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

The fight of “Luang Pee Tham,” a monk who held a protest sign in support of gender diversity

This article recounts the path towards “enlightenment” of three monks and novices involved in political demonstrations for demanding democracy and equality alongside school and university students and ordinary citizens over the past year since the first protest held by the Free Youth Group on 18 July 2020. Moreover, this article will help our readers understand […]

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26/08/2564

“Getting arrested makes me want to fight even harder”: Interview with ‘Tong Taluhfah,’ the only woman detained from the #2AugRally

Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) is going through yet another round of visiting political detainees. While Thailand is under the third wave of the COVID-19 outbreak, the country has already seen five waves of detaining protestors in cases related to political assemblies since the first demonstration held by the Free Youth Group.  The first […]

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22/08/2564

The journey of thoughts of “Samanera Folk,” the novice who faces a lese majeste charge

Our interview series “First Sermon before taking the path towards democracy: Background stories before the political awakening of Ratsadon monks/novices” are divided into three parts. Each of them presents the stories of individual monks and novices with unique backgrounds and paths leading them to join the fight for equality.  Read Part 1 >>  Luang Pee Phupha: […]

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20/08/2564

Testimony from “Khem,” a motorbike taxi driver beaten by 10 Riot Control police officers on the night of #10AugRally

“[Riot Control police officers] did not ask me any question. I told them, ‘I am not here for the rally. I only came to drop a passenger off.’ Still, they pulled me in, took me outside, and beat me up.” The above statement came from Khem (Pseudonym), a 33-year-old motorbike taxi driver who was recounting […]

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20/08/2564

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

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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05/07/2564

The expanding universe of legal persecutions: Examining various developments following the #19Sept protest (Part 2)

The hashtag #19SeptReturnPowerToThePeople was widely used to refer to the two-day demonstration held by “Ratsadon Group” at the Royal Plaza and Thammasat University from 19 to 20 September 2020. This rally is well-known for several of its distinctive features. It is estimated that around 200,000 protestors attended the event; many camped out at the Royal Garden and […]

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29/06/2564

The expanding universe of legal persecutions: Examining various developments following the #19Sept protest (Part 1)

The hashtag #19SeptReturnPowerToThePeople was widely used to refer to the two-day demonstration held by “Ratsadon Group” at the Royal Plaza and Thammasat University from 19 to 20 September 2020. This rally is well-known for several of its distinctive features. It is estimated that around 200,000 protestors attended the event; many camped out at the Royal Garden and […]

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28/06/2564
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