Chiranuch Premchaiporn, human rights defender and editor of the news platform Prachatai, is one of many independent voices who have fallen victim to tighter restrictions and control of internet activism in Thailand. Chiranuch is accused of crimes under lèse majesté, for not deleting comments on her news site quickly enough. After a lengthy process, the verdict is expected on 30 April. If convicted she risks 20 years in prison.
After the coup in 2006 Thailand has experienced periods of serious political turmoil. The 2011 elections seem to have stabilized the situation temporarily, but the Thai authorities continue to crack down on social activism, in particular censoring activists on the Internet.
On April 17, Chiranuch visited Civil Rights Defenders for a seminar, part of our seminar serie One Hour of Human Rights. Listen to Chiranuch telling her story from a Thailand we rarely have access to.
The discussion is led by Brittis Edman, Programme Director for Southeast Asia at Civil Rights Defenders.