Freedom House denounces the verdict delivered by Thailand’s criminal court sentencing long-time labor rights activist and former editor of magazine Voice of Taksin, Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, to 11 years in prison and calls for his immediate release. The government must amend its laws to protect free expression in accordance with international human rights standards.
Freedom House is disappointed by the Thai criminal court’s decision to delay the verdict until January 23 in the lèse majesté trial of activist and magazine editor Somyot Prueksakasemsuk. This delay is further evidence of the restrictive environment in Thailand for freedom of expression.
Lauren Galacia manages the Asia program. Prior to joining Freedom House, she oversaw the development and implementation of citizen engagement programs throughout Asia and Eurasia, with a focus on Thailand and Burma.