Release Activist in Need of Medical Treatment

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Target: Glyn T. Davies, U.S. Ambassador to Thailand

Goal: Release activist in need of medical assistance who is being held in military captivity for offending the government.

A political activist from Thailand is held in military captivity after being charged for offending the government. After being taken while in the hospital, he is being denied medical care that is essential to his critical health condition.

Thanet Anantawong was taken from his hospital bed and confined to a military base by officers. He does not have any proper medical attention and officers contacted his family to tell them his health his declining. They told his family that they may bring him medicine but are not allowed to see him. However, Thanet requires a hospital and professional medical attention in order to be properly treated.

The charges against Thanet Anantawong include, “sedition and computer crimes for sharing Facebook commentary about arm corruption scandals.” according to Human Rights Watch. There has been hundreds of activists being detained for opposing the current monarchy. Thailand’s junta is pursuing unnecessarily harsh actions against any person who openly opposes this power structure.

This treatment of Anantawong raises serious concerns about power violations committed by the Thai government. He was unjustly charged for expressing free speech and is, consequently, in dire health conditions. Demand that Thanet receive urgent medical help and be taken out of the military base.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Davies,

An activist in Thailand has been detained and is being held in military captivity. He was taken from his hospital room and needs urgent medical help, which he can’t receive on the military base. Officers are aware that Thanet Anantawong’s health is deteriorating but are still holding him captive.

The Thai government has constantly been harassing and wrongly arresting activists who speak out against the junta. The charges and treatment of Anantawong shows this abuse of Thai citizens. We urge you to pursue action that will release Thanet Anantawong and help him receive the medical attention he needs.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Al Jazeera English

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