Thailand: Justice needed for political prisoners

September 18, 2010
Red Shirt rally.

The statement published below was released by the Thai Red Australia Group for Democracy. You can add your name to it here.

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Four years ago on September 19, the Thai people were concerned about a very damaging coup that toppled an elected government and resulted in the political and economic crisis that persists today.

This historical event was followed this year, on April 10 and May 19, by two tragic massacres. The Thai military shot down pro-democracy activists in the streets of Bangkok.

Ninety-one unarmed civilians were killed, 2000 injured and hundreds jailed under an executive decree law.

The Thai Red Australia Group for Democracy advocates freedom, democracy, human rights and safety for the Thai people. To avoid future tragic losses and to defend democracy, we demand that the Thai government:

• Frees all political prisoners, unconditionally;
• Investigates and provides justice for each death and injury case;
• Takes responsibility for the families of those who were killed and injured; and
• Returns freedom of rights to all Thai citizens by lifting the state of emergency law.

Therefore, we would like you to take action against this dictatorship by signing the petition.

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