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On February 9, 2021 the Thai government indicted and detained four pro-democracy activists for alleged violations of lese-majeste, sedition, and other offences.

From left to right: Parit, Anon, Somyot and Patiwat at the Criminal Court on 9 February.

They are Anon Nampa, a long time human rights lawyer and the Laureate of the 2021 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights, Parit Chiwarak, a student activist of the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration group, Somyot Pruksakasemsuk, the Laureate of the 2016 Chun Tae-il Prize Special Award, and Patiwat Saraiyam.

The May 18 Memorial Foundation acknowledges that the four activists are not criminals to be incarcerated but defenders of democracy and what they did was nothing but demanding democracy through political and monarchy reforms.

The May 18 Memorial Foundation denounces the Thai government that has consistently oppressed the pro-democracy movement of its people. The May 18 Memorial Foundation will stand in solidarity with the international communities to support Thailand’s democracy and demands the below:

  1. Release the pro-democracy activists immediately!
  2. Stop the oppression of the democracy movement in Thailand!

February 10, 2021

The May 18 Memorial Foundation

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