Trial of Thai activist starts Monday: Take Action for his release
Monday 21 November 2011, 10am
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.
Clean Clothes Camapign (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.
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