JUSTICE FOR CHIRANUCH PREMCHAIPORN AND OTHER THAI NETIZENS # IGF11, 27-30 September 2011

Dear Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister of Thailand Thai Government Office 1 Phitsanulok Rd, Dusit, Bangkok 10300

JUSTICE FOR CHIRANUCH PREMCHAIPORN AND OTHER THAI NETIZENS We the civil society delegates of the Internet Governance Forum 2011 are deeply concerned with the recent developments in Thailand, whereby the fundamental rights of Thai Netizens are impinged through the Computerrelated Crime Acts and Lèse-majesté Laws. In line with the theme of this year's IGF, "Internet as a catalyst for change: access, development, freedoms and innovation", freedom of expression as enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights ought to be observed by the member countries to encourage openness, innovation and development of a healthy democratic society. The current trial of Chiranuch Premchaiporn including a few others, have demonstrated the lack of commitment from your new government for legal reforms. We have noted in your policy statement delivered on August 24-25 this year, your administration has pledged to reform laws and judiciary based on democratic principles. We expect that you will ensure rule of law and the application of the laws based on the principles of equality, fairness and transparency. Based on universal democratic principles, no one should be held criminally liable for the comments of others on their websites. No one should be prosecuted for expressing their critical views of the authorities. We therefore, urge you to amend the Computer-related Crimes Act and reform the Lèse-majesté Act, and to drop charges against Chiranuch Premchaiporn and all those like her imprisoned under this law immediately. The undersigned,

JUSTICE FOR CHIRANUCH PREMCHAIPORN AND OTHER THAI NETIZENS # IGF11, 27-30 September 2011

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