23 Jun '11, 6pm

More pressure needed to release #Thai #HumanRights activist #SomyotPruksakasemsuk @CleanClothes

More pressure needed to release #Thai #HumanRights activist #SomyotPruksakasemsuk @CleanClothes

I write to ask you for the immediate release of Somyot Pruksakasemsuk who was arrested on April 30, 2011, and is currently being held at Klong Prem Central Prison in Bangkok. Somyot is an active labour- and human rights activist, who is well known for his work for the international trade union movement. He is a loyal Thai citizen who is strongly committed to Human Rights in his role as an academic and activist promoting freedom of speech. I understand that Somyot was arrested on a charge of defaming, insulting and threatening the King, Queen and Heir-apparent (Section 112 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. He believes that his arrest was due to the effort by him and other pro democracy activists to collect the 10,000 signatures ne...

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