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Second PR Somchai 2012 Eng

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 Somchai Neelapaijit Memorial FundPrize for Outstanding Human Rights Defenders
(6 July 2012) On 11 July, Somchai Neelapaijit Memorial Fund will give out Somchai Neelapaijit Award to honor and support outstanding human rights defenders. Dr CharnvitKasetsiri, the Rector of Thammasat University, will be the President of the Ceremony.This award started with an open nomination of the general public. There were more than20 individuals and organizations that were nominated for the award. The Committee member of Somchai Neelapaijit Fund shortlisted five individuals out of which one will be given this award.The rest will be giving certificates in recognition of their works. The five names includeindividuals and organization that is known publicly as well as those who work behind the scene.They all have recognizable record in the fight for rights in the judicial system, labor rights,community rights, and others.The winner of the award will be granted 50,000 Thai Baht, while those four other shortlisted individuals will receive 10,000 Thai Baht.The award giving ceremony will happen on 11 July 2012 at 9.30am – 12.00pm atConference Room, Fourth Floor, Thai Volunteer Service, Huay Kwang District, Bangkok.Somchai Neelapaijit Fund will declare the names of the award winner and those who areshortlisted at our website athttp://somchaiaward.orgon Monday 9 July 2012.
Please register your attendance at:http://bit.ly/PcbXyQ 
For more information, please contact Ms Taweeporn at 0898291167
////////////////Somchai Neelapajit Memorial Fund reveals Five Human Rights Defenders Shortlisted forits Award
(9 July 2012)
The five shortlisted individuals for the 2012 Somchai Neelapajit Awardare: 1. Ms Jittra Kotchadej
Labour rights and political rights activist
2. Mr RasadaManurasada
Human rights lawyer for victims of violence in Southern Thailand and in other  parts of the country
3. Mr Somyot Prueksakasemsuk 
Labor rights activist and political activist(currently detained in prison)
4. Mr Adisorn Kerdmongkol
Expert on the rights of migrantworkers
5. Udon Thani Environment Group
Grassroots network of villagers that are defendingthe community rights from Potash Industry.Out of these names, there will be one person/ group which will receive the 2012 Somchai Neelaphajit Award together with 50,000 Thai Baht. The other four will receive OutstandingHuman Rights Defender Award with prize money of 10,000 Thai Baht.
Jon Ungpakorn,
a Committee member and Founder of Somchai Neelapaijit MemorialFund, said that Thailand has been suffering from problems concerning human rights violationsfrom both state agencies as well as from state mechanisms. The five names that are shortlistedfor this award are those that have fought to protect human rights bravely, vigorously, and at times
they have put themselves in danger in order to defend human rights just like the disappearedhuman rights lawyer Somchai Neelapaijit. Somchai had fought on behalf of human rights principles until he was a victim of enforced disappearance. This award aims to honor and supporthuman rights defenders who have dedicated their lives in working to protect human rights. It alsoaims to communicate to Thai society to recognize the important roles that theseindividuals/group play as well as to shed light on the human rights problems in Thailand.
The award giving ceremony will take place from 9.30am to 12.00pm on 11 July 2012at Conference Room, 4
Floor, Thai Volunteer Service, Soi Rohitkul, Pracharat BampenRoad (Huay Kwang station MRT stop).
Apart from the ceremony, there will be a paneldiscussion on the topic of “The road of struggle and experiences of Thai human rights defenders” by all five shortlisted individuals as well as a closing remark by
Dr Charnvit Kasetsiri.
Somchai Neelapaijit Fund had opened up the public nomination for individuals andorganizations to nominate people and organizations from February to April 2012. There are 20individuals and organizations that have been nominated. They represented broad and diversegroups of human right defenders ranging from those working on community development,volunteering, and combating injustice. Five names have been shortlisted while one out of the fivewill be given the award. There are four criteria for the selection namely: 1) The recipient(s) of the award works to promote and protect the human rights on issues that are related to the publicinterest; 2) The recipient(s) has outstanding record; 3) The recipient(s) has not been given anaward on human rights before; 4) The recipient(s) works on issue of human rights that iscontemporary and are still discussed in the society and he/she has risk from being attacked or violated for his/her /their human rights work.Somchai Neelapaijit Memorial Fund starts to give out Somchai Neelapaijit Award withthe intention to honor and give support to those who play important roles and has dedicated themto promote and protect human rights in Thailand. The Fund also aims to provoke Thai society tosee the importance and recognize the roles that human rights defenders play. The award is anopen process whereby anyone can make nomination. This is the first year that the award is givenout.
How to get to the Venue:
If you travel by MRT, get off at Huay Kwang MRT Stop. Get of exitto Pracharat Bampen Road. Take a motorcycle taxi to Summer Mansion. Thai Volunteer ServiceBuilding is at the far end of the Soi.
Please register your attendance at:http://bit.ly/PcbXyQ 
For more information, please contact Ms Thaweeporn at 0898291167
Agenda of Somchai Neelaphaijit Awarding Ceremony 2012
11 July 2012, 9.30am – 12.00pmConference Room, Fourth Floor, Thai Volunteer ServiceHuay Kwang, Bangkok 9.30 – 10.00am

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