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19 September, 2008
Dear Prime Minister of Kingdom of Thailand,
On behalf of 70,000 members of Japan Confederation of Railway Workers’ Unions (JRU) I would sincerely like to ask the honorable government of Kingdom of Thailand to withdraw the arrest warrants for the PAD leaders including our longstanding friend, Mr. Somsak Kosaisook.
We know the Government issued arrest warrants, on 27 August, on charge of insurrection, conspiracy, illegal assembly and refusing orders to disperse. Insurrection, which is the legal equivalent of treason, carries a maximum penalty of death or life imprisonment. What they have done is, I believe, of obvious interest for the country by protecting the state constitution and also protect the country from the corrupted government by peaceful means joined by various group of people in the society. And their non-violent struggle was for true democracy and for the benefit and interest of Thai people.
Mr. Somsak Kosaisook is our longstanding friend, and he is a person of character and a good leader of trade unions in Thailand. He is a vice chair of International Center for Labor Solidarity (ICLS) which retains several trade unions of the countries located in Asia-Pacific region. JRU is one of the affiliates.
Once again it is our earnest desire for the government to rescind the arrest warrants. We hope your adequate measures.
President of JRU
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