2015 Thailand: Patiwat Saraiyaem and Pornthip Munkong

Leader of National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)
General Prayuth Chan-ocha

Royal Thai Army Headquarters,
Rachadamnoen Nok Road,
Bangkok 10200

Oslo, 01.03.2015

Dear General,

Norwegian PEN is calling for the immediate and unconditional release of students Patiwat Saraiyaem and Pornthip Munkong, as they are held for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression, in contravention of Articles 9 and 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Thailand is a state party.

It seems to be reason for a serious concern for the safety of writers, academics and activists in Thailand, who are at risk of attack and imprisonment solely for the peaceful expression of their opinions. Together with the International PEN community, we urge the authorities to amend the Criminal Code, in particular the lèse-majesté law, to ensure that it meets Thailand’s international obligations to protect freedom of expression.

Yours sincerely,

Ms Brit Bildøen
Chair of Writers in Prison Committee
Norwegian PEN

COPY: The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs