Wednesday, July 15, 2009

An elephant named Suwicha

Suwicha Thakor at trail, photo from Reuturs.

Over at New Mandala there is a great idea to help name a baby elephant at Sydney’s Taronga Park Zoo:

"How about we have a campaign to name the young boy Suwicha (สุวิชา), after Thai political prisoner Suwicha Thakor? Most of you will remember that Suwicha Thakor was sentenced to 10 years in prison for posting digitally altered images of the king on the internet. It is an outrageous sentence, and would have been even longer if Suwicha had not pleaded guilty."

To read more about the rational from New Mandala click here.

To read about the Suwicha Thakor at Political Prisoners Thailand in Thailand click here.

And most importantly, click here to cast your vote to name the baby elephant Suwicha.

In addition, PPT has these suggestions to protest against Thailand's appalling lèse-majesté law.

PPT urges protests against the use of these draconian laws and Suwicha’s harsh sentence:

1. Write a letter to the Prime Minister of Thailand, Abhisit Vejjajiva, Government House, Bangkok, Thailand. Fax number +66(0)29727751.

2. Write a letter of concern to the Ambassador, The Royal Thai Embassy, in your country of residence about Suwicha’s case.

3. Write to your local member of parliament and your minister for foreign affairs, drawing their attention to the lèse-majesté law in Thailand and Suwicha’s case.

4. Urge Amnesty International internationally and at your local branch to take up Suwicha’s case and others charged under the draconian laws that protect the monarchy and police cyberspace.

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