“Petch” Thanakorn sentenced to 2 years jail term for violating Section 112 but the Central Juvenile and Family court replaced imprisonment with an order to enter a Juvenile Practice and Training Center.

On November 22,2022, the Central Juvenile and Family court delivered the first judgment of a juvenile case charged under section 112 (Lèse-majesté),Black case number Yor Chor Aor. 109/2564. “Petch” Thanakorn (last name withheld), a nineteen-years old LGBTQ+ activist, who was indicted on the ground of violating Section 112 (lèse-majesté) for giving a speech that allegedly […]

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23/11/2565

Keep an Eye on Court’s Judgement in “Petch” case – the first Central Juvenile and Family Court’s judgement of a juvenile case charged under section 112 (lèse-majesté) for giving a speech on 6 December 2020 at Wongwian Yai.

November 22, 2022 marks the first Central Juvenile and Family Court’s judgement of a juvenile case charged under section 112 (Lèse-majesté) of Black case number Yor Chor Aor 109/2564. “Petch” Thanakorn (last name withheld) a nineteen-years old LGBTQ+ activist who was indicted on the ground of violating Section 112 (lèse-majesté), one of Thailand’s strictest Criminal […]

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21/11/2565

“Yellow Duck Calendar” defendant requested the Constitutional Court to review the unconstitutionality of the National Administrative Reform Council’s (NARC) order (B.E. 1976) that increased the penalty of Section 112 (Lèse-majesté),The Criminal Court approved the request.

On 3rd November 2022, Taling Chan Criminal Court tried the witness’ examination of“Ton Mai” case under Section 112 (Lèse-majesté) of Thailand Criminal Code for selling “Yellow Duck Calendar 2021” on “Ratsadorn” Facebook page as the police accused the defendant that the “Yellow Duck Calendar” allegedly contain texts and pictures defaming the royal family. The police […]

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14/11/2565

October 2022: at least 1,864 people were politically prosecuted in 1,145 cases

During the month of October, there were not many new individuals being prosecuted. However, the cases charged under Section 112 (Lèse-majesté) of Thailand’s Criminal Code and cases on the ground of violating the Emergency Decree for holding public assemblies during 2020 are still ongoing in court proceedings, including hearing verdicts. Even though the Emergency Decree […]

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09/11/2565

More than 574 cases are still ongoing, despite the Emergency Degree being lifted.

30 September 2022 marks the last day of the effect of the declaration of an emergency situation to handle the Covid-19 outbreak in all areas of the country following the Cabinet’s resolution. First announced on 26 March 2020 and subsequently extended 19 times every 1 – 2 months, the emergency situation in Thailand was effective […]

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25/10/2565

Thailand’s first Juvenile “Mimi” who was charged for violating the Emergency Decree, acquitted of all charges, Juvenile court ruled.

On 22 September 2022, Thailand’s Juvenile and Family Court read the verdict of “Mimi” an 18-year-old activist. She was the first child charged with violating the Emergency Decree for her activism at the #25Oct20 protest at Ratchaprasong Intersection. “The defendant was only 16 years old at that time and was interested in the nation’s political situation, thus, […]

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23/09/2565

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

August 2022: 1,853 people politically prosecuted in 1,120 cases

In August 2022, at least 29 individuals are still in detention during their political trials. Arrests under section 112, the lèse-majesté law of Thailand’s Strictest Criminal Code continue to occur periodically with the police usually seeking arrest warrants from the court immediately without issuing summons prior to making an arrest . Additionally, the court continued […]

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16/09/2565

Jatuporn “New” Sae-Ung sentenced to three years in prison for mocking Queen Suthida, currently on temporary release with bail.

On 12 September 2022, the Bangkok South Criminal Court sentenced Ms. Jatuporn “New” Sae-Ung, a 26-year-old pro-democracy activist, to 3 years of imprisonment for the violation of  Section 112 and 1,500 baht fine for violating the Public Assembly Act. The lèse-majesté  law is one of Thailand’s strictest Criminal Code. The accusation made against Jatuporn was […]

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15/09/2565

Political Cases in 2022: 3 Cases Heard in Closed Trials, No Notetaking Allowed in 11 Cases, Court Whittled Witness List and Did Not Issued Subpoenas in Lèse-majesté Cases

In 2022, political prosecutions, deriving from political assembly and expression, remain intense. Particularly, cases initiated in 2020-2021 have been indicted, and as such, witness examinations and presentation of evidence by the defense go on constantly in court trials nationwide.    In addition to the issue of the right to bail during the ongoing defense, as well […]

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27/07/2565

By mid-2022, the number of citizens and activists who have been harassed by government officials total 191. At least 19 youths are among this number, with the youngest being 13 years old. 

Abuse of authority continues to be conducted by government authorities. Harassments of citizens and activists at their homes, offices, and education institutions without any warrants regularly occur, thereby normalising the situation. Moreover, the authority of government officials in such operations cannot be verified.  Base on the TLHR database, since the beginning of 2022, citizens and […]

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21/07/2565
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