E-Action: Thai Writer & Labor Activist Faces Trail

From the Clean Clothes Campaign:

On 18 April the trial of Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, well known editor and long time labour rights activist, resumed in Bangkok . It will continue until 4 May.

Somyot was arrested on 30 April 2011 following publication in his magazine of two articles which the authorities claim offended the country’s ruling monarch. He was accused of lèse majesté, a crime that carries up to 30 years of imprisonment, and has been refused bail on eight separate occasions…

CCC continues to call upon the Thai authorities to honour its numerous commitments to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms and to drop all charges against Somyot Prueksakasemsuk and all other human rights defenders detained through the lèse majesté laws.

We also ask, more generally that all human rights defenders in Thailand are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of restrictions, including judicial harassment.

We ask you now to send your own letter to the Thai Prime Minister

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