Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Human Rights Lawyer Sirikan Charoensiri will tomorrow (Tuesday) report to police who say they are now bringing charges against her for her part in representing students of the New Democracy Movement.

The 14 students were arrested last June making a peaceful protest to mark the military junta’s one year in power.

This appears to be police payback after Sirikan Charoensiri  (June), who did an international  degree at Essex University's  School of Law and Human Rights,  brought  a charge against police of malfeasance in office under Article 157 of the Thai Criminal Code.

After the arrest of the students Sirikan had refused to agree to a warrntless search of her car.

The police officer in question is Police Colonel Siriya Chamnongchok.

Here follows  a statement by Lawyers For Lawyers (L4L), followed by statement from Thai Lawyers for Human Rights today statement.

June will be going to Chanasongkram Police station. Phra Nakorn. Bangkok.

Lawyers for Lawyers
On 4 August 2015, L4L sent letters to the authorities of Thailand in connection to the harassment and intimidation of human rights lawyer Sirikan Charoensiri. L4L has reason to belief that these acts of harassment are connected to her legitimate activities as attorney.

On June 26, Thai police arrested 14 students after they carried out peaceful protests calling for democracy and an end to military rule. They were charged with violating an Order which bans gatherings of more than five people and sedition. Sirikan Charoensiri provided legal aid to the 14 students at Bangkok’s Phrarachawang Police Station and the Bangkok Military Court.

After representing the 14 students, the police requested to search Sirikan Charoensiri’s car. She refused to consent to a warrantless search. Hereafter, the police impounded her car. When she went to the police station to file a complaint for malfeasance, the police refused to accept the complaint and in the meantime another police team searched her car with a warrant. Five phones belonging to her clients were seized as evidence. When she tried to file a complaint again, a senior investigator told her that the police had power to search her car and suggested that if she filed a complaint, it would not finish there and that the police would consider countering with some form of legal action against her.

Furthermore, On 28 June 2015, a senior police officer told the media that they had found “important evidence” in Ms. Charoensiri’s car and are considering whether to charge her with a crime. One day after that, the police visited Ms. Charoensiri’s family home and asked her parents to identify her in photos and questioned them about her background.

L4L is concerned about the harassment of Sirikan Charoensiri and called on the Thai authorities to make sure that she can exercise her professional activities without improper interference or harassment.


Thai Lawyers for Human Rights 


Christy S. said...

Miss? As in Miss Judged for Appearance, Miss..? C'mon Thailand get with it- Ms. is now the title to use with women as it does not denote marital status.

Andrew Drummond said...

Oh I thought Ms was a progressive 80's thing Christy

NOT Drew Noyes said...

Don't mind her AD. Christy has no issue with males being referred to as "boys", but freaks out when a female is referred to as a "girl". It seems our SJW (Social Justice Warrior) is a bit one sided.

To Christy: What titles do we use for males? Be sure not to denote their marital status now.

Andrew Meerburg said...

The level of injustice is appalling. Cannot believe we have to deal with this in the current day and age.

Christy S. said...

Not at all, you'll find most newspapers use Ms. and I always insist upon it whenever possible, being quite annoyed that at age 54 I am "Miss" on my Thai driver's license (not wanting to produce a US decree of divorce dating from 1988.) After all, men do not have their marital status announced in front of their names but are simply Mr and are never hassled with marital document issues.

Christy S. said...

Your statement uses a false declaration in an attempt to make an argument. I would like for adult women to be referred to as adults, "women" not children," girls"-as is the norm for adult men. And as men do not have a requirement of marital status as a title,( Mr.,) I think women should enjoy the same luxury of privacy with Ms. This woman is a professional, doing an important job, why do we need to refer to her using outdated, sexist titling?