July 26, 2016
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and FIDH, has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Thailand.
The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the summoning of Ms. Sirikan “June” Charoensiri, a human rights lawyer with the organisation Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), in connection with her work representing 14 activists of the Neo Democracy Movement (NDM).
According to the information received, on July 27, 2016, at 9:30 am, Ms. Sirikan will report to the Office of the Prosecutor of Dusit District in Bangkok to hear if the prosecutor has decided to prosecute her on charges of “concealing evidence” (Article 142 of the Criminal Code) and “failure to comply with an official order” (Article 368 of the Criminal Code). If found guilty of all charges, Ms. Sirikan could face imprisonment of up to three years and/or a fine of up to 6,000 baht (approximately 156 euros).
The Observatory strongly condemns the ongoing judicial harassment against Ms. Sirikan, which aims to hinder her legitimate work as a human rights lawyer, and calls on the Thai authorities to immediately drop all charges against her.
Furthermore, until all charges are dropped against Ms. Sirikan, the Observatory urges the Thai authorities to ensure that all judicial proceedings against her are carried out in full compliance with her right to a fair trial, as provided for under international law.