Target: General Prayut Chan-O-Cha of Thailand
Goal: Release Thai activists held without charges in undisclosed locations
Military authorities in Thailand have refused to reveal the location of a political activist held in a secret location for nearly two weeks without charge. According to Human Rights Watch Kritsuda Khunasen was arrested in late May during a raid of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), commonly referred to as the Red Shirts. Since her arrest her family has been unable to get any information regarding her whereabouts or wellbeing.
Ms. Khunasen has been instrumental in providing legal assistance to other UDD members who have been prosecuted and imprisoned by the military. Her detention has far exceeded the seven-day period permitted under the Martial Law Act invoked by Thai military forces. And sadly, she is not alone. Human Rights Watch and other organizations have confirmed that numerous members of the UDD and other minority political activist groups have been arrested and detained with no way to communicate with attorneys or their families.
While some individuals have been released, the military continues to hold activists like Kritsuda Khunasen. The military must stop detaining prisoners in undisclosed locations as it is in violation of international human rights agreements. Its failure to disclose the location of these activists clearly raises fears for their safety. Demand that the government immediately release or charge all activists currently in state custody.
Dear General Prayut Chan-O-Cha,
The recent arrest and subsequent disappearance of Kritsuda Khunasen is a violation of her human rights as well as international law. I ask that you immediately release her and all others held incommunicado and without charge by the military. By continuing to forcibly disappear Thai citizens you undermine your credibility at home and abroad. This makes it extremely difficult for other nations, or even your own citizens, to trust and accept Thailand’s change of leadership.
While the military has released some activists there are still many being held without the ability to contact their families or lawyers. There is grave concern that these activists could be moved without official notification, and that they are being tortured because of their participation in political dissent.
I ask that you either charge these activists with internationally recognized crimes or else release them immediately. Doing so would enhance the image of the military and show the people of Thailand that you mean to protect them, regardless of their political affiliation.
[Your Name Here]
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