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

Voices from detained activists with Covid-19: “The Department of Corrections Hospital has no capacity to handle Covid-19 patients.”

26 August 2021 TLHR’s lawyers visited 6 activists today, namely Parit Chiwarak, Promsorn Veerathamjaree, Panupong Jadnok, Chatchai Kaedam, Sam Samat and Sirichai Natueng from the #Mob2August case at the Department of Corrections Hospital. In this case, a total of 9 activists surrendered themselves to the police and were immediately detained. Seven have tested positive for […]

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01/09/2564

Joint letter on prison conditions and COVID-19

Somsak ThepsutinMinister of Justice404 Chaeng Wattana Road,Thung Song Hong, Lak Si,Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok, 19 July 2021 Re: Urgently address overcrowding, protect prisoners’ health during COVID-19 crisis Dear Mr. Somsak, We, the undersigned national and international human rights organizations, reiterate our calls for the Ministry of Justice to take urgent measures to address ongoing overcrowding and the […]

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19/07/2564

Human Rights Situation Report February 2021

In February, the pattern of legal harassment by the authorities has emerged. The “public health” regulations and the “lèse-majesté” law were concomitantly used against dissidents. Oftentimes the laws were interpreted in an arbitrary manner, resulting in rising numbers of citizens suffering from politically motivated lawsuits. Beyond the realm of law court, violence was spilled onto […]

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15/03/2564

Human Rights Situation Report January 2021

With the continuation of COVID 19-related restrictions in January, the authorities have developed legal mechanism for limiting any possibility of public demonstration, and persecuting dissidents on grounds of public health and safety violations. The well-being and political rights of Thai citizens remain gravely unprotected as the abuse of the “lèse-majesté” law is intensified, leading to […]

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15/03/2564

TLHR Overall Situation in October 2020

Summary In October 2020, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) documented 54 cases and incidents of human rights violations in central and southern Thailand – Bangkok, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Samutprakan, Chonburi, Saraburi, and related to Nakhon Si Thammarat and Pattani. These include 5 cases of arbitrary detention, 6 cases of restriction of freedom of expression, […]

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