Posted On - 01/06/2010
June 13- Somyot is just released today from military detention camp. We congratulate all colleagues who lend their support. It proves the solidarity work!
Release Somyot; Suthachai Now!
May 31- In written letter to Ambassador of Thailand GEFONT has asked to make immediate release of Somyot Pruksakasemsuk and Associate Professor Suthachai Yimprasert.
"We know both men, in particular Somyot Pruksakasemsuk, through their work for the international trade union movement. We have come to know them as loyal Thai citizens who have a passionate belief in Human Rights. Both men are very well internationally known and respected;" the letter signed by GEFONT president Bishnu Rimal reads.
It is believed that both men are currently being held at Adisorn Army Base in Saraburi. Neither man was part of the core leadership of the “red shirts” and in recent times each has been playing a more independent role as a journalist and academic promoting freedom of speech.
The letter further reads- "We understand that the Criminal Court agreed with the Centre for Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) on Friday to extend the detention of Suthachai and Somyot for another seven days, despite Suthachai’s hunger strike over alleged CRES human rights violations."
Both Suthachai and Somyot had surrendered to the CRES when they heard that warrants were out for their arrest. The warrants were issued in regard to the incident on 21 May 2010 at 13.00, when Somyot and Suthachai, in the name of the 24th of June Democracy Group, held a press conference in front of the House No. 111 Foundation. This was a completely peaceful event.
The lawyer for Suthachai, Mr Krisdang has said no charges were pressed against them, and no proper inquiry session had been arranged during their detention.
"We understand that Somyot and Suthachai are now to be held until 6 June 2010. We strongly urge their immediate release;" letter addressed to the ambassador further requests-"Please urgently respond to this request and inform us of what is happening to these two men."
Somyot Pruksakasemsuk, is labour and political rights advocate in Thailand. GEFONT has condemned recent crackdown against political opponents. It has shown it's angered on the arrests of Somyot and Associate Professor Suthachai Yimprasert.
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