดกับตนเองและครอบครัว

 

สังคมไทยขณะนี้ มีการนำกฎหมายอาญามาตรา 112 มาใช้เป็นเครื่องมือทางการเมือง โดยคนหลายกลุ่มหลายฝ่าย มีการใช้มาตราดังกล่าวในการข่มขู่คุกคาม กระทั่งฟ้องร้องดำเนินคดี คุมขังและริดรอนอิสรภาพของประชาชนผู้ถูกกล่าวหาจำนวนมาก ทำให้เห็นว่าสังคมไทยกำลังก้าวล่วงสู่สภาวการณ์ที่เสรีภาพในการแสดงออกและแสดงความคิดเห็นถูกคุกคามอย่างอยุติธรรมมากยิ่งขึ้นเรื่อยๆ นอกเหนือไปจากความกังวลในฐานะประชาชนที่อาจต้องเผชิญกับการคุกคาม เราในฐานะนักเขียน ย่อมมิอาจนิ่งดูดายและปล่อยให้หัวใจสำคัญของการเป็นนักเขียนและการทำงานเขียนภายใต้สังคมประชาธิปไตย ต้องตกอยู่ในวิกฤตเช่นนี้

 

ข้อความสั้น ๆ ของกฎหมายอาญามาตรา 112 ที่กล่าวว่า: “ผู้ใดหมิ่นประมาท ดูหมิ่น หรือแสดงความอาฆาตมาดร้ายพระมหากษัตริย์ พระราชินี รัชทายาท หรือผู้สำเร็จราชการแทนพระองค์ ต้องระวางโทษจำคุกตั้งแต่สามปีถึงสิบห้าปี” ได้ถูกนำมากล่าวอ้างกล่าวหาเพื่อประโยชน์ทางการเมือง เพื่อข่มขู่ ฟ้องร้อง และคุมขังประชาชน หลายครั้งเป็นการตีความกฎหมายโดยกว้าง เช่น แม้แต่การไม่ยืนถวายพระพรเมื่อมีการเปิดเพลงสรรเสริญพระบารมีก็กลายเป็นความผิดฐานดูหมิ่นได้ นอกจากนั้น กระบวนการบังคับใช้กฎหมายมาตรานี้ ยังได้ฉวยใช้ความรู้สึกต่อองค์พระมหากษัตริย์ของคนทั่วไป มารวบรัดขั้นตอนการดำเนินคดี ไม่ดำเนินคดีตามกระบวนการที่ถูกต้องเหมาะสมตามกฎหมาย หากแต่เป็นการดำเนินคดีตามอำเภอใจ เช่นสั่งให้มีการไต่สวนโดยปิดลับ และห้ามสื่อมวลชนทำข่าวจนกระทั่งบัดนี้ แม้แต่สื่อมวลชนและนักวิชาการที่เป็นอาจารย์มหาวิทยาลัยของรัฐบาล ซึ่งอภิปรายเรื่องการเมืองที่เกี่ยวเนื่องกับสถาบันกษัตริย์อย่างเป็นวิชาการ ยังถูกฟ้องร้องดำเนินคดีด้วยกฎหมายมาตรา 112 เช่นกัน

 

หลายกรณีที่เกิดขึ้น เราไม่สามารถเข้าใจได้ว่าเป็นการ “หมิ่นประมาท ดูหมิ่น หรือแสดงความอาฆาตมาดร้าย” อย่างไร นอกจากเป็นเพียงแต่การพยายามนำเสนอแนวคิดเกี่ยวกับสถาบันกษัตริย์ด้วยเหตุผลและข้อมูลทางประวัติศาสตร์อย่างตรงไปตรงมา ด้วยกิริยาและวาจาที่อยู่บนมาตรฐานของมนุษย์ผู้มีอารยธรรม อีกทั้งยังเป็นการแสดงทัศนะที่เกิดจากเจตนารมณ์อันดีต่อสถาบันกษัตริย์และสังคมไทย เป็นการนำเสนอแนวทางที่จะสร้างความมั่นคงยั่งยืนให้กับสถาบันกษัตริย์ในระยะยาว มิได้ลบหลู่ล่วงเกิน หรือต้องการ “ล้ม” สถาบันแต่ประการใด

 

บรรยากาศของความหวาดกลัวที่เกิดขึ้นในสังคม และพฤติกรรมคุกคามโดยคนบางกลุ่ม เช่น ทหารไทยที่ออกมาตบเท้าข่มขู่ประชาชนและฟ้องร้องนักวิชาการ ตอกย้ำให้เราตระหนักว่า ถึงเวลาแล้วที่สังคมต้องนำกฎหมายอาญามาตรา 112 มาเป็นประเด็นทบทวนพิจารณาปรับปรุงแก้ไขอย่างจริงจัง เพื่อป้องกันมิให้เสรีภาพในการแสดงออกและแสดงความคิดเห็นของประชาชนถดถอยล้าหลัง ก้าวย่างไปสู่ยุคมืด หรือถูกทำลายลงโดยสิ้นเชิงในที่สุด

 

ถึงเวลาแล้วที่สังคมไทยต้องแยกแยะ “การล้มสถาบัน” ออกจากการอภิปรายเพื่อนำไปสู่เสถียรภาพทางสังคมในระยะยาว และการปกป้องเสรีภาพในการแสดงออกและแสดงความคิดของประชาชน ภายใต้การปกครองระบอบประชาธิปไตยอันมีพระมหากษัตริย์ทรงเป็นประมุข

 

ในฐานะประชาชนชาวไทยผู้มีความเป็นห่วงและกังวลต่อสภาวการณ์บ้านเมืองภายใต้บรรยากาศของความหวาดกลัว และในฐานะนักเขียนไทยผู้หวงแหนเสรีภาพในการแสดงออกและแสดงความคิดเห็น เราต้องการเรียกร้องให้มีการปรับปรุงแก้ไขกฎหมายอาญามาตรา 112 โดยเร็วที่สุด และสนับสนุนการนำแนวทางที่ปัญญาชนบางกลุ่มบางท่าน (เช่น กลุ่มนิติราษฎร์ อาจารย์สมศักดิ์ เจียมธีรสกุล และกลุ่มอื่นๆ) ได้เสนอแนะไว้ในหลายวาระ ขึ้นมาพิจารณาประกอบกัน เพื่อนำไปสู่บทสรุปที่เป็นธรรมและก่อให้เกิดประโยชน์สูงสุดแก่สังคมไทย

 

นอกจากนี้ เราต้องการเรียกร้องให้ผู้ใช้สถาบันกษัตริย์เป็นข้ออ้างในการแสดงบทบาทและวางอำนาจทางการเมือง เช่น ทหาร ได้ยุติพฤติกรรมดังกล่าว และปรับปรุงเปลี่ยนแปลงตนเอง หากความสงบสุข ความสามัคคี และความเป็นธรรม คือสิ่งที่ท่านต้องการให้เกิดขึ้นอย่างบริสุทธิ์ใจ

 

ในสังคมประชาธิปไตยที่ประกอบด้วยความแตกต่างหลากหลาย การเรียนรู้และแลกเปลี่ยนความเชื่อและความคิดเห็นที่แตกต่าง คือกระบวนการที่ช่วยให้เกิดความมั่นคงในการอยู่ร่วมกัน และช่วยบรรเทาความรุนแรงของความขัดแย้งที่สามารถบังเกิดตามธรรมชาติของสังคม การประนีประนอมนั้นมิได้เกิดจากความกลัว หากแต่เกิดจากการฝากความหวังไว้กับการเรียนรู้ของประชาชน และฝากความเชื่อมั่นไว้กับสิทธิมนุษยชนและเสรีภาพขั้นพื้นฐานของประชาชน หากเสรีภาพในการแสดงออกและแสดงความคิดเห็นของประชาชนถูกคุกคามและสั่นคลอน ความเชื่อมั่นที่ประชาชนมีต่อระบอบประชาธิปไตยและต่อประเทศของตน ย่อมสั่นคลอนเสื่อมถอยอย่างไม่ต้องสงสัย

 

เพื่อนนักเขียนที่เคารพทุกท่าน เรา – นักเขียนผู้มีรายนามในท้ายจดหมายนี้ ต้องการเรียกร้องให้มีการทบทวน ปรับปรุง แก้ไขกฎหมายอาญามาตรา 112 เพื่อความมั่นคงของประชาธิปไตย เพื่อความเป็นธรรมในสังคม เพื่อความยืนยงของสถาบันกษัตริย์ และเพื่ออนาคตของประเทศชาติ

 

เรา – นักเขียนผู้มีนามต่อท้ายจดหมายฉบับนี้ มั่นใจว่าเพื่อนนักเขียนทุกท่านตระหนักถึงความสำคัญของเสรีภาพในการแสดงออกและแสดงความคิดเห็น และหากท่านเห็นด้วยกับข้อเรียกร้อง เห็นด้วยว่าต้องยุติการใช้ข้อกล่าวหาหมิ่นพระบรมเดชานุภาพมาเป็นเครื่องมือทางการเมือง เราขอเรียนเชิญให้ท่านร่วมแสดงออกกับเราในครั้งนี้ ด้วยการลงชื่อสนับสนุนข้อเรียกร้องดังกล่าวในฐานะนักเขียน เราย้ำว่าเสียงของท่านมีความสำคัญกับผู้ที่กำลังถูกดำเนินคดีอย่างไม่ยุติธรรมทุกคน ทั้งในอดีต และในอนาคต เราขอให้ท่านสละเวลาลงชื่อเพื่อร่วมเรียกร้องด้วยกันกับเรา ตามช่องทางที่ระบุไว้ท้ายจดหมายฉบับนี้

 

 

19 พฤษภาคม 2554

 

บินหลา สันกาลาคีรี

ปราบดา หยุ่น

ดวงฤทัย เอสะนาชาตัง

ซะการีย์ยา อมตยา

กิตติพล สรัคคานนท์

วรพจน์ พันธุ์พงศ์

วาด รวี

 

หมายเหตุ – ท่านสามารถติดต่อลงชื่อได้ตามช่องทางดังต่อไปนี้

1. ติดต่อกับเจ้าภาพทั้งแปดโดยตรง

2. อีเมล thaiwriteranti112@rocketmail.com

3. www.thaipoetsociety.com กระทู้นี้

4. แฟกซ์: ถึง วาด รวี ที่เบอร์ 02 439 3536

5. จดหมาย: วารสารหนังสือใต้ดิน 825/666 หมู่ 1 ประชาอุทิศ ทุ่งครุ กรุงเทพฯ 10140

6. facebook: UndergroundBuleteen Thailand

 

บันทึกการเข้

recycled.gif   Re: จดหมายเปิดผนึก: ขอเชิญร่วมลงนามเรื่องมาตรา 112

« ตอบ #1 เมื่อ: พฤษภาคม 19, 2011, 03:18:23 pm » โดย wad rawee

อัพเดตรายชื่อผู้ร่วมลงนาม Read the rest of this entry »

%d bloggers like this: