2016: Thailand: Somyot Prueksakasemsuk

May 10th, 2016

Prime minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-o-cha
Government House
Pitsanulok Road, Dusit
Bangkok 10300
Thailand

Your Excellency,

PEN International and The Norwegian Writers in Prison Committee is deeply concerned by the harsh sentence handed down to prominent activist and editor Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, and calling for his immediate and unconditional release in accordance with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Thailand is a state party.

We demand that Somyot Prueksakasemsuk is given immediate access to reading material and is permitted to partake in recreational activities.

We express our serious concern for Somyot Prueksakasemsuk‘s well-being and urging authorities to provide him with adequate medical treatment while detained and to ensure that he is protected from ill-treatment.

We are deeply concerned about the continued use of lèse majesté laws to criminalise free expression, and urging an amendment to Article 112 of the Penal Code in order to ensure that it meets Thailand’s international obligations to protect freedom of expression.

 

Yours sincerely,
Øivind Hånes
Member of Writers in Prison Committee
Norwegian PEN
COPY: The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

2016: Thailand: Somyot Prueksakasemsuk

May 10th, 2016

The Director of Bangkok Remand Prison
Bangkok Remand Prison
33 Ngam wong wan road,
Ladyao, Jatujak,
Bangkok 10900,
Thailand

Dear Sirs,

PEN International and The Norwegian Writers in Prison Committee is deeply concerned by the harsh sentence handed down to prominent activist and editor Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, and calling for his immediate and unconditional release in accordance with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Thailand is a state party.

We demand that Somyot Prueksakasemsuk is given immediate access to reading material and is permitted to partake in recreational activities.

We express our serious concern for Somyot Prueksakasemsuk’s well-being and urging authorities to provide him with adequate medical treatment while detained and to ensure that he is protected from ill-treatment.

We are deeply concerned about the continued use of lèse majesté laws to criminalise free expression, and urging an amendment to Article 112 of the Penal Code in order to ensure that it meets Thailand’s international obligations to protect freedom of expression.

 

Yours sincerely,
Øivind Hånes
Member of Writers in Prison Committee
Norwegian PEN

2016 Thailand: Andy Hall

Dear
Leader of National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)
General Prayuth Chan-ocha
Royal Thai Army Headquarters,

The Norwegian Writers in Prison Committee is calling for all charges against Andy Hall to be dropped as they are in direct violation of his 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. And we have serious concern over the use of criminal defamation and computer-crime laws to gag critical voices;
The Norwegian WIPC is therefore urging the authorities to amend the Criminal Code including by decriminalising defamation and insult to ensure that it meets Thailand’s international obligations to protect freedom of expression.

Yours sincerely,
Jørgen Lorentzen
Member of Writers in Prison Committee
PEN Norway

COPY: The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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
Thailand

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

2008: Thailand: Harry Nicolaides

29. September 2008

Dear Prime Minister
Samak Sundaravej
The Secretariat of the Prime Minister, Office of the Prime Minister
Government House
Pitsanulok Road
Dusit, Bangkok 10300
Thailand
Fax: +66 2 280 0858

Dear Minister of Justice
Sompong Amornwiwat
Office of the Minister
Ministry of Justice
Chaeng Wattana Road
Pak Kred, Nonthaburi 11120
Thailand
Fax: +66 2 502 6734

Dear Minister of Interior
Pol. Gen. Kowit Wattana
Office of the Secretary to the Minister
Assadang Road
Pra Nakorn, Bangkok 10200
Thailand
Fax: +66 2 226 4371

Your Excellencies,

As a member of Writers in Prison Committee, Norwegian PEN, I am deeply concerned by the the detention and charge against writer Harry Nicolaides.

He has been sentenced for being charged under Article 112 of the Criminal Code with ‘lèse-majesté’ (insulting the monarchy), and faces a sentence of between three and fifteen years of imprisonment. We are concerned about the detention.

The charge stems from a passage in Nicolaides’ novel Verisimilitude which is considered to be insulting to the Thai king’s eldest son. It is said that in the 300-page book, only three lines refer to the crown prince, and that he is not even mentioned by name.

On 2 September Nicolaides requested to be released on bail, but his request was denied. It is said that only fifty copies of the book were ever printed, of which seven were sold.

I seek your assurance, Your Excellency, for immediate his immediate and unconditional release in accordance with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Thailand is a state party.

Confident that you, Your Excellency, will take action accordingly, I remain,

Yours sincerely,

Trine Kleven
Member of Writers in Prison Committee, Norwegian PEN

COPIES TO:
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