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At least 349 people, activists, youth monitored, harassed and violated by authorities in 2022

In 2022, the state of harassment against activists and individuals by government officials continued and intensified, ranging from intimidation tactics such as visits at residences, workplaces, and educational institutions, surveillance and photographing, to summons for talks at private and governmental premises without a warrant or any documents. In November and December 2022, 69 more individuals—4 […]

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20/01/2566

Thailand: Urgent Appeal to Thai Government to Urgently Take Action to End Arbitrary Detention and Judicial Harassment of Get and Baipor, pro-democracy activists

On 9 January 2023, the Bangkok Criminal Court revoked “Get” Sopon Surariddhidhamrong and “Baipor” Natthanit Duangmusit’s bail and ordered their detention on the ground that they violated the bail conditions of their temporary release, granted on 31 May 2022 and 4 August 2022, respectively, by participating in the anti-government protest on 17 November 2022, during […]

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20/01/2566

“Petch” Thanakorn sentenced to 3 years in prison for violating the lèse-majesté law but court suspended the sentence and required “Petch” to enter a probation plan

On 22 December 2022, the Juvenile and Family Court in Nonthaburi Province sentenced “Petch” Thanakorn to 3 years of imprisonment for violating Section 112 (lèse-majesté) of the Criminal Code. This marked the second case for Petch and in Thailand in which a child who did not plead guilty to Section 112 charge was convicted by […]

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23/12/2565

“Petch” Thanakorn sentenced to 2 years jail term for violating Section 112 but the Central Juvenile and Family court replaced imprisonment with an order to enter a Juvenile Practice and Training Center.

On November 22,2022, the Central Juvenile and Family court delivered the first judgment of a juvenile case charged under section 112 (Lèse-majesté),Black case number Yor Chor Aor. 109/2564. “Petch” Thanakorn (last name withheld), a nineteen-years old LGBTQ+ activist, who was indicted on the ground of violating Section 112 (lèse-majesté) for giving a speech that allegedly […]

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23/11/2565

Keep an Eye on Court’s Judgement in “Petch” case – the first Central Juvenile and Family Court’s judgement of a juvenile case charged under section 112 (lèse-majesté) for giving a speech on 6 December 2020 at Wongwian Yai.

November 22, 2022 marks the first Central Juvenile and Family Court’s judgement of a juvenile case charged under section 112 (Lèse-majesté) of Black case number Yor Chor Aor 109/2564. “Petch” Thanakorn (last name withheld) a nineteen-years old LGBTQ+ activist who was indicted on the ground of violating Section 112 (lèse-majesté), one of Thailand’s strictest Criminal […]

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21/11/2565

Keep an eye on the first witness examination of Section 110 case for “violating the Queen’s liberty”, five defendants in the case.

The Criminal Court starts the witness examination of Black case number Aor.778/2564 on November 16, 2022. Five defendants are charged under Section 110 of Thailand’s Criminal Code on the ground of “violating the liberty of the Queen”. The five defendants include Ekachai Hongkangwan, Bunkueanun Paothong, Suranath Paenprasertand two other civilians who were indicted by the […]

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15/11/2565

November 2022: at least 1,886 people were politically prosecuted in 1,159 cases

During the month of November, political prosecution continued as intense with cases from protests during APEC2022 involving arrest of civilians and summon warrants issued to activists. New arrests on the basis Section 112 (Lèse-majesté) continue to be reported periodically while many prosecuted for violation of Emergency Decree continue their defense with most cases concluded as […]

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14/12/2565

October 2022: at least 1,864 people were politically prosecuted in 1,145 cases

During the month of October, there were not many new individuals being prosecuted. However, the cases charged under Section 112 (Lèse-majesté) of Thailand’s Criminal Code and cases on the ground of violating the Emergency Decree for holding public assemblies during 2020 are still ongoing in court proceedings, including hearing verdicts. Even though the Emergency Decree […]

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09/11/2565

At least 349 people, activists, youth monitored, harassed and violated by authorities in 2022

In 2022, the state of harassment against activists and individuals by government officials continued and intensified, ranging from intimidation tactics such as visits at residences, workplaces, and educational institutions, surveillance and photographing, to summons for talks at private and governmental premises without a warrant or any documents. In November and December 2022, 69 more individuals—4 […]

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20/01/2566

Don’t Forget Sombat: Freedom Taken, Right to Bail Denied, Convicted for Facebook Posts, and Detained for Seven Months.

#ForgetMeNot Sombat “Num” Thongyoi, a former 53-year-old Red Shirt guard has been behind bars at the Bangkok Remand Prison since 28 April 2022, after the Court of the First Instance ordered a jail sentence of six years without suspension for the offenses under Section 112 of the Criminal Code (lèse majesté) and Section 14 (3) […]

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28/11/2565

Joint Letter: Thai officials must drop all the ongoing prosecutions under the Emergency Decree

On November 8, 2022, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights together with 23 other Human Rights Organizations submitted a letter to various foreign embassies in Thailand including the members states of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation or APEC such as the embassies of The United States of America, Canada, and Australia, the European Union member states such […]

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09/11/2565

Thailand: Deteriorating health and arbitrary detention of two pro-democracy activists

On 7 July 2022, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a 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 of the deteriorating health of Natthanit Duangmusit, aka “Baipor”, and Netiporn Sanesangkhom, aka “Bung”, […]

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08/07/2565

Joint Press Release: Number of individuals charged with lèse-majesté passes 200

(Bangkok, Paris) The number of individuals charged with royal defamation has passed 200 in just over 18 months, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) said on 17 June 2022. Arrests, detentions, and prosecutions under Article 112 of Thailand’s Criminal Code (lèse-majesté) have mainly targeted pro-democratic activists and protesters […]

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20/06/2565

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