June 2023: a total of 1,916 people have been politically prosecuted in 1,226 cases

In June, while only few new politically-motivated lawsuits emerged, the trials of many existing ones proceeded in full swing. The courts have issued verdicts for at least 12 lese-majeste cases within a course of merely one month acquitting, convicting (imprisonment), or suspending the punishment of the defendants. As a result, two more people in these […]

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10/07/2566

Yok’s right to education claims fall in line with International and Domestic Law

Columbia Law School On June 13, school administrators expelled 15-year-old Thanalop “Yok” Phalanchai from Triam Udom Suksa Phatthakan School. She is the youngest child known to have been charged with Thailand’s lese-majeste law to date. In a statement later released by the school, Yok’s expulsion was solely because she failed to enroll by the agreed […]

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29/06/2566

Lèse-majesté prosecution of Move Forward MP-elect proceeded in the absence of the defense lawyer

On 1 and 2 June 2023, the examination of prosecution witnesses in a trial of the prominent political activists and Move Forward MP-elect Chonthicha Jaengraew at the Ratchada Criminal Court proceeded in the absence of the defense lawyer and despite Ms. Chonthicha’s request that the hearings be postponed until her lawyer is available to attend […]

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09/06/2566

April 2023: a total of 1,902 people in 1,203 cases have been politically prosecuted

Along with the scorching heat of April, the political temperature in Thailand has been rising steadily as the general election approaches. Meanwhile, the political lawsuits continue their courses. At least five more people have been charged with lèse-majesté last month while the Public Assembly Act and Section 116 are still used to accuse politicians and […]

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12/05/2566

Criminal Court refused to grant permission to human rights defender charged with lèse-majesté (Section 112) to attend meetings with the United Nations in Geneva

On 9 March 2023, the Criminal Court denied Pimsiri Petchnamrob’s request to appeal its previous decision to not grant Pimsiri permission to leave Thailand in order to attend meetings at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, later this month. As part of her bail condition in a lèse-majesté case, Pimsiri is prohibited […]

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09/03/2566

Defendant in “Yellow Duck” case sentenced to 3 years in prison for “mocking” the King

On 7 March 2023, the Taling Chan Criminal Court convicted “Tonmai” (alias)—a 26-year-old lawyer in a private company—under Section 112 (lèse-majesté) of the Criminal Code and sentenced him to 3 years in prison for mocking and defaming the King by delivering calendars with cartoons of a yellow duck to the buyers. His sentence was decreased […]

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09/03/2566

Thailand: Urgent Appeal to Thai Government to Urgently Take Action to End Arbitrary Detention and Judicial Harassment of Get and Baipor, pro-democracy activists

On 9 January 2023, the Bangkok Criminal Court revoked “Get” Sopon Surariddhidhamrong and “Baipor” Natthanit Duangmusit’s bail and ordered their detention on the ground that they violated the bail conditions of their temporary release, granted on 31 May 2022 and 4 August 2022, respectively, by participating in the anti-government protest on 17 November 2022, during […]

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20/01/2566

“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

November 2022: at least 1,886 people were politically prosecuted in 1,159 cases

During the month of November, political prosecution continued as intense with cases from protests during APEC2022 involving arrest of civilians and summon warrants issued to activists. New arrests on the basis Section 112 (Lèse-majesté) continue to be reported periodically while many prosecuted for violation of Emergency Decree continue their defense with most cases concluded as […]

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