New wave of lèse-majesté could result in jail sentences totaling 100+ years, report warns

(Bangkok, Paris) A new wave of arrests, detentions, and prosecutions for royal defamation could result in several pro-democracy activists receiving prison sentences ranging between 120 and 300 years, a new report released today by FIDH, Thai Lawyer for Human Rights (TLHR), and Internet Law Reform Dialogue (iLaw) warns. The report, titled “Second wave: The return […]

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05/10/2564

The Number of Prosecutions under “Lèse Majesté” in 2020-2021

The number of prosecutions under “Lèse Majesté” from November 24, 2020 – 19 October 2021 *Last edited 19 October 2021 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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17/09/2564

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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07/09/2564

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

Number of persons held in custody at Border Patrol Police Region 1 – The Narcotic Suppression Bureau from participating in political assemblies

There has been a slew of persons relentlessly being taken to and detained at the Border Patrol Police Region 1 in Pathumthani Province as a result of their participation in political assemblies in Bangkok. According to the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), from 13 October 2020 to 3 August 2021, at least 335 individuals […]

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24/08/2564

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

High school students filed lawsuits against MoE, demanding their rights over #OwnFreakingHead

Back to School: High school students filed lawsuits against Ministry of Education, demanding their rights over bodily integrity as teachers continue the practice of shaving off students’ hair Since Monday 14 June 2021, students across Thailand returned to school upon the start of their first semester after the third wave of the COVID-19 outbreak, which […]

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12/07/2564

Prosecutions under “Contempt of Court and Insulting the Court” spike in 2021

According to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR)’s documentation records, at least 18 people have been charged with “Contempt of Court” for political reasons in 14 cases since the Free Youth Group’s first demonstration on 18 July 2020. Among the 14 cases, 12 of them are linked to the accused’s involvement in activities calling for […]

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