STATEMENT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION ON THE SENTENCING OF MR SOMYOT PRUKSAKASEMSUK (23/01/2013)

Bangkok, 23 January 2013– The European Union Delegation issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Thailand:

The EU Delegation to Thailand is deeply concerned by the court's decision to sentence Mr. Somyot Pruksakasemsuk for 10 years imprisonment for violating the Article 112 of the Criminal Code. 

The verdict seriously undermines the right to freedom of expression and press freedom. At the same time, it affects Thailand’s image as a free and democratic society. The EU urges the Thai authorities to ensure that any limitation of fundamental rights is applied in a proportional manner consistent with upholding universal human rights.