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Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR)

Thai Lawyers for Human Rights was established on 24th May 2014, two days following the coup in 2014, by a group of human rights lawyers and social activists. Initially as an ad-hoc organization, TLHR aimed to provide legal and litigation assistance to individuals who had been summoned, arrested, and detained by the military as a result of the 2014 coup.

Goal of the organization is: To consolidate the rule of law

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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

Interview with 16-year-old “Sand,” Isaan youth leader prosecuted for her political expression

• Since the outset of her political awakening, Sand (Pseudonym), a 15-year-old youth, has begun her involvement in pro-democracy activities in her hometown in Phu Khiao district of Chaiyaphume province and neighboring district Chumpae. Gradually, she expanded her activism into other areas. At times, she was a mere participant, whereas sometimes she would go up […]

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19/06/2564

TLHR Overall Situation in May 2021

Human rights situation amidst the Covid-19 pandemic    Covid-19 infection broke out in the Bang Kwang Central Prison. The Department of  Corrections initially refused to disclose the information. Meanwhile, the Emergency  Decree charges continue to be used against public assemblies. On 27 May 2021, the government has approved the nationwide extension of the emergency  situation […]

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11/06/2564

UN body petitioned over record-breaking prison sentence in lèse-majesté case

(Bangkok, Paris) FIDH and Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) today petitioned the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) to seek the release of Anchan Preelerd, who is currently serving the longest prison sentence ever imposed under Article 112 of the Thai Criminal Code (lèse-majesté). Anchan, 65, is currently incarcerated at the […]

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07/07/2564

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

Summons from Deep South: Woman from Nonthaburi charged for Article 112 lost 15,000 baht over travel&accommodation costs

On 22 June 2021, at 08:00 am, Ms. Kanlaya (Pseudonym), a 27-year-old employee of a private company in Nonthaburi province, close to Bangkok, reported to Su-ngai Kolok District Police Station in Narathiwat province, Thailand’s Deep South, to acknowledge her charges under the “lese majeste” provisions of Article 112 of the Criminal Code, as well as […]

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02/07/2564

Cyber vigilante group threatens at least 62 individuals with lese majeste, leaking personal information of over 466 individuals via Google Map

Since early June 2021, the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) has been receiving complaints from a number internet users that members of the Center of Legal Assistance for Victims of Cyberbullying Facebook Page have sent them via private message their personal information and threatened to report them for violating Section 112. The situation has […]

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30/06/2564

Statement: Lèse-majesté epidemic reaches new milestone

Bangkok, Paris, 11 June 2021: The number of individuals charged with lèse-majesté has reached 100, FIDH and Thai Lawyer for Human Rights (TLHR) said today. The overwhelming majority of these cases have stemmed from online political expression and the participation in peaceful pro-democracy demonstrations that took place between August 2020 and March 2021. “The vigorous […]

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12/06/2564

High school students filed lawsuits against MoE, demanding their rights over #OwnFreakingHead

Back to School: High school students filed lawsuits against Ministry of Education, demanding their rights over bodily integrity as teachers continue the practice of shaving off students’ hair Since Monday 14 June 2021, students across Thailand returned to school upon the start of their first semester after the third wave of the COVID-19 outbreak, which […]

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12/07/2564

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

Joint letter on prison conditions and COVID-19

Somsak ThepsutinMinister of Justice404 Chaeng Wattana Road,Thung Song Hong, Lak Si,Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok, 19 July 2021 Re: Urgently address overcrowding, protect prisoners’ health during COVID-19 crisis Dear Mr. Somsak, We, the undersigned national and international human rights organizations, reiterate our calls for the Ministry of Justice to take urgent measures to address ongoing overcrowding and the […]

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19/07/2564

UN body petitioned over record-breaking prison sentence in lèse-majesté case

(Bangkok, Paris) FIDH and Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) today petitioned the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) to seek the release of Anchan Preelerd, who is currently serving the longest prison sentence ever imposed under Article 112 of the Thai Criminal Code (lèse-majesté). Anchan, 65, is currently incarcerated at the […]

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07/07/2564

Statement: Eavesdropping on confidential attorney-client conversations in prison constitutes a serious human rights violation

On 16 June 2021, activists receiving legal assistance from Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), including Mr. Parit Chiwarak, Ms. Panussaya Sitthijirawattanakul, Mr. Piyarat Chongthep, and Mr. Panupong Chadnok, attended a meeting with the Standing Committee on Corruption and Misconduct of the House of Representatives. During the meeting, Mr. Parit raised his concern regarding the […]

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21/06/2564

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