News and Media Blogs Justice for Prisoners in Thailand Written by Mark Natanawan Recently, the military government of the country of Thailand announced they would begin looking into the possibility of prison and criminal law reforms. These reforms, according to a government spokesperson, would be aimed at addressing current issues with conditions in over-capacity prisons and arbitrarily harsh punishment for small crimes. According to the International Federation for Human Rights, around 300,000 people are incarcerated across the country of Thailand. This is over twice the capacity that existing prisons there are intended to hold. Due to this, Thai prisons are regularly found to be severely overcrowded, with prisoners living in squalid conditions inside. Criticisms that have been levelled at Thai criminal law range from focusing on the large number of unnecessary and unreasonable jail terms for drug charges to the attempts of the government to jail pro-democracy activists and protesters. While this announcement does signal the potential beginning of progress for justice in the country, no specifics were laid out for how reform would take place. It remains to be seen whether any changes will be carried out in reality. Read the full article. Prisoners Abroad provides a lifeline to British citizens who are incarcerated in prisons in Thailand and around the world. Through our provision of basic necessities such as food, drinking water, toiletries and medical care, we support those who are forced to live in oftentimes cruel prison conditions internationally. One prisoner incarcerated in Thailand who is supported by Prisoners Abroad, stated: “Knowing that Prisoners Abroad cared about my well-being gave me the strength and mentality to fight for my life…I appreciate it more than I can put into words. I don’t want to know what my life here would be like without it.” To learn more about the lives of prisoners who have shared their stories with Prisoners Abroad, click here.