#1 November 29, 2017 9:53 AM

Dr. Richard Saisomorn
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จดหมายเปิดผนึกถึงผู้รักประชาธิปไตยทั่วโลกถึงปัญหาของประเทศไทย ความป่าเถื่อนของกฎหมายมาตรา 112และความจำเป็นที่จะต้องระงับการปกครองของรัฐบาลทหาร

An Appeal for Democracy and an End to the Military Regime

Dear Friends of Thailand around the world,

We are overseas Thais who live and work in a civilized country all over the world. We’ve enjoyed the freedom of speech and the rights to live like human beings. We are grateful for the opportunity to live our life in the great land of the United States of America, the U.K. EU, Australia, Japan and the rest of the civilized countries. At the same time, we love and miss our motherland, Thailand. Since the start of the political unrest in 2005, we have been closely following the news about Thailand. Our lives have forever changed since the bloody clashes between fully armed soldiers and democracy-seeking Thais.

Before the 2006 coup, Thailand had a thriving and developing democracy with relative freedom of expression, free press, and social and political movements. It is now moving toward totalitarianism or an absolute monarchy by proxy.

Sadly, the Thai government has lied to the world that it is a “constitutional monarchy” whereby the king has no power and under the constitution. This is a lie! The current constitution written by the military has given the king an absolute power in appointing all the key positions of the arm forces, chief of police, members of supreme court justices including all the key positions of ministries in running the country.

In 2001 – 2006, the twice elected Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was in power. During his term, many middle class and poor people enjoyed his policies the most such as universal health care and poverty eradication projects intended to better the lives of poor people. The elite and wealthy class people did not approve of PM Thaksin’s policies. We believe that these policies interfered with the flow of their money making and ubiquitous corruptions between some politicians and the elite and wealthy people.

Later, a group of the yellow clad people was formed by the support of many of those elite and wealthy who lost their corrupt, financial benefits in an effort to overthrow Thaksin’s government. PM Thaksin’s government was removed from power when a military coup was staged while he was out of the country.

After his government was overthrown, two pro-Thaksin parties were still elected. One in January 2008 and the other in September 2008. The two parties later were disbanded by a royal and corrupt judicial system with the verdict based on the coup’s statements. Their party leaders, which were also the prime minister’s, were ousted by the same judicial system with the same reasons.

During this time, the Red Shirt group (or United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship) was slowly formed. Thaksin’s frozen assets were seized by a court decision that was solely based on the coup’s statements and the statements of the committee that was formed by those that disapproved of PM Thaksin. None of the court decisions were based on the truth and evidence of the law. And remember now, all those judges were either appointed or endorsed by the late king.

In December 2008, the opposition party’s leader, Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva, was hand picked by the top elite and became the prime minister by winning the vote in the parliament. We do not believe that his winning was legitimate. Since then, the freedom of expression has been limited. Thailand has a very strict law on Lese Majeste (insulting the king ). The government has been abusing this law to their benefit in eliminating those that are against them. Such corrupt officials are basically the monarchy’s proxies.

In addition, Abhisit Vejjajiva and his party are backed by retired General Prem Tinsulanonda, the Head of the privy council of the King. Privy council is the close advisers of the king. Therefore, any movement on the privy councilor or the king is also deemed violating the Lese Majeste law. Many community radio stations and web sites are closed. Any web sites outside Thailand are blocked. Many outspoken speakers have been arrested and put in a long jail term. Worse, the main stream media outlets and TV stations are working hand in hand with the military to lie about and distort the truth to the Thai and international public. They are misleading the world and even the Thai people as to their real intentions. Also, they continue to seek new ways to censor any information given to the media.

We promote true democracy and freedom for our brothers and sisters in Thailand. We do not promote violence whatsoever. We believe the current military government to be illegitimate and is best described as a dictatorial regime.

In light of the above facts, we are making this appeal to you because we lack any means of protection from threats of the military thugs currently in power.

Our extended families living on Thailand and even us living here in the US may be subject to Thai government threats. We were informed by Thai officials that their lese majeste law covers any where in the world--which is absolutely contrary to the international rules of law.

We believe that we have the sacred rights of First Amendment to the United States constitutional to criticize the current illegitimate regime and the monarchy.

We would like to point out to the world that the existing and vicious law in Thailand, lese majeste law, has stopped the Thai people from speaking their mind and the core problems of the country..

Lese majeste law, if found guilty, carries a mandatory jail term of 3 to 15 years for each offense with no appeal.

It states that no one can criticize the king and any member of his family even if such criticism is based on the truth. Yet, the monarchy is the richest entity in Thailand as it has a vast business empire that affects every facet of life in the Thai society. The monarch is the richest monarch in the world according to Forbes magazine.

Unfortunately, some of his subjects are forced to sell their daughters to prostitution and live in poverty. More than half of the Thai children are malnourished.

We request that you at least take note of our concerns about Thailand, and offer us any advice, information, or any other help that will guide us in telling the world how corrupt the current regimet has become and how vicious this unjust and undemocratic and anti human rights law of lese majeste is.

We have provided only a few details in this statement, but hope that with your help we can find the right voice to broadcast to world.

Narisara Viwatchara and Friends


#2 November 29, 2017 10:25 AM

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#3 November 29, 2017 9:37 PM

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