International support in the last stages of Somyot’s Trial
On the 19th September the court will set the verdict date for the trail of Thai journalist and labour organiser Somyot Pruksakasemsuk. Already held for over a year on remand, he could face up to 30 years’ jail for the publication of two articles that allegedly breach Thailand’s draconian lèse majesté law. At the time, he was the acting editor-in-chief of the magazine in which the articles appeared. He did not write them, and neither of them even mentions the King of Thailand. Lawyers for the defence have asked the Thai Constitutional Court to determine whether the lèse majesté law is constitutional and meets international standards. He has already spent more than a year in jail on remand, and the difficult conditions have worsened his existing health problems. Ten successive bail applications have been denied.
The Free Somyot campaign has been running for 18 months, involving numerous international demonstrations, petitions, human rights reports and the highly publicised hunger strike by Somyot’s son. Over 12,000 individuals have signed petitions through LabourStart, Clean Clothes Campaigns and the 112 families network.
In this last stage of Somyot’s trial there is a strong need to maintain the international pressure for his release on bail.
We ask organizations to add their name to the most recent international letter of support which can be accessed on this website.
We ask individuals to submit their online protest through the Clean Clothes Campaign website here
Help us to free Somyot now.