Free Somyot Prueksakasemsuk Now

Civil Rights Defenders and other human rights organisations today urge that Thai magazine editor and human rights defender Somyot Prueksakasemsuk be immediately released from 17-month pre-trial detention.

If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison under Article 112 of the Criminal Code (the lèse-majesté law) for the publication of two articles deemed insulting to the monarchy.

The group further called on the Thai authorities to uphold international standards of freedom of expression, and to stop using Article 112 and arbitrary detention to criminalize or restrict free speech.

Read statement in full: Free Somyot Prueksakasemsuk Now.