Amnesty International Thailand expresses its deepest condolences following the tragic death of Netiporn 'Bung' Sanesangkhom

14 May 2024

Amnesty International 

Amnesty International Thailand expresses its deepest condolences following the tragic death of Netiporn 'Bung' Sanesangkhom, an online English Teacher and pro-democracy activist, who passed away in detention at a correctional hospital after a prolonged hunger strike. Her death is a shocking reminder that Thai authorities are denying activists their right to temporary release on bail and using detention to silence the peaceful expression of dissent.

Netiporn 'Bung' Sanesangkhom died today in Bangkok, Thailand, from health complications after a 110- day hunger strike, protesting her detention since 27 January 2024 and the authorities' consistent refusal to grant temporary release on bail to her and other activists. This is a grim day for Thai society, highlighting the severe judicial harassment and the justice system's failure to recognize basic human rights. Speaking out should not lead to death; it should inspire change.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to Bung's family and friends. This tragic incident should serve as a wake-up call to Thai authorities to release all human rights defenders and activists who are unjustly detained and to respect their right to bail. We call on the authorities to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into Netiporn’s death and to ensure that such a tragedy never happens again.

Amnesty International Thailand demands immediate action to protect the rights, grants rights to bail and to uphold justice and human rights in the country.