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Somyot Prueksakasemsuk

HRD & Journalist

Somyot Prueksakasemsuk is a prominent labour activist, editor of Voice of the Oppressed (Voice of Taksin) magazine and is affiliated with the Democratic Alliance of Trade Unions.

After seizing power in a 2014 coup, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has maintained its grip on the country through an array of restrictive laws. The junta’s intolerance of dissenting opinions has resulted in a challenging climate for human rights defenders. Judicial harassment, which remains one of the most common tools to silence HRDs, has intensified, with defamation and other criminal and civil charges being brought against them. There are reports of surveillance of HRDs, both physical and online, intimidation, public smear campaigns and threats. A number of events, including the launching of human rights reports, have been disrupted and public gatherings banned. HRDs also face physical assaults, arbitrary detention and extrajudicial killings.


Somyot Prueksakasemsuk