Urgent Action: Defamation charges used to silence dissent
Police have charged prominent activists Parit ‘Penguin’ Chiwarak, Sirawit ‘Ja New’ Seritiwat, and Phayaw Akkahad with defamation by publication under Article 328 of the Thai Criminal Code which carries a maximum sentence of two years in jail. The Election Commission accused the three of making defamatory speeches during a public campaign to impeach the commissioners in Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city. Summoned to Phayathai Police Station on 30 April, they have denied all charges. The case appears to be politically motivated and is part of the crackdown on individuals who criticise the constitutionally independent body.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 5 JULY 2019
Please write urgently in your own words or using the template letter included in English or Thai to:
Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda
Royal Thai Police
Rama I Road, Pathumwan
Fax: +66 2251 4739
Tel: +66 2205 2724
Salutation: Dear Chairman
And copies to:
Prof Khemchai Chutiwongse
Office of the Attorney-General
51 Ratchadaphisek Road, Chatuchak
Tel: +66 2515 4000
Call: Do not issue a prosecution order on this case
Chairman of the Election Commission
Election Commission of Thailand
Government Building Complex
Tel +66 2141 8888
Call: Drop the criminal complaint against these activists
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.
His Excellency MR PISANU SUVANAJATA, Royal Thai Embassy, 29-30 Queen’s Gate SW7 5JB, tel 020 7225 5500 or 020 789 2944, Fax 020 7823 9695, email firstname.lastname@example.org www.thaiembassyuk.org.uk, Salutation: Your Excellency
Please check with your section before sending appeals after the above date.