December 2023: a total of 1,938 people have been politically prosecuted in 1,264 cases

Political prosecution continued at the end of 2023, where, despite few new lawsuits, witness and verdict hearings have taken place routinely for the existing cases filed between 2020 and 2022. The courts have passed judgments in at least 12 lèse-majesté cases, resulting in dismissals as well as guilty rulings, whereas all nine Emergency Decree and […]

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17/01/2567

UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention determines “Tawan’s” detention under Section 112 is arbitrary and in violation of international law

The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (Working Group), a special mechanism under the UN Human Rights Council, has published its opinion on 23 October 2023 (A/HRC/WGAD/2023/49) regarding the case of “ Tawan” Tantawan Tuatulanon, a 21-year-old student and activist who was prosecuted under Section 112 for defamation of the King. The Working Group […]

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16/11/2566

Recommendations for Ending Political Prosecution since the 2014 Coup until the Present

Thai Lawyers for Human Rights 26 April 2023 Introduction Thailand’s longstanding political conflict is the result of an imbalanced management of power relations and structure among the state, the people, and various interest groups. This has inevitably affected the country’s political stability and allowed certain actors to resort to an undemocratic means to seize power. […]

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27/04/2566

“Sainam” acquitted of lèse-majesté due to insufficient evidence, but convicted under the Emergency Decree and received a 6,000-baht fine

On 30 March 2023, the Central Juvenile and Family Court acquitted Sainam of offenses under Sections 112 (lèse-majesté), 217 (arson), and 358 (destruction of property) of the Criminal Code. The judgment stated that the prosecution failed to prove that the perpetrator who vandalized and set fire to the King’s portrait was Sainam. The Court, however, […]

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31/03/2566

Criminal Court refused to grant permission to human rights defender charged with lèse-majesté (Section 112) to attend meetings with the United Nations in Geneva

On 9 March 2023, the Criminal Court denied Pimsiri Petchnamrob’s request to appeal its previous decision to not grant Pimsiri permission to leave Thailand in order to attend meetings at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, later this month. As part of her bail condition in a lèse-majesté case, Pimsiri is prohibited […]

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09/03/2566

Defendant in “Yellow Duck” case sentenced to 3 years in prison for “mocking” the King

On 7 March 2023, the Taling Chan Criminal Court convicted “Tonmai” (alias)—a 26-year-old lawyer in a private company—under Section 112 (lèse-majesté) of the Criminal Code and sentenced him to 3 years in prison for mocking and defaming the King by delivering calendars with cartoons of a yellow duck to the buyers. His sentence was decreased […]

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09/03/2566
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