‘Rung’ is facing life in prison for speaking out for freedom and democracy in Thailand. Take action now and demand her freedom.
22-year-old Rung is a voice for young people in Thailand. She is one of many young people calling for equality, freedom of expression and systemic change in Thailand. She’s a leading voice in Thailand’s youth democracy movement.
Rung, which means ‘Rainbow’ in Thai, became politically active while studying sociology and anthropology at university in the capital, Bangkok. She bravely took part in protests for social and political change throughout 2020. By August, she had become a protest leader and was watched by thousands, calling for equality, freedom of expression and – what is a highly sensitive topic in Thailand – the reform of the monarchy. This unprecedented act propelled her onto the national stage.
But the authorities branded her a troublemaker, and in March 2020, she was detained by the Thai authorities. She was accused of provoking unrest and was arrested under sedition and lèse-majesté laws that make illegal the criticism of the monarchy. She now faces up to life in prison just for speaking out for freedom in her country.
Rung was detained for 60 days during which she was diagnosed with COVID-19. The authorities denied her bail six times. In defiance, she went on a 38-day hunger strike and was released on 30 April 2021. On November 15, Rung’s bail was revoked and she was detained again under charges of royal defamation for allegedly insulting the monarchy by wearing a crop top at a protest in 2020. This is the latest of many unjustified charges filed against her and others as a pretext to stop their activism.
Call on the Thai authorities to:
- Immediately drop all charges against Rung.
- Encourage and enable all people in Thailand to enjoy and exercise their human rights, including peaceful protest.