Thailand: poet murdered; concern mounts for safety of writers

Six weeks after the murder of prominent ‘red-shirt’ poet Mainueng K. Kunthee, who was shot dead on 23 April 2014 by unknown assailants, freedom of expression is severely suppressed and a climate of fear prevails

The motive for the murder of poet Mainueng K. Kunthee is not known, although it is thought that he may have been targeted for his political activism amidst the escalating political violence in the country at the time. English PEN joins PEN International in condemning his killing, and calls for a full and impartial investigation so that those responsible can be brought to justice.

PEN  is deeply concerned for the safety of writers, academics and activists in Thailand, who are increasingly at risk of attack and imprisonment solely for the peaceful expression of their opinions, and reminds the authorities of their obligations to protect freedom of expression under Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Thailand is a state party.

For further information, please visit the PEN International website.

TAKE ACTION

Please send appeals:

  • Condemning the murder of prominent ‘red-shirt’ poet Mainueng K. Kunthee, and expressing fears that he could have been targeted for his political activism;
  • Calling for a full and impartial investigation into his killing so that those responsible can be brought to justice, and reminding the authorities of their obligations under Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Thailand is a state party;
  • Expressing concern for the safety of writers, academics and activists in Thailand, who are at risk of attack and imprisonment solely for the peaceful expression of their opinions.

Send appeals to:

Leader of National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)
General Prayuth Chan-ocha
Royal Thai Army Headquarters,
Rachadamnoen Nok Road,
Bangkok 10200,
Thailand
Fax: (+66-2) 226 1838
Email: prforeign@gmail.com
Salutation: Dear General

His Excellency Mr Pasan Teparak
Royal Thai Embassy
29-30 Queen’s Gate
London
SW7 5JB
Fax: 020 7823 7492
Email: sasipa@thaiembassyuk.org.uk
Salutation: Your Excellency

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Your Excellency

I am writing to you as a supporter of English PEN, the founding centre of the international association of writers, to condemn the murder of poet Mainueng K. Kunthee.

According to PEN’s information, six weeks have now passed since the prominent ‘red-shirt’ poet Mainueng K. Kunthee was shot dead by unknown assailants. The motive for his murder is not yet known, but there are widespread concerns that he may have been targeted for his political activism. I join PEN in condemning his killing, and call for a full and impartial investigation so that those responsible can be brought to justice.

I also share PEN’s deeply concern for the safety of writers, academics and activists in Thailand, who are increasingly at risk of attack and imprisonment solely for the peaceful expression of their opinions, and respectfully remind the authorities of their obligations to protect freedom of expression under Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Thailand is a state party.

I would welcome your comments on my appeal.

Yours sincerely

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