Thailand has carried out the country’s first execution since 2009 and there are grave fears that others in Thai prisons are now at risk of execution.
On 18 June 2018, 26-year-old Theerasak Longji was executed by lethal injection. His family were not notified beforehand and never got the chance to say their goodbyes. He was allowed just one phone call with his wife shortly before he was killed.
Amnesty International has received information suggesting that several other prisoners have had their applications for royal pardon rejected and may be at imminent risk of execution. We need to act urgently to ensure no more people face the death penalty.
All people have the right to life and no state should be allowed to take that away from them. The death penalty is an irrevocable, cruel and inhumane punishment which most countries have now abolished. In fact, Thai authorities themselves have committed to its abolition.