Nearly every Sunday afternoon since March 2012, a dedicated group of Red Shirts have gathered in front of Ratchada Criminal Court under the banner “Declaration of Street Justice”. Organized by Dr Suda Rangkupan, a professor of linguistics at Chulalongkorn University, the “Friends of Thai Political Prisoners”, or the Street Justice movement, is committed to protecting the human rights of political prisoners in Thailand and 112 (lèse majesté) prisoners in particular.
The group advocates amnesty for political prisoners and strongly supports, not only an amendment to 112, but reform to all of Thailand’s defamation laws which they argue are in violation of Thailand’s international human rights obligations. At the very least, 112 prisoners should be recognized as political prisoners, they argue. Since the current judicial system does not recognize 112 prisoners as ‘political’, they are placed in the much harsher conditions of Bangkok Remand Prison and are almost always denied bail, yet another human rights violation.