(7 February) The India-born anti-government activist has sought help from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to fight the government's effort to deport him.
The announcement was made by a representative of Mr. Satit Segal, who serves as a core leader of the People′s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD).
The Center for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) has previously stated that it has initiated the procedure to deport Mr. Satit, who is also known as Satish Segal, citing his lack of Thai citizenship. Mr. Satit contended that he had been living in the kingdom for decades and will not be cowed into leaving.
According to Ms. Chumsilpa Sotathipreedawong, Mr. Satit′s representative, a number of police officers have showed up at the PCAD leader′s residence even though the deportation document has not been issued.
"Mr. Satit is greatly worried," Ms. Chumsilpa said, "He has been conducting himself under the rights of assembly granted by the laws. He has not violated any laws".
Mr. Niran Pitakwatchara, chairman of the NHRC, said the Commission will urgently deliberate on the matter. He also called the alleged incidents of police officers entering Mr. Satit′s house an act of "intimidation".
The NHRC will additionally send a letter to CMPO chairman, Mr. Chalerm Yoobamrung, to request that he clarifies the threat of deportation.
"Mr. Satit has merely exercised his rights as a citizen," Mr. Niran said, "He has not committed any act of violence".
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