On 1 February 2012, 224 noted international scholars, writers, and activists sent an open letter to Yingluck Shinawatra expressing grave concern over the use of Article 112 and the erosion of the basic rights of those who face charges under it. The letter notes that “Article 112 has become a powerful tool to silence political dissent, and in particular, any dissent interpreted as disloyalty to the monarchy.”
The letter is explicitly in support the call of the Campaign Committee to Amend Article 112 (CCAA112/ครก.112) to reform Article 112 in line with the amendment proposed by the Khana Nitirat. The signatories support the CCAA112 and the amendment law because “reform is necessary to protect the basic rights of Thai citizens and support the consolidation of democracy and the rule of law.”
The signatories of the letter include distinguished scholars, writers, and activists from 16 countries and territories: Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, UK, US.