Joint Letter: Thai officials must drop all the ongoing prosecutions under the Emergency Decree

On November 8, 2022, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights together with 23 other Human Rights Organizations submitted a letter to various foreign embassies in Thailand including the members states of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation or APEC such as the embassies of The United States of America, Canada, and Australia, the European Union member states such […]

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09/11/2565

The Number of Prosecutions under “Lèse Majesté” in 2020-2022

The number of prosecutions under “Lèse Majesté” from 24 November 2020 – 20 June 2022 *Last edited 16 September 2022 On 19 November 2020, General Prayut Chan-o-cha issued a statement regarding the political situation by declaring that it was necessary to increase intensified suppressing measure by enforcing every law and section against protesters who violate […]

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19/10/2565

BRIEFING: CHILDREN’S EXERCISE OF THE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND ASSEMBLY IN THAILAND

On 20 September 2022, Amnesty International Thailand together with Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) organized a briefing on Children’s Exercise of the Freedom of Expression and Assembly in Thailand at The Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn. The participants include representatives from TLHR, Amnesty International Thailand, Foreign Embassies, OHCHR, UNICEF, Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection, […]

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30/09/2565

A statistical profile of minors charged for political expression and protest, 2020-2022

*Last updated on 16 September 2022 According to TLHR database on Juvenile prosecution (from 2020 onwards), at least 283 youths from 211 cases have been prosecuted for political expression and protest. After the phenomenon of continuous leaderless protest from 2nd August 2021 to the end of October 2021 at Din Daeng Triangle, the youth activist […]

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16/09/2565

“Eia” A 12-year-old child who is a favorite among protestors and faces up to four years in prison

Series: YOUNG มีหวัง Seventeen years – the age of “Thanakon,” the first youth charged with violation of Article 116 of the Criminal Code and “Sainam,” the first youth charged with violation of Article 112 (lèse-majesté) of the Criminal Code. Sixteen years – the age of “Nat,” the youth who experienced the longest period of detention […]

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25/08/2565

A Fight to declare “We are not Alone.” A Talk with “Mimi” Nitchakarn, a Young Political Activist

“Mimi” is a 18-year-old feminist activist who is passionate about advocating for gender diversity. Since 2020, she has been participating in political demonstrations related to various socio-political issues. She has been charged with 6 political charges during her journey of activism. While participating in political activities, she has slowly discovered her passion. “Jai Foo” (Rising […]

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09/08/2565

Bail money for political cases related to rights to freedom of expression and assembly exceeds 30 million baht (one million USD)

Between 18 July 2020, the first Free Youth rally, and 22 July 2021, a total of 34,509,500 baht (approx. 1,049,942 USD)[1] were paid to the court as bail surety for 582 times for 404 individuals in 167 cases.[2] Such high amounts of surety money illustrate the overburdening costs put on those charged from exercising civil […]

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23/07/2564

June 2024: A total of 1,954 individuals prosecuted in 1,297 political cases

June 2024 Total number of politically charged personsAltogether 1,954 persons in 1,297 cases  No. of alleged offenders No. of cases Section 112 272 303 Section 116 152 50 Violating Emergency Decree 1,466 671 Public Assembly Act  181 99 Computer Crimes Act 202 225 Contempt of Court 43 25 (At least 34 persons indicted in 10 […]

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11/07/2567

UN Letter to Thai Government: UN Experts “Alarmed” by Record-Breaking 50-Year Prison Term under Thailand’s Lèse-Majesté Law

On 13 March 2024, UN Special Procedures submitted a joint letter of allegation to the Thai government concerning the use of the lèse-majesté law by Thai authorities to prosecute individuals who expressed opinions deemed to be critical of the Thai monarchy. In particular, this letter came after the Thai Court of Appeals Region 5 sentenced […]

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28/05/2567

Secretariat of the House of Representatives launched a public consultation on People’s Amnesty Bill, which will take place between 13 May-12 June 2024 via Parliamentary website

On 8 May 2024, Pol. Sub-Lt. Arpath Sukhanan, secretary of the House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretariat of The House of Representatives, sent a letter to Ms. Poonsuk Poonsukcharoen, a representative from the People’s Amnesty Network who kickstarted the introduction of the People’s Amnesty Bill into Parliament. The letter indicates that the Bill […]

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24/05/2567

Overcoming Threats with a Brave Heart : Opening speech for Murdered Justice 21 May 2024

To all who cherish and desire democracy Coup in 2014 The coup in 2014 had a profound impact on Thai society and people. At the time, the coup took away the opportunity for Thai society to peacefully progress towards democracy. Although many citizens demanded and expressed their desire for change, they were instead subjected to […]

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24/05/2567

Updates on the situation of political prisoners between 1 April – 14 May 2024

“Bung” died in custody while being detained in Section 112 (lese-majeste) case. Currently, 43 individuals are being detained as political prisoners, including 25 facing Section 112 charges.   27 pre-trial detainees are being denied the right to bail.   As of 14 May 2024, at least 43 individuals remained in detention for political charges, setting a record […]

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20/05/2567

Pro-democracy activist “Bung” passed away while in the custody of the Department of Corrections

Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) urgently calls your attention to the passing of pro-democracy activist and human rights defender, Ms. Natiporn or “Bung” (last name withheld), on the morning of 14 May 2024, while she was in the custody of the Department of Corrections. Her detention stemmed from her conviction on 26 January 2024 […]

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15/05/2567

March 2024: 1,293 political cases have been filed against 1,954 people.

In March, the number of lèse-majesté lawsuits filed since 2020 surpassed 300, with six new cases filed last month. More individuals are being imprisoned due to denial bail requests. Additionally, the police has pursued charges against participants of public assemblies, such as the P-Move protest during Srettha’s government era. Charges under the Emergency Decree are […]

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17/04/2567

What is the People’s Amnesty Bill? And Why Does Thailand Need It?

The current state of human rights in Thailand remains grim. Since Thailand’s 2006 coup, at least 5,027 individuals have been prosecuted for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. Almost a third of these prosecutions occurred between 18 July 2020 and 31 January 2024, during which at least 1,947 individuals were politically […]

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22/02/2567

January 2024: a total of 1,947 people have been politically prosecuted resulting in 1,268 lawsuits

The inaugural month of 2024 saw a slight uptick in the number of political cases, characterized by four new lawsuits, including at least one lèse majesté case. The courts continued to pass judgments for cases that arose between 2020 and 2022 throughout the month, with eleven lèse majesté cases reaching the courts’ decisions. A notable […]

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19/02/2567
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