UN Letter to Thai Government: UN Experts “Alarmed” by Record-Breaking 50-Year Prison Term under Thailand’s Lèse-Majesté Law

On 13 March 2024, UN Special Procedures submitted a joint letter of allegation to the Thai government concerning the use of the lèse-majesté law by Thai authorities to prosecute individuals who expressed opinions deemed to be critical of the Thai monarchy. In particular, this letter came after the Thai Court of Appeals Region 5 sentenced […]



Secretariat of the House of Representatives launched a public consultation on People’s Amnesty Bill, which will take place between 13 May-12 June 2024 via Parliamentary website

On 8 May 2024, Pol. Sub-Lt. Arpath Sukhanan, secretary of the House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretariat of The House of Representatives, sent a letter to Ms. Poonsuk Poonsukcharoen, a representative from the People’s Amnesty Network who kickstarted the introduction of the People’s Amnesty Bill into Parliament. The letter indicates that the Bill […]



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 […]



Thailand the Land of Surveillance: From Enforced Disappearances to EM, Digital, and Biometric Surveillance

On 6 June 2022, Cross Cultural Foundation (CrCF) organized the seminar “Thailand the Land of Surveillance: From Enforced Disappearances to EM, Digital, and Biometric Surveillance” at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT). The seminar uncovered the patterns and practices of the Thai state as they are used against activists, to illustrate the various intimidation […]



Ruling of the People’s Court: Equal Marriage

Amidst the greater calls for gender diversity in Thailand, people, therefore, have expectation towards the Constitutional Court that it would voted to guarantee the diversity such as #EqualMarriage in Thailand. However, on 17 November 2021, the Constitutional Court ruled against marriage equality that section 1448 of the Civil and Commercial Code, stating that marriage is […]



Joint Letter to President Biden Re: Thailand’s Abusive Draft Law on Not-For-Profit Organizations

May 12, 2022 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. The White House Washington, DC Re: Thailand’s abusive draft law on not-for-profit organizations Dear President Biden, We, the undersigned non-profit organizations, are writing to express our serious concerns regarding Thailand’s Draft Act on the Operations of Not-for-Profit Organizations, which the Thai Cabinet approved in principle on January […]



“Sombat Thongyoi” accused of Section 112 for posting “#verybrave #verygood #thankyou” along with two other texts is sentenced to 6-year jail term. Court reasoned the intention to ridicule and depreciate the monarchy

28 April 2022, 9 AM – the Bangkok South Criminal Court read the verdict for the case of “Sombat Thongyoi”, a former red shirt guard accused of “royal insult” under section 112 of the Penal Code and section 14 of the Computer Crime Act for posting the caption “#verybrave #verygood #thankyou” to a screenshot of […]



1 Year of Political Bails: At Least 54 Required To Wear EM Devices Affecting Their Daily Lives

Since March 2018, the Ministry of Justice and Justice Courts have introduced the Electronic Monitoring (EM) device to track individuals in criminal and narcotics-related cases in lieu of a large security bail deposit. The aim was to improve the access to bail among economically-disadvantaged population in court proceedings. In that year, seven TLHR clients in […]



Thailand: Arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Tantawan Tuatulanon

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Thailand. Description of the situation: The Observatory has been informed about the arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Ms. Tantawan Tuatulanon, a pro-democracy student activist associated […]


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