Thailand: Deteriorating health and arbitrary detention of two pro-democracy activists

On 7 July 2022, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Thailand. Description of the situation: The Observatory has been informed of the deteriorating health of Natthanit Duangmusit, aka “Baipor”, and Netiporn Sanesangkhom, aka “Bung”, […]

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08/07/2565

Joint Press Release: Number of individuals charged with lèse-majesté passes 200

(Bangkok, Paris) The number of individuals charged with royal defamation has passed 200 in just over 18 months, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) said on 17 June 2022. Arrests, detentions, and prosecutions under Article 112 of Thailand’s Criminal Code (lèse-majesté) have mainly targeted pro-democratic activists and protesters […]

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20/06/2565

Ruling of the People’s Court: Equal Marriage

Amidst the greater calls for gender diversity in Thailand, people, therefore, have expectation towards the Constitutional Court that it would voted to guarantee the diversity such as #EqualMarriage in Thailand. However, on 17 November 2021, the Constitutional Court ruled against marriage equality that section 1448 of the Civil and Commercial Code, stating that marriage is […]

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19/05/2565

Joint Letter to President Biden Re: Thailand’s Abusive Draft Law on Not-For-Profit Organizations

May 12, 2022 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. The White House Washington, DC Re: Thailand’s abusive draft law on not-for-profit organizations Dear President Biden, We, the undersigned non-profit organizations, are writing to express our serious concerns regarding Thailand’s Draft Act on the Operations of Not-for-Profit Organizations, which the Thai Cabinet approved in principle on January […]

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12/05/2565

Thailand: Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Tantawan Tuatulanon

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Thailand. Description of the situation: The Observatory has been informed about the arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Ms. Tantawan Tuatulanon, a pro-democracy student activist associated […]

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25/04/2565

Public Statement to condemn the biased and inadequate public consultation of the Draft Act on the Operation of Not-for-Profit Organizations B.E….by the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security

The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security designated pursuant to the cabinet resolution on 4 January 2022 to be in charge of the Draft Act on the Operation of Not-for-Profit Organizations B.E….prepared by the Office of Council of State with approval from the cabinet. This involved undertaking a public consultation and public assessment of […]

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07/04/2565

Wanchalearm Satsaksit Remains Missing as UN Body Begins Review of Enforced Disappearances in Cambodia

April 4, 2022 – We, the undersigned organisations, remain deeply concerned about Cambodia’s failure to conduct a thorough, independent, transparent, and effective investigation into the suspected enforced disappearance of Thai activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit and the resulting impunity. As the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) prepares for a preliminary review of the situation of enforced […]

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04/04/2565

10 Reasons why we should oppose the Draft Act on the Operations of Not-for-Profit Organizations

On 23 February 2021, the Cabinet passed a resolution approving the Draft Act on the Operations of Not-for-Profit Organizations, developed by the Office of the Council of State, and assigning the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security to hold public hearings for it. The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security is currently allowing […]

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04/04/2565

The Thai Government fails to address international concern over key human rights issues at UN-backed review

Bangkok, Paris, 17 march 2022. The Thai government failed to address international concerns by refusing to accept key human rights recommendations that Thailand received during its third Universal Periodic Review (UPR), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and its member organizations Internet Law Reform Dialogue (iLaw), Manushya Foundation, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), […]

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18/03/2565

Public Statement: The Revenue Department used as a political tool to discriminate against CSOs

While the Government of General Prayut Chan-ocha is making an effort to introduce a law to empower the state to control and restrict independence of civil society organizations which operate for community and social development without seeking profits, there has been an order from the government for the Revenue Department to conduct tax audits on […]

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14/03/2565

UN body demands immediate release of woman jailed for record lèse-majesté sentence

(Bangkok, Paris) Thai authorities should immediately release lèse-majesté detainee Anchan Preelerd, the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) urged in an opinion adopted on 17 November 2021 and issued on 20 December. Anchan, 65, is currently serving a prison sentence of 43 years and six months for violating Article 112 of the […]

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17/01/2565

International concern mounts over key human rights issues at UN-backed review

(Bangkok, Paris) The Thai government should address international concerns by accepting and implementing key human rights recommendations that Thailand received during its third Universal Periodic Review (UPR), FIDH and its member organizations Internet Law Reform Dialogue (iLaw), Manushya Foundation, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), and Union for Civil Liberty (UCL) said today. “Since the […]

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