Urgent Action: Stop prosecuting peaceful protesters
On 22 May 2019, Thai authorities renewed their crackdown on peaceful protesters by pursuing the prosecution of a group of 17 individuals, including an opposition party politician, for their participation in a peaceful protest outside a Bangkok police station on 24 June 2015. Their gatherings took place during the military government’s ban on “political” gatherings of five or more persons. Filing charges against these individuals nearly four years after their peaceful demonstration appears to be a politically motivated decision to silence perceived opponents and has a chilling effect on the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in Thailand.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 5 AUGUST 2019
Please write urgently in your own words or using the template letter included in English or Thai to:
Office of the Prime Minister
Tel: 66 2 618 2323
Fax: 66 2 2825131
Salutation: Dear Prime Minister
And copies to:
Minister of Justice
Ministry of Justice
120 Chaeng Watthana Road
Thung Song Hong
Fax: +66 29530503
*please note that an incoming Minister of Justice is to be appointed soon due to the current cabinet formation, therefore name is left unfilled.
Prof Khemchai Chutiwongse
Office of the Attorney-General
51 Ratchadaphisek Road, Chatuchak
Tel: +66 2515 4000
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.
Please check with your section before sending appeals after the above date.