COVID-19 and Restrictions on Freedom of Expression under the Emergency Decree

The COVID-19 outbreak is a deadly global pandemic that originated from large-scale infectionsin December 2019. The first patient who contracted the virus was found in Wuhan, China.Meanwhile, Thailand reported the first case of COVID-19 infection in January 2020. Nonetheless, in the beginning, Thailand’s infection rate did not increase significantly. Thegovernment decided to use existing legal […]

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Voices from detained activists with Covid-19: “The Department of Corrections Hospital has no capacity to handle Covid-19 patients.”

26 August 2021 TLHR’s lawyers visited 6 activists today, namely Parit Chiwarak, Promsorn Veerathamjaree, Panupong Jadnok, Chatchai Kaedam, Sam Samat and Sirichai Natueng from the #Mob2August case at the Department of Corrections Hospital. In this case, a total of 9 activists surrendered themselves to the police and were immediately detained. Seven have tested positive for […]

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01/09/2564

Number of protesters arrested in August reached 260, including 70 children and youths, while 53 got injured

Thailand’s political temperature is rising in August 2021 as protesters have returned to the street to call for General Prayut Chan-o-cha to step down from his position due to the Prime Minister’s failure to manage the COVID-19 crisis, including the issues of vaccine administration, economic downturn, and intense rollout of new rules for restricting freedom […]

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31/08/2564

Bail denied for 2nd time! Lèse-majesté case of Arnon, related to #HarryRally 2, and eight pro-democracy activists, related to #2Aug.Rally, citing no reasonable reasons to change the order

On 18 August 2021 at 10.00 hr., the lawyers submitted bail motion of nine activists remaining detained during the police investigation. The bail motion was submitted to the Southern Bangkok Criminal Court for Arnon in the Section 112 of the Thai Criminal Code case related to the speech given in #HarryPotterRally 2 on 3 August […]

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22/08/2564

9 pro-democracy activists denied bail regarding #2Aug.Rally in front of the Border Patrol Police Region 1, demanding the release of Thalufah members, citing without fear of the law.

On 9 August 2021 at the Thanyaburi Provicial Court, 9 pro-democracy activists were denied of their bails regarding the rally demanding the release of Thalufah members in front of the Border Patrol Police Region 1. 32 Thalufah members were arrested during the rally “release our friend, return democracy” in front of the Police Sport Club […]

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15/08/2564

5 Thalufah activists charged in 4 cases, splattering paint color at Thung Song Hong Police Station-Phalang Pracharat headquarters – Bhumjaithai headquarter – casting candle, before denying Pai’s bail citing that he committed harmful acts

On 9 August 2021 at 9.00 hr., “Pai” Jatupat Boonpattararaksa and Tawee Tiangviset, pro-democracy activists from “Thalufah” group, surrendered themselves to the police officers at Thung Song Hong Police Station according to the arrest warrant issued by the Ratchada Criminal Court no. 1253/2564 and 1255/2564, respectively, dated 4 August 2021. They were charged with the […]

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15/08/2564

“Prayut issued a regulation blocking internet access upon unlawful conditions without legal authority.”: Observations about Emergency Decree Regulation No. 29

On 29 July 2021, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha exercised his power under Section 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situation B.E. 2548 (2005) to issue Regulation issued under Section 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situation B.E. 2548 (2005) (No. 29) [Hereinafter “Emergency Decree Regulation (No. 29)”]. The […]

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31/07/2564

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

Joint letter on prison conditions and COVID-19

Somsak ThepsutinMinister of Justice404 Chaeng Wattana Road,Thung Song Hong, Lak Si,Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok, 19 July 2021 Re: Urgently address overcrowding, protect prisoners’ health during COVID-19 crisis Dear Mr. Somsak, We, the undersigned national and international human rights organizations, reiterate our calls for the Ministry of Justice to take urgent measures to address ongoing overcrowding and the […]

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19/07/2564

World Refugee Day: The Ambiguity in the Search for Wanchalerm and the Gridlock in the Thai-Cambodian Justice System

It has been a year since Wanchalerm ‘Tar’ Satsaksit, a Thai democracy and LGBTQI activist and political exile, was disappeared in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on 4 June 2020. Like his fate, the effort to reveal the truth remains uncertain, as both the Thai and Cambodian government are still lost at the pre-trial stage. On 4 […]

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09/07/2564

UN body petitioned over record-breaking prison sentence in lèse-majesté case

(Bangkok, Paris) FIDH and Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) today petitioned the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) to seek the release of Anchan Preelerd, who is currently serving the longest prison sentence ever imposed under Article 112 of the Thai Criminal Code (lèse-majesté). Anchan, 65, is currently incarcerated at the […]

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