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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.

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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
Bangkok 10330 
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 
Bangkok 10900 
Tel: +66 2515 4000 
Call: Do not issue a prosecution order on this case 

Chairman of the Election Commission  
Ittiporn Boonprakong 
Election Commission of Thailand 
Government Building Complex 
Chaengwattana, Laksi 
Bangkok 10210 
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, Salutation: Your Excellency

Please check with your section before sending appeals after the above date.

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