GENEVA (23 January 2013) - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed Wednesday her deep concern about the verdict and extremely harsh sentencing of the editor and prominent activist Somyot Pruksakasemsuk, adding that this represents a setback for the protection and promotion of human rights in Thailand.
23 January, Bangkok - A Thailand criminal court today sentenced Somyot Pruekasemsuk, editor of a political magazine, to eleven years of imprisonment for publishing two articles in 2010 deemed defamatory to the country's monarchy.
Bangkok-Geneva-Paris, 23 January, 2013. The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), in the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, together with the Union for Civil Liberty (UCL) in Thailand, strongly condemn the conviction of Thai human rights defender and labour activist Mr. Somyot Prueksakasemsuk.
The sentencing of a human rights defender to ten years in prison for publishing two articles allegedly insulting the monarchy is a serious setback for freedom of expression in Thailand, Amnesty International said.
Bangkok, 23 January 2013– The European Union Delegation issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Thailand:
Clean Clothes Campaign, together with the Free Somyot Campaign and the Thai Labour Campaign strongly deplore the conviction of human rights defender and magazine editor Somyot Prueksakasemsuk. Today, the Bangkok Criminal Court found him guilty on two counts of Article 112 of the Criminal Code (the lèse-majesté law*) and sentenced him to 11 years of imprisonment: 10 years for both counts and one more year from a previously suspended sentence.
Sentence Continues Aggressive Judicial Action on Lese Majeste (New York, January 23, 2013) – The conviction of a prominent Thai magazine editor and his harsh 11 year sentence for “insulting the monarchy” will further chill freedom of expression in Thailand, Human Rights Watch said today. On January 23, 2013, the Bangkok Criminal Court found Somyot Prueksakasemsuk guilty of lese majeste offenses, for publishing two articles in his Voice of Taksin magazine that prosecutors argued made negative references to the monarchy.
Sukanya Prueksakasemsuk's letter to her husband on week 80 of his detention.
The inquest into the death of 'Uncle SMS' Amphon Tangnoppakul began on 17 December at the Criminal Court on Ratchadaphisek Rd, seven months after his death at the Correctional Hospital, starting with two witnesses, a head nurse and the duty doctor.
Sukanya Prueksakasemsuk's letter to her husband Somyot in prison, and the 112 Family Network's invitation to Somyot's court appearance on 19 Dec. (see attachements for more details)