8 Years After the Coup: Politically Related Cases from the NCPO Era Remain Active.

While it has been 8 years since the coup d’état of 22 May 2014 and the responsible National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) was formally dissolved, the power of the NCPO remain practically intact, and the repercussions resulted from the seizure of people power continues its course, both politically and legally. In particular, the […]

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25/06/2565

UN body demands immediate release of woman jailed for record lèse-majesté sentence

(Bangkok, Paris) Thai authorities should immediately release lèse-majesté detainee Anchan Preelerd, the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) urged in an opinion adopted on 17 November 2021 and issued on 20 December. Anchan, 65, is currently serving a prison sentence of 43 years and six months for violating Article 112 of the […]

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17/01/2565

[Analysis] Seven years after the coup: Lawsuits under the NCPO regime as “lawfare” (part 2)

The coup d’état on 22 May 2014 has left greater long-lasting legacies and enduring challenges for the resumption of democratic rule in Thailand than any previous coup over the past few decades. After the junta that launched the coup, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) ruled the country for five years, one month, […]

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03/06/2564

10 defendants acquitted in the KonthaiUK case: Court deemed lawful their sharing of a FB post about Prayut seeking asylum after facing an insurrection charge

On 15 June 2020, the Ratchadapisek Criminal Court is scheduled to deliver a verdict of the case against ten defendants who shared a post from the KonthaiUK Facebook page. Authorized by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), Major General Burin Thongprapai filed complaints against the defendants. Subsequently, acting as a plaintiff in this […]

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11/07/2563

When the court affirms the NCPO authority long after its rule: Lessons learned from the case against “Polawat”’s anti-dictatorship leaflet distribution

On 26 March 2020, prior to the announcement of curfew and inter-province travel restrictions to counter the COVID-19 outbreak, the Provincial Court of Rayong read a verdict on the case against Mr. Polawat Woradomputthikul. A factory worker, Polawat distributed leaflets read “Wake up and fight… Democracy lovers. Dictatorship down, long live democracy” against the National […]

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09/07/2563

As if the NCPO Never Left: Six Years After the Coup and the Persistence of Human Rights Violations

As the new Cabinet was sworn in before His Majesty the King on 16 July 2019, the junta-led National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) stepped down from power after having ruled the country for five years, one month, and 23 days. Nevertheless, the network of powerful political actors established under the NCPO regime has […]

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22/05/2563

RDN50 case’s document exposing how successive crime reporting coupled with IO have been used to suppress freedoms of the anti-NCPO activists

The document submitted by Gen Burin Thongpraphai, former legal officer of the NCPO, as evidence to support the prosecution for the case against six core members of the “We Want Elections Group” (RDN50) exposes how the NCPO has used the successive crime reporting as a tool to suppress political activists and dissidents. The legal actions […]

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05/12/2562

Romadon Panjor: Using security language to initiate dialogue on military reform

  On 29 October 2019, 18.00 at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT), the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) held a public discussion entitled “Seize, Trample, Repeat, Change”, the Launch of Propositions to Remedy the Consequences of the 2014 Coup, concerning the  laws, policies and justice process intended to ensure the protection of […]

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14/11/2562

Bencharat Sae-Chua: “Everyone in Thailand is a Victim of the NCPO’s Violations”

  On 29 October 2019, 18.00 at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT), the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) held a public discussion entitled “Seize, Trample, Repeat, Change”, the Launch of Propositions to Remedy the Consequences of the 2014 Coup, concerning the  laws, policies and justice process intended to ensure the protection of […]

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13/11/2562

The power of the military over civilians remains: Five glaring issues and the change of ISOC’s role in the aftermath of NCPO’s dissolution

The 19 September 2006 coup was a turning point for the expansion of powers of the armed forces over the democratically elected civilian government since the end of Cold War, in light of the reorganization of the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC). The coup makers’ legislative branch passed a statutory law to restructure ISOC, giving […]

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26/09/2562
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