human rights defender Baramee Chairat
human rights defender Baramee Chairat
human rights defender Baramee Chairat

Somyot Pumpanmuang

Royal Thai Police Commissioner-General
Royal Thai Police,
1 Building, Floor 7 Rama 1 Road,
Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Thailand
Fax: +66 2 618 2538
Email: [email protected]

Dear Commissioner-General,

I am William Nicholas Gomes, Human rights defender and Freelance journalist.

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I would like to draw your attention to the following case.
Human rights defender Mr Baramee Chairat is being accused of sedition after showing support for the fourteen student activists, who had been detained for staging peaceful protests against against the military rule and forced evictions of rural communities in north-eastern Thailand.

Baramee Chairat is a human rights defender and a recently re-elected member of the board of Amnesty International Thailand. He is also the coordinator of the Assembly of the Poor (AOP). AOP is a grassroots movement, which was founded in 1995. Widely supported by community organisations and local NGOs, the movement supports local villagers impacted by development and industrial projects in Thailand.

On 3 July 2015, police issued summons for interrogation, which will take place at 9 am on 10 July at the Samranrat Police Station. The summons are based on the accusations of sedition which were brought against the human rights defender by Lt Col Phongsarit Pawangkhanan. Baramee faces charges under Article 116 of Thailand?s Criminal Code, and risks up to seven years imprisonment.

The accusations are related to the support Baramee had shown towards the fourteen student activists, who had been detained by the Bangkok Military Court and released on 8 July 2015. Prior to their arrest on 26 June 2015 he visited students and helped them to find a shelter for two nights.

On 8 July 2015, the fourteen student activists, including seven human rights defenders from the Dao Din group, were released after two weeks detention in the Bangkok Remand Prison. On 7 July the Bangkok Military Court ordered their unconditional release and rejected police calls for a further 12-day extension of students’ detention. However, the Court did not drop the charges against student activists for the alleged violation of National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) order no. 7/2557, which forbids political gatherings or assemblies of more than five people.

I express my grave concern at the summons and investigation against Baramee Chairat, as I believe these acts to be directly related to his legitimate work in the defence of human rights.

I urge the authorities in Thailand to:

1. Immediately and unconditionally drop all the charges against the human rights defender Baramee Chairat, as Front Line Defenders believes that they are solely motivated by his support towards the student activists and his legitimate and peaceful work in the defence of human rights;

2. Guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders in Thailand are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions.

Sincerely,

William Nicholas Gomes

Human Rights Defender & ?Freelance Journalist

Twitter @wnicholasgomes

Email: [email protected]

www.facebook.com/williamnicholasgomes

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