Statement of Asia Monitor Resource Centre on the Sentencing of Somyot Pruksakasemsuk


Hong Kong, 23 January 2013

Asia Monitor Resource Centre (AMRC) issues the following statement on the sentencing of Somyot Pruksakasemsuk, a labour activist in Thailand.

AMRC is deeply concerned by the court’s decision to sentence Somyot Pruksakasemsuk for 10 years imprisonment for violating the Article 112 of the Criminal Code. The verdict is serious set setback for freedom of expression and severely undermines the rights to freedom of expression in Thailand, as the country ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in 1996.

AMRC strongly condemn the verdict and urge the Thai authorities to immediately release Somyot and all other prisoners of conscience without conditions. The authorities should grant Somyot reparations for the time he has spent in pre-trial detention.

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