Target: General of Thailand, Prayuth Chan-ocha
Goal: Release prominent humans rights activist who is being illegally detained for speaking out against the government
Ever since Thailand’s military claimed marital law, human rights defenders and outspoken citizens have been detained. One such activist, Kritsuda Khunasen, was taken during a raid by military forces. The 27-year-old’s location has remained a secret for two weeks and she has been denied access to family members and lawyers. The Thai military should release Khunasen immediately, as she has not committed any credible offense.
On May 28, 2014, Thai military forces raided the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), an organization also known as the “Red Shirts.” During the raid, Khunasen was captured by military forces. The military has not provided her family or friends with any information, nor is she being granted a lawyer. Khunasen is a prominent UDD activist, who is campaigning for legal and humanitarian assistance for those that are illegally detained. The country’s martial law allows her to be detained for up to a one week, however, the family still has not received any correspondence from the government to confirm the activist’s well being.
Human Rights Watch has confirmed that other political activists are also being detained by the Thai military, including members from the UDD. One such activist, Singthong Buachoom, was also arrested during a raid and said that a search warrant was not issued nor were they summoned.
The Thai military is using severe means to control the populace. The military has locked down media outlets and detained those who are outspoken against the military or the government. By signing this petition, you will be demanding the immediate release of Kritsuda Khunasen and other political activists who have not committed any criminal offense.
PETITION LETTER :
Dear General Prayuth Chan-ocha,
You recently declared martial law on all of Thailand. The move was sudden and has upset many Thailand citizens who are now unable to express their opinions for fear of prosecution. Media outlets are under your control and citizens who are deemed to be too outspoken are detained. One such activist, Kritsuda Khunasen, has been detained for two weeks, one week over the allowed limit. Khunasen has not committed a criminal offense and should be released immediately.
Detaining citizens for their views and activism will only spark anger in your country. The right to freedom of expression and assembly is a right all humans have, and denying your citizens those freedoms will not restore peace and order to your country.
[Your Name Here]
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