1 augustus 2017
Sirikan Charoensiri facing charges in Thailand
Former Shelter City participant Sirikan Charoensiri, aka June, has been summoned to the police station on 2 August to be informed about a third set of charges brought against her in doing her work as a lawyer.
June, winner of the 2017 Lawyers for Lawyers' award.
The charges That June is facing are related to an affair from 2015, in which she defended 14 students from the New Democracy Movement arrested for peacefully protesting.
June had refused to let police search her car, as they did not produce a search warrant. After filing a complaint against the undue seizure of her car, she was accused with refusing to comply with an order and charged under several sections of the Criminal Code.
The reopening of the case follows June’s public statement at the occasion of Thailand’s review under the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
June had denounced the heightened risk for women human rights defenders in Thailand to face harassment, attacks and intimidation under the Thai military junta rule.
Justice and Peace is highly concerned by this new attempt to prevent Sirikan Charoensiri from performing her work as a lawyer and human rights defender.
Justice and Peace denounces the use of judicial harassment to hinder human rights defenders.
Justice and Peace calls on Thai authorities to respect Thailand’s commitments to independent justice and due process under national and international law.
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