Lawyer’s Notes from Prison Visit: ‘Penguin’, the solidarity and his gleaming hope

Even though ‘Mike’ Panupong Jadnok, ‘Boy’ Chatchai Kaedam, ‘Fah’ Promsorn Viradhammajair, Nutchanon Pairoj, and ‘Penguin’ Parit Chiwarak were temporarily released on the 15th September 2021 from the #2AugustProtest case, Penguin is still being detained at the Thanyaburi district prison from the case of #19SeptemberProtest.  Today, we started the conversation with Penguin asking about his well-being. […]

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11/10/2564

When Justice System is not a Safe Space: Stories of Gender-Based Harassment and Discrimination

One of the key milestones of the political movement since 2020 is the active participation of women and LGBTIQ+ groups, who have been taking up a leading role within the movement. The statistics of people politically accused since January this year show that at least 293 protest leaders or general citizens (including youths) facing lawsuits […]

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05/10/2564

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

Thalugaz Protests: Lawyers’ Reflection of the “New Low” on Children’s Rights under Arrests

Khumklao SongsomboonHuman Rights Lawyer, Thai Lawyer for Human Rights It has been almost a month where the “Din Daeng Triangle” in the middle of Bangkok has become the gathering point of many children and young people whose political expressions differ from other previous protests. They are not the intellectual ones who always debate about democracy, […]

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19/09/2564

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

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

“Prayut issued a regulation blocking internet access upon unlawful conditions without legal authority.”: Observations about Emergency Decree Regulation No. 29

On 29 July 2021, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha exercised his power under Section 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situation B.E. 2548 (2005) to issue Regulation issued under Section 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situation B.E. 2548 (2005) (No. 29) [Hereinafter “Emergency Decree Regulation (No. 29)”]. The […]

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31/07/2564

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
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