Urgent appeal on judicial harassment

The Asian Human Rights Commission has issued an urgent appeal for support on a case involving Sirikan Charoensiri, a lawyer with Thai Lawyers for Human Rights. It begins:

SirikanThe Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information that Ms. Sirikan Charoensiri, a lawyer at Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), reported herself to the public prosecutor on 12 May 2016, relating to the case in which she was charged for providing legal assistance to 14 pro-democracy activists. Ms. Sirikan’s case has created a perception that lawyers providing legal representation in so called ‘political’ cases may face harassment from police and other State authorities.

The appeal is long and detailed, with a case narrative, further information and suggested action. This is the suggested action:

Please write a letter to the following government authorities to urge them to drop the charges against Ms. Sirikan Charoensiri and to maintain its respect for the independence of lawyers and ensure lawyers are able to conduct their professional functions without fear of official reprisals. Please also be informed that the AHRC is writing a separate letter to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers calling for their intervention into this matter.

A suggested letter and clickable links are available, together with the addresses of the six officials who should receive the letter.

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