Statement by Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR)
Request for an Immediate Release of Mr Srisuwan Janya from Arbitrary Detention
On 18 April 2017, Mr Srisuwan Janya, Secretary-General of the Association to Protect Thai Constitution (APTC), was to submit a letter of petition to the Prime Minister at the Government House’s Complaint Center. The letter demands an investigation into the replacement of the 1932 Siamese Revolution memorial plaque. Srisuwan, however, was taken into custody by military officials while his whereabouts remain unknown.
Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) takes that the military officials have no legal grounds to carry out the detention of Srisuwan. Such detention is therefore deemed unlawful and inconsistent with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), of which Thailand is a ratifying state party and is obliged to comply with. Article 9 (1) of the ICCPR provides that “Everyone has the right to liberty and security of person. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention.”
“Submitting a letter of petition to call for an investigation of alleged crime is a legal right entitled to all individuals. The authorities are obligated to investigate the matter of complaint. On the contrary, the military officials have forcibly taken the complainant into custody, an act deemed arbitrary detention,” said Ms. Yaowalak Anuphan, Director of TLHR, “Such act simply reinforces that Thailand is without respect for the right to freedom of expression, even within the investigation mechanisms provided by the state. We request for an immediate release of Srisuwan from such unlawful detention.”
With respect for the rights and liberties of the people
Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR)