Somyos Pruksakasemsuk has been in jail since 30 April 2011. He was sentenced to 10 years jail for working as an editor of a magazine that published articles considered to contravene the lese majeste law.
In a recognition of Somyos as a prisoner of conscience and longtime labor activist, Prachatai reports that the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions has awarded him the Jeon Tae-il Labour Prize. He is the first non-Korean to receive the award.
The Korean unions hope “that the award will support an international campaign to free Somyot from imprisonment.”
Somyos has refused “to plead guilty to end their trial and have their jail sentence reduced…”.
His refusal to bow down before royalist icons is why royalist regimes punish him.