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Thailand: Further information on fear of imminent execution: At least 36 people on death row

, Index number: ASA 39/007/1999

Amnesty International has learnt that 30 people on death row had their sentences commuted to life imprisonment as part of a Royal Amnesty. According to reports 16 people who have exhausted all their appeals remain on death row. More than 100 people sentenced to death have still to complete the appeals procedure.

PUBLIC AI Index: ASA 39/07/99
16 December 1999
Further information on EXTRA 144/99 (ASA 39/03/99, 13 October 1999) and
follow-up (ASA 39/05/99, 24 November 1999) - Fear of imminent execution
KINGDOM OF THAILAND16 people on death row
Amnesty International has learnt that 30 people on death row had their sentences
commuted to life imprisonment as part of a Royal Amnesty on the occasion of
the 72
nd
birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on 5 December 1999.
According to reports 16 people who have exhausted all their appeals remain
on death row. More than 100 people sentenced to death have still to complete
the appeals procedure.
On 23 November the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence imposed on two Israeli
nationals - Yosef Ohana and Avraham Huri - for heroin trafficking. They now
have 60 days to appeal for clemency. Four other foreign nationals from Hong
Kong, Myanmar, Nigeria and Taiwan are reported to be on death row.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/
airmail letters in English or in your own language:
- welcoming the commutation of 30 people’s death sentences as part of the Royal
Amnesty on the occasion of the birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej;
- expressing concern that 16 people who have exhausted all their appeals against
their death sentences remain on death row and may be scheduled for execution;
- urging the authorities to establish an immediate moratorium on all executions,
to commute all outstanding death sentences, and to take steps to remove the
death penalty from all legislation, in line with international standards and
recommendations from the United Nations Commission for Human Rights adopted
in its most recent resolution in April 1999.
APPEALS TO:
Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai
Office of the Prime Minister
Government House
Pitsanuloke Road, Dusit
Bangkok 10300
Thailand
Telegrams: Prime Minister, Bangkok, Thailand
Faxes:+ 66 2 280 1443
Salutation:Dear Prime Minister
Sanan Kachornprasart
Minister of Interior
Ministry of Interior
Thanon Atsadang
Bangkok 10200
Thailand
Telegrams:Interior Minister, Bangkok, Thailand
Faxes:+ 66 2 223 8851
Salutation:Dear Minister
COPIES TO:
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The Editor
The Nation
44 Moo 10
Bangna-Trat Road, K.M. 4.5
Bangna
Phra Khanong
Bangkok 10260, Thailand
Faxes:+ 66 2 317 2071
E-mail:editor@nation.nationgroup.com
The Editor
Bangkok Post
136 Na Ranong Road
Off Sunthorn Kosa Road
Klong Toey
Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Faxes:+ 66 2 240 3666
E-mail:postbag@bangkokpost.net
and to diplomatic representatives of the Kingdom of Thailand accredited to
your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 27 January 2000.

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