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

November 2023: a total of 1,935 people have been politically prosecuted in 1,262 cases

In November, political prosecution continued, including the filing of at least four new lese-majeste cases. Meanwhile, various courts have passed verdicts in lese-majeste cases week after week, driving the number of people detained during and after trials up by at least 20. As for the situation regarding sedition charges under Section 116, the courts have […]

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19/12/2566

4 Human rights organizations call for amending Section 112 stating Lèse-majesté verdicts reach 100 in less than two years

In less than two years, the number of verdicts in lèse-majesté cases has reached 100, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Union for Civil Liberty (UCL), and Internet Law Reform Dialogue (iLaw) said today. Most of these cases were brought in connection with the defendants’ participation in pro-democracy […]

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31/10/2566

Summary of the witnesses testimony before judgment day, historic criminal lawsuit against the Thai Queen.

On June 28, 2023, at 9:30 a.m., the Criminal Court scheduled a hearing in the case of five activists, namely Ekachai Hongkangwan, Boonkueanun Paothong, Suranat Paenprasert and two other people charged for an assault on the Queen’s liberty. The combined charges include Section 110 of the Criminal Code for violations against the Queen or her […]

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27/06/2566

“Petch” Thanakorn sentenced to 3 years in prison for violating the lèse-majesté law but court suspended the sentence and required “Petch” to enter a probation plan

On 22 December 2022, the Juvenile and Family Court in Nonthaburi Province sentenced “Petch” Thanakorn to 3 years of imprisonment for violating Section 112 (lèse-majesté) of the Criminal Code. This marked the second case for Petch and in Thailand in which a child who did not plead guilty to Section 112 charge was convicted by […]

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23/12/2565

Electronic Monitoring device became an additional organ bringing pain into the life of ‘Big’, a Political Activist.

“Big” Kiattichai Tangpornphan is a fourth-year political science student at Thammasat University. He is a member of United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration, and, one of many who were prosecuted for political expression. He is now living under restrictions including having to wear an EM Ankle bracelet at all times.  “Big” was prosecuted for Royal […]

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11/11/2565

Statistics: At least 80 activists and individuals required to wear Electronic Monitoring ankle bracelet (EM) during trials.

As of October 10,2022 there are at least 80 individuals who were charged on the basis of their political expressions and received an order to wear Electronic Monitoring Anklets (EM) during trials. Since March 2018, the Ministry of Justice has employed EM to be attached to accused individuals as part of bail conditions or in […]

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03/11/2565

“Pakpinya” sentenced to a nine-year jail term by Narathiwat Provincial Court for sharing three Facebook posts that allegedly violated Section 112.

On 19 October 2022 Narathiwat Provincial Court read the verdict of “Pakpinya”, a 31-year-old former librarian in Bangkok who was charged under Section 112 of Thailand’s Criminal Code and Computer Crime Act 14 (3). She was accused of posting six texts allegedly insulting King Maha Vajiralongkorn (Rama X)  Pakpinya was convicted under Section 112 (Lese-Majesty) […]

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20/10/2565

Keep an Eye on Court’s Judgment in Tiwagorn Case — Wearing a Shirt “I have lost faith in the monarchy”

On 29 September 2022, the Khon Kaen Provincial Court will deliver its judgment in the case involving Mr. Tiwagorn Withiton, a 46-year-old farmer from Khon Kaen, who was indicted by the prosecutor on the basis of Sections 112 (lèse-majesté) and 116(3) (sedition) and Section 14(3) of the Computer Crime Act for posting a photo of […]

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27/09/2565

The Court of Appeals reversed the decision of the Court of First Instance in Adisak’s contempt of court case involving the tapping of a warder’s shoulder, reasoning that the accused was defending his right to a fair trial.

On 6 September 2022 at 9.30 AM, Adisak Sombatkam, a former Future Forward Party MP and one of the defendants in the #19September protest case, along with his lawyer, travelled to the Court of Appeals to hear the verdict in his contempt of court case. Adisak was accused of rising from the bench in the […]

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19/09/2565

9 Observations: 2 Years under the Enforcement of the Emergency Decree on Public Assembly

26 March 2022 marks the second-year anniversary since Gen. Prayuth Chan-o-cha, the Prime Minister, has promulgated the Emergency Decree nationwide in response to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). However, this also means that the public assembly, as well as other strong and outspoken political movements, have been under control of the regulations under the […]

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12/04/2565

Interview: Voices of ‘Joseph’ who cut himself in courtroom, calling for #ReleaseOurFriends

On 11 October 2021 at the Southern Bangkok Criminal Court, 9:00 am, the court had an appointment to examine the evidence in the case of the #Mob26Oct rallies in front of the German embassy on 26 October 2020.  At courtroom 503, after the lawyer waited for 4 hours, the judge gave the reason for being […]

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