Archive for May, 2011

Video Interviews : Somyot Pruksakasems ‘s express the need of guinea democracy, equality and freedom to be in place in Thailand!!

May 10, 2011


Please find these video interview of Somyot Pruksakasemsu from Ratchaprasong News in the 26 Jan 2011,

In this Interviews, he had shared his views about political history changes in Thailand far back to the year 1932. Also, the change of the country from the absolute monarchy system to constitutional monarchy system in June 24, 1932 (read more)

The event of year 1947 had subsequently changed the political landscape of Thailand, the return of military strong intervention in the Thai history till today. The deteriotion of the stare of democracy is even worsening after the conservatives and the military coup after September 19, 2006.

Therefore, he stressed the need of true democracy, equality and freedom to be in place in Thailand

Here, you may listen the detail of Somyot’s view of why Thailand need a guinea democracy,equality and freedom !

Source: Ratchaprasong News

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Part 1: June 24th Democracy Group Somyot Pruksakasemsuk Interview
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10KnDhCOipQ

Part 2: June 24th Democracy Group Somyot Pruksakasemsuk Interview:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HADWNLLfEtY

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Growing international support call for release of Somyot and repeal of 112/Lese Majeste Law! Sample protest letters: SEND NOW!

May 10, 2011

There is Growing international support from the global labour and social movement to support the release of Somyot Pruksakasemsuk and call for release of all political prisoners, stop using the 112 to suppress pro democracy activists and repeal of 112

You may retrieve all the protest letters that had sent which sent to the Thai government/ related news since 1 May 2011

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International solidarity to release Somyot : Archive


CALL UPON CONTINUE SOLIDARITY!

Again, We again call upon you to continue to lend your strong solidarity to send your protest /concern letter to Thai government till Somyot and all the Lese Majeste Law political prisoners to be released:

You may use the sample letters here:

Sample 1:


Sample 2:

Please send to: Prime Minister Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva
c/o Government House
Pitsanulok Road, Dusit District
Bangkok 10300
Thailand
Fax: + 662 282 8631/280 1589/629 8213
Tel. + 662 280 1404/3000
Email: abhisit@abhisit.org, public@democrat.or.th ,
publicchearing@opm.go.th,
soc@soc.go.th

PS: please BCC to trinleychodron@gmail.com

Sample letter : Appeal for release of Somyot Pruksakasemsuk!

May 8, 2011

SAMPLE LETTER:SEND NOW!

Dear all

There are many solidarity messages posted for the release of Somyot and all the political prisoners in Thailand lately in this blog.

Therefore, we urge you to refer to the sample letter here . You may send this letter to the Thai government fexpressing your protest/concern for the arrest of the Somyot Preuksakasemsuk. Also, to call for his immediate unconditional release!

You may make any necessary Changes.
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Here is the sample letter:

please BCC to
trinleychodron@gmail.com

Again deepest appreciation for your solidarity to support the cause of democracy and human rights in Thailand.

We call for release of all political prisoners!

Trinley Chodron
8 May 2011

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Date:

Prime Minister Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva
c/o Government House
Pitsanulok Road, Dusit District
Bangkok 10300
Thailand
Fax: + 662 282 8631/280 1589/629 8213
Tel. + 662 280 1404/3000
Email: abhisit@abhisit.org, public@democrat.or.th ,
publicchearing@opm.go.th,
soc@soc.go.th

Your Excellency Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva,

We in the international Community are shocked to hear news of the re-arrest of Somyot Pruksakasemsuk and are very concerned for his safety in the prison.

I write to ask you for the immediate release of Somyot Pruksakasemsuk who was arrested on 30th April 2011 and is currently being held at Klong Prem Central Prison, in Bangkok.

We know Somyot Pruksakasemsuk through his work for the international trade union movement and we have been active in the campaign in 2010 to release him from Adisorn Army base in Saraburi. We have come to know him as a loyal Thai citizen who is strongly committed to Human Rights in his role as an independent journalist and academic promoting freedom of speech.

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. He also was not aware that any arrest warrant had previously been issued and strongly denies any claim that he resisted arrest.

We were informed by Somyot Pruksakasemsuk from a letter written by him in prison on 2 May 2011. He believes that his arrest was due to the effort by him and other pro democracy activists to collect the 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 procedure prescribed by the 2007 Constitution.

We are concerned about the current state of human rights and democracy in Thailand, where even peaceful and legal methods to express one’s views are suppressed and denied.

We believe that the country should move towards a genuine reconciliation in good faith and intention from all sides. Therefore any dissident voice should not be brutally suppressed, particularly prior to a national election. The arrest of Somyot for his peaceful activity will deter this process.

We further understand that the Criminal Court agreed with the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to extend the detention of Somyot for another twelve days, something we believe to be an unacceptable abuse of Somyot’s human rights. Please urgently respond to this request for the immediate release of Somyot to allow him to organise his response to the charges against him.

Yours faithfully

Name:
Organisation/Position:

INFOMATION GUIDE: WHAT IS ARTICLE 112/LESE MAJESTE LAW/ WHY ITS AGAINST THE BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS/CITIZEN RIGHTS/ CURRENT CAMPAIGNS

May 6, 2011

Dear all,

Please read crucial information about what is the campaign related to Article 112 criminal code of Thailand or Lese Majeste Law.? How its against the principle of human rights?

WHY there are campaigns of calling repeal or amendments the article 112/Lese Majeste Law inside Thailand now?

There is a campaign launched by group of law lectures from Thammasat Unviersty, , Thailand on the 27b March 2011. Nitirassadorn is the name of the group A group calling for the amendment of the law.

There is also another group that led by Somyot — and other pro democracy forces who wish to collect 10,000 signatures to be table in Parliament for repeal of the article 112. The group name is: 24th June Democracy group, (read here about them)

Read more about their struggle

Here are crucial URL links that explain:
1. why there is a need of awareness campaign on article 112 or Lese Majeste Law in Thailand? The aim of this campaign

2. the proposed amendment of the article 112/Lese Majeste law by this group

3. the current campaign – petition online launched to gather the Thai citizens and international community supports for opposing violations to citizen’s rights and freedom through the uses of “lese majeste” law (With the latest case of the arrest of Mr. Somyod)

INFORMATION GUIDES:
A) Article 112: Thai Lese Majeste Law Awareness Campaign

(Article 112 Awareness Campaign)
Read here for detail

B) The proposal for amendment

Proposed amendments to the law on defamation of the King, the Queen, the Heir-apparent and the Regent

Fri, 22/04/2011 – 11:35 | by prachatai

Nitirassadorn

Read here for detail:

C) .SINGN Petition online: LAUNCHED BY Nitirassadorn
Read detail here:

Call Upon International Community for Oppose violations to citizen’s rights and freedom of throught by the uses of “lese majeste” law (With the latest case of the arrest of Mr. Somyot Preuksakasemsuk)

May 5, 2011


ACT NOW! SIGN ONLINE PETITION!

Dear all

Here is the online petition for anyone who support the basic human rights of freedom of expression and thoughts. The Session 112 or Lese Majeste Law has been used against these basic human rights in Thailand.

This LWL had been used also towards many dissidents and being used for political tool to suppress the democracy movement in Thailand now.

There are many pro democracy struggle activists ranging from Red shirts UDD leaders, academic, journalists, activists and common civilians are being charged, arrested and in prisons by this LML/ Article 112 of the Criminal Code / The law allow for at least 3 years to 15 years imprisonment and the trial is being con ducted as close door.

Besides, this law by itself has many vague clauses that allow for misued by power to be to suppress any dissecting g voices.

As what Somyot mentioned in his letter from prison, 2 May 2011:

“The content of Section 112 is vague and contains gaps that have been exploited by corrupt people to suppress others. In a society on the verge of conflict, my arrest this time is tantamount to placing the monarchy in direct confrontation with the people.

Previously, several core leaders of the Red Shirts were accused of committing lèse majesté, and community radio stations have been shut down and websites blocked to prevent people from getting information. It has culminated in getting me arrested and this unjust legal action that ensues.

Thus, I am just a victim of abuse of the law, a victim in a political game in the fierce battle between the democratic movement and the dictatorship which may come through elections.”

    The latest victim of this dacronian law is Somyos Preuksakasemsuk

– long time labour activist , pro democracy activist, independent journalist who struggle for guinea democracy and human rights in Thailand.

Read here:

Letter from Prison: : omyot Prueksakasemsuk’ s full note/letter from prison, 2 May 2011 ,Bangkok,Thailand

Information about his arrest:
“Without freedom, humans are not human- I shall fight for freedom until my last breath”- Somyot Pruksakasemsuk from Holding cell, Crime Suppression Division, Bangkok 8.30 am, May 2, 2011

Proposed amendments to the law on defamation of the King, the Queen, the Heir-apparent and the Regent


Please lend your support to sign this online petition and forward to others in order in solidarity for the call of defending human rights and democracy in Thailand. Your strong support will help to end this violation and also eventually the release of all these victims- the political prisoners in Thailand.



Sign here:

Somyot Prueksakasemsuk’ s full note/letter from prison, 2 May 2011 ,Bangkok,Thailand

May 3, 2011

This letter was written by Somyot Prueksakasemsuk from the prison. It was translated into English and posted in the : Prachathai news:

Here is the full text of Somyot;s letter from prison

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A Victim of Injustice
2 May 2011
Somyos Preuksakasemsuk

Here I sit in a cell behind the tight iron bars, or a “jail”. All my freedom lost, I am held in custody just by myself and am barred from communicating with the world. It causes me unprecedented and deepest grievance, physically and mentally.

If I were a criminal or a murderer who had caused someone to die, or had stolen from others, or had committed a grave immoral act, then I would have deserved such a punishment, as I had committed an offense or had caused trouble to others.

But I have simply been performing my role as a media person expressing my views independently, spreading the truth, and criticizing society and politics, as much as my basic freedom allows. I have utilized my profession as a journalist independently hoping to help advance our society and promote equality and to help my people attain well-being.

I just perform my role as a medium to help people to express their views that are useful for society without fear, or without having to hide their thoughts.

As a result of carrying out my duty and the pursuance of my career with a free spirit and human dignity, I am accused and incarcerated and have to endure suffering.

There are many other people who have become victims of the use of brute force, narrow-mindedness, and selfishness simply to protect someone’s power and privilege.

The suffering and pain inflicted on me this time do not stem from just being deprived of my freedom. But the pains and frustration derive from realizing how the law has been abused and applied unfairly against me and how the truth has been twisted in the most disgusting manner, including the denial of my request for temporary release simply because of the concern that I might flee abroad.

Prior to my arrest, it was not at all known to me that an arrest warrant had been issued on a charge of defaming, insulting and threatening the King, the Queen, the Heir Apparent or the Regent as per Section 112 of the Penal Code. Thus, I had been conducting my life normally, living from hand to mouth, working from dawn to dusk and participating in social and political activities.

I am a professional journalist and run a tour business. On April 30, 2011, I was supposed to lead a group of 30 Thai tourists to visit Angkor Wat in Cambodia. A trip has been organized every month. On that day, I just walked to the checkpoint to get my documents inspected as usual without the slightest intention to run away.

Previously, several charges have been pressed against me arising from my political involvement, and I have never tried to escape. I have fought all the cases upfront as I believe in my innocence. And I do believe that there is still some remaining justice.

Running away has never been a choice that I have contemplated, though I know I will end up in jail. I want to continue my fight against the corrupt power, the distortion of truth and the dictatorial power of the ruling class.

I might be subject to incarceration and punishment, but I am able to perform my duties freely for the benefit of society. I am ready to fight head on against corrupt power, though it might eventually land me in jail.

The problem does not stem from the desire of the people to have equality and justice. They simply seek fairness and democracy and the freedom to express their views and criticisms toward the rulers who claim the highest moral ground in society. But the problem is there with the dictatorial law, Section 112 which is an unjust law which has been abused to purge dissenting voices and curb people’s rights and liberties.

Many people have become victims of Section 112. They have been deprived of their freedom, arrested, jailed, accused, purged, or even killed brutally.

Thus, I have decided to take the lead to demand the revocation of Section 112 and formed the “Democratic Network to Compile 10,000 Signatures to Propose to Parliament the Repeal of Section 112”, according to a procedure prescribed by the 2007 Constitution.

The content of Section 112 is vague and contains gaps that have been exploited by corrupt people to suppress others. In a society on the verge of conflict, my arrest this time is tantamount to placing the monarchy in direct confrontation with the people.

Previously, several core leaders of the Red Shirts were accused of committing lèse majesté, and community radio stations have been shut down and websites blocked to prevent people from getting information. It has culminated in getting me arrested and this unjust legal action that ensues.

Thus, I am just a victim of abuse of the law, a victim in a political game in the fierce battle between the democratic movement and the dictatorship which may come through elections.

I am a target that the corrupt powers that be who proclaim superior morality and charisma want to tame in order to prolong their corrupt power.

I will not be the last victim as long as we are still trapped under a rule which is essentially a dictatorship, but is portrayed as a democracy to the world.

I shall fight for freedom until my last breath.

I’m willing to give up my freedom, but certainly not my humanity

Somyos Preuksakasemsuk
Holding cell, Crime Suppression Division, Bangkok
8.30 am, May 2, 2011

Note: Mr. Somyos Preuksakasemsuk, a core leader of the Red Shirts in Thailand was arrested on a charge of lèse majesté on April 30, 2011. The magazine he edited was accused of carrying an article considered insulting to the Thai monarch. This note was written prior to his being brought for arraignment later that morning at the Criminal Court which denied him bail, claiming the offense carried a high penalty.

Translated by Pipob Udomittipong

“Without freedom, humans are not human- I shall fight for freedom until my last breath”- Somyot Pruksakasemsuk from Holding cell, Crime Suppression Division, Bangkok 8.30 am, May 2, 2011

May 2, 2011
Source: Lek Junya

Source: Lek Junya

On 30 April 2011, again another political arrest to pro democracy activist/ known labour activist in Thailand..Somyos Phrueksakasemsuk

The person is a long time labor activist who has been involved in the pro democracy movement, who believe that workers rights/movement is un separate able from the struggle for guinea democracy.

On 29 April 2011, he and other members of Democracy Net work had express their stands of submitting the 10,000 signatures to call for abolish of Lese Majeste law , as its against principle of freedom of expression.

It is gathering 10,000 signatures to revoke Article 112 through Parliament as allowed by the constitution

According to Somyot in the press conference that was held yesterday in Bangkok , Democracy Network are campaigning to abolish the lèse majesté law, or Article 112 of the Criminal Code, as it has been politically abused

– As the National election suppose to come soon in June 2011. There are increasing actions of crackdown to dissenting voices since weeks ago:such as:

– 1) closure of the community radio and arrest of the person in charge

– 2) increasing use of Lese Majeste Law/ Criminal code –article 112 to arrest academician , pro democracy activists and also UDD key leaders

– 3) Implementation of curfew in the key areas of protest in Bangkok

All these are signs of the strong signal and intention of the current military back Thai government is not going to respect a free and fair election and also keen on reconciliation for peace. These brutal actions on the crackdown the pro democracy forces has showed that coming election seem to be a :window show” of “democracy” that they want to show to the world.

It is common that all the fascist state in the world, when their power are in threat, they will do all types of suppression before the so called “ democracy-parliamentary election”. In fact, they had put all their opponents either in jail, or force to be in exile or afraid to speak. Therefore, these hostile behaviors had showed that they are not keen to build peace via peaceful manner and respect the rule of democracy.

Hence, it is time for the international community to voices its protest to the arrest of Somyot and also to demand guinea democracy to be in place and military should not intervene in politics and misused of the Lese Majeste law.Also it is time to abolish the Lese Najeste Law/CC Article 112 that against the basic human rights of Freedom of Expression and Thoughts!


Here is the letter from prison written from Somyot- 2 May 2011:

“I would not be the last victim as long as we are still trapped in the rule which is essentially a dictatorship, but is falsely portrayed as a democracy to the world. I shall fight for freedom until my last breath. I may agree to shed my freedom, but not my humanity.” Somyot Pruksakasemsuk Holding cell, Crime Suppression Division, Bangkok 8.30 am, May 2, 2011

Short Bio about Somyot:
Somyot Pruksakasemsuk says:” I wanna sacrifice my liberty, but not my humanity! “ ( the written declaration was being written ,before he was detained on 26 May 2010, Bangkok,Thailand)
Read Here:

Read here, the latest news of arrest of Somyot Phrueksakasemsuk .
Somyos: without freedom, humans are not human
Mon, 02/05/2011 – 14:28 | by prachataiDSI arrests key red-shirt member

Lawyer seeks bail for Somyot

Democracy Network campaign for 10,000 signatures to repeal lèse majesté law

“Fascism” and the Thai state


Arrest of Somyos Pruksakasemsuk

press statement of the 112 (lese majeste law) awareness campaign -a group who call upon the amendment of the law. and stop misused of the LML as a tool to suppress dissenting voices