A statistical profile of minors charged for political expression and protest, 2020-2021

*Last updated on February 28, 2021/6.00 PM

According to the TLHR database on juvenile prosecution (from 2020 onwards), at least 10 young people from among 19 cases have been prosecuted for political expression and protest.

So far, 3 youths have experienced detention without arrest warrants from the police. There were 3 youths filed with Section 112 of the Thai Criminal Code or the “lèse majesté” law. The complaints pertaining to royal defamation were initiated by fellow citizens.

No.Date of incidentIncriminating offenseName of the alleged offenderCharge(s)Case status
1
September 10, 2020 
Joining the #PeopleofNonthaburiAgainstAuthoritarians rally (in Thai: #คนนนท์ไม่ทนเผด็จการ)   at Nonthaburi Pier 
Thanakorn [surname withheld] 

(a 17-year-old youth)

Violation of the “Sedition” law, or Section 116 of the Criminal Code
Acknowledge a charge at Muang Nonthaburi Police Station on December 8, 2020 
2
September 28, 2020
Joining the #WeAreLookingForTheBigBoss rally (in Thai: #ตามหานาย) in front of the gates of the 4th Cavalry Division King’s Guard
Phum Hua Lamphong

(a 17-year-old youth)

Violation of the Public Assembly Act
Violation of the emergency decree 
Acknowledged charges at Phayathai Police Station on November 4, 2020 
3
October 13, 2020
Joining the #KhanaRatsadonIsaan rally (in Thai: #คณะราษฎรอีสาน) at Democracy Monument, prior to the major October 14 rally
Phum Hua Lamphong

(a 17-year-old youth)

Violation of the emergency decree 
Was detained without a warrant of arrest on October 13, 2020 
4
October 15, 2020 
Joining the #AtRatchaprasongOnOctober15 rally (in Thai: #15ตุลาไปราชประสงค์) at Ratchaprasong intersection
1. Lopnaphat Wangsit (aka “Min” from the “Bad Student” group)

2.Kanapod Yeamsanguansak (aka “Phum”, a 16-year-old member of the “Free Student” group)  

3. Benjamaporn Nivas (aka “Ploy”, a 16-year-old member from the “Bad Student” group) 

 

Violation of  the Severe State of Emergency Decree
Acknowledged a charge at Lumpini Police Station  on November 30, 2020
5
October 16, 2020
Joining the #AtPathumwanIntOnOctober16 rally (in Thai: #16ตุลาไปแยกปทุมวัน) at Pathumwan intersection 
Phum Hua Lamphong

(a 17-year-old youth)

Violation of  the Severe State of Emergency Decree
Acknowledged a charge at Pathumwan Police Station on December 7, 2020 
6
October 25, 2020 
Joining the #Oct25ToRatchaprasong rally (in Thai: #ม็อบ25ตุลา สี่แยกราชประสงค์)
Mimi (a 17-year-old youth) 
Violation of the Public Assembly Act
Violation of the emergency decree 
Acknowledged charges at Lumpini Police Station on January 13, 2021 
7
October 29, 2020
Partaking in ‘Commoners’ Runway’ at the #Oct29 rally, in front of the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Silom
Saichon [name changed for confidentiality reasons]
(a 16-year-old youth) 
Violation of Section 112 of the Criminal Code, or the lèse majesté law 
Acknowledged a charge at Yannawa Police Station on December 17, 2020 
8
November 1st, 2020 
Joining the #Nov1st rally (in Thai: #ม็อบ1พฤศจิกา) at Udom Suk and Bang Na intersections 
Thanakorn [surname withheld] 

(a 17-year-old youth)

Violation of the emergency decree 
Acknowledge a charge at Bang Na Police Station on November 30, 2020 
9
December 6, 2020
Joining the #Dec6 rally (in Thai: #ม็อบ6ธันวา) at Wongwian Yai 
Thanakorn [surname withheld] 

(a 17-year-old youth)

Violation of Section 112 of the Criminal Code, or the lèse majesté law 
Acknowledge a charge at Buppharam Police Station on January 11, 2021

Was brought to the Juvenile Court to issue a detention warrant before granted bail with a surety of 5,000 baht in cash

10
December 31, 2020
Joined other We Volunteer (WeVo) protest guards in organising a shrimp sale at the #GrillingShrimp rally, Sanam Luang. The event was intended to help shrimp vendors affected by COVID-19.
Phum Hua Lamphong

(a 17-year-old youth)

Violation of the emergency decree  
Violation of the Sound Amplifier Act 
Violation of the Communicable Diseases Act 
Was arrested without a warrant on December 31, 2020 
11
December 31, 2020
Joined other We Volunteer (WeVo) protest guards in organizing a shrimp sale at the #GrillingShrimp rally, Sanam Luang. 
Pleum [name changed for confidentiality reasons]
(a 17-year-old youth)
Violation of the emergency decree  
Violation of the Sound Amplifier Act 
Violation of the Communicable Diseases Act 
Was arrested without a warrant on December 31, 2020 
12
December 20, 2020 
Joined the #LetsWearCropTops parade (in Thai: #แต่งครอปท็อป) at Siam Paragon shopping mall 
Thanakorn [surname withheld] 

(a 17-year-old youth)

Violation of Section 112 of the Criminal Code, or the lèse majesté law 
Already acknowledged charges at Pathumwan Police Station on January 20, 2021
13
December 20, 2020 
Joined the #LetsWearCropTops parade  at Siam Paragon shopping mall 
“Nat”, a 17-year-old youth
Violation of Section 112 of the Criminal Code, or the lèse majesté law 
Already acknowledged charges at Pathumwan Police Station on January 20, 2021
14
January 24, 2021
Posting a sticker #Repeal112 at Democracy Monument
“Nat”, a 17-year-old youth
Violation of the Act on the Maintenance of the Cleanliness and Orderliness of the Country
Paying 2,000 baht fine to police at Samranrat Police Station
15
December 31, 2020
Hanging the cloth banner #Repeal112 in front of the Crown Property Bureau and Giant Swing
Phum Hua Lamphong

(a 17-year-old youth)

Violation of the Act on the Maintenance of the Cleanliness and Orderliness of the Country
Paying 2,000 baht fine to police at Samsen Police Station on January 26, 2021
16
January 14, 2021
Joining the mass at Klong Luang Police Station after the arrest of Sirichai according to the warrant in lese majeste charge 
Phum Hua Lamphong

(a 17-year-old youth)

Violation of the Emergency Decree

Violation of the Communicable Diseases Act 

Contempt of Cop

Already acknowledged charges at Khlong Luang Police Station on February 5, 2021
17
January 15, 2021
Joining the mass at Klong Luang Police Station to cheer up “Dave Chayapol” who was reportedly to receive arrest warrants
Saichon [name changed for confidentiality reasons]

(a 16-year-old youth) 

Violation of the emergency decree

Violation of the Sound Amplifier Act

Violation of the Communicable Diseases Act 

Contempt of Cop

Violation of Section 215 of Thai Criminal Code “Assembly of ten persons or more to threaten or do an act of violence”

Already acknowledged charges at Khlong Luang Police Station on February 5, 202
18
February 1, 2021
Joining the protest against the coup in Myanmar in front of the Embassy of Myanmar 
“Nat”, a 17-year-old youthViolation of Section 215 of Thai Criminal Code with the second paragraph “Assembly of ten persons or more to threaten or do an act of violence while persons are armed with a weapon”

Section 138 of Thai Criminal Code with Section 140 “Altogether resist or obstruct the officials on duty”

Section 296 of Thai Criminal Code “Altogether assault the officials on duty which causing a physical or psychological harm”

Violation of the emergency decree

Violation of the Communicable Diseases Act 

Already acknowledged charges at Yannawa Police Station on February 19, 2021
19
 
February 10, 2021
 
Joining the #Feb10Rally #BangingPotsandPanstoExpelDictators at Pathumwan Intersection
 
Phum Hua Lamphong

(a 17-year-old youth)

Owning an illegal handheld transceiver 
Arrested without a warrant on February 10, 2021
 
Fifa, a 16-year-old minorOwning an illegal handheld transceiver