11 July 2024

Two Thai hunger strikers, Tantawan Tuatulanon and Orawan Phuphong, left Thammasat University Hospital this afternoon (Friday) for the Supreme Court, to continue their hunger strike.

The two young pro-democracy activists were wheeled out of the hospital on gurneys and were taken by ambulance to the Supreme Court.

They had been treated at the hospital for more than five weeks, during which they refused to eat, but were kept on saline drips

In her Facebook post, Tantawan said that both of them had decided to continue their hunger strike until “the powers-that-be” agree to recognise the right of suspects and defendants to be granted bail when on remand and during their trials in criminal cases.

She said that they both decided to leave the hospital to continue their strike in front of the Supreme Court, and insist on their right to refuse treatment without their consent, in order to achieve their goals.

Tantawan also said that they are fully aware of the risks to their lives, as their doctors explained them while they were fully conscious and in the presence of witnesses.

The two activists are campaigning for the right to bail or release of all political detainees and prisoners. Both have been charged with lèse majesté, among multiple other charges, and are currently out on bail.