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Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR)

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.

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Updates on the situation of political prisoners between 1 April – 14 May 2024

“Bung” died in custody while being detained in Section 112 (lese-majeste) case. Currently, 43 individuals are being detained as political prisoners, including 25 facing Section 112 charges.   27 pre-trial detainees are being denied the right to bail.   As of 14 May 2024, at least 43 individuals remained in detention for political charges, setting a record […]

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20/05/2567

What is the People’s Amnesty Bill? And Why Does Thailand Need It?

The current state of human rights in Thailand remains grim. Since Thailand’s 2006 coup, at least 5,027 individuals have been prosecuted for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. Almost a third of these prosecutions occurred between 18 July 2020 and 31 January 2024, during which at least 1,947 individuals were politically […]

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22/02/2567

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 […]

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28/05/2567

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 […]

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24/05/2567

Pro-democracy activist “Bung” passed away while in the custody of the Department of Corrections

Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) urgently calls your attention to the passing of pro-democracy activist and human rights defender, Ms. Natiporn or “Bung” (last name withheld), on the morning of 14 May 2024, while she was in the custody of the Department of Corrections. Her detention stemmed from her conviction on 26 January 2024 […]

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15/05/2567

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

Challenging Denial of Compensation: Families of the victims of enforced disappearances, Surachai and Siam, have challenged it before the Court of Thailand

Following the decision that determined Surachai Danwatthananusorn (Saedan) and Siam Thirawut did not qualify as beneficiaries entitled to compensation under the Damages for the Injured Person and Compensation and Expenses for the Accused in the Criminal Case Act, their families have challenged it before the Court of Thailand and persist in their efforts to secure […]

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12/10/2566

The Court dismisses all Section 110 charges of “Obstructing the Queen’s Procession” due to police culpability and fundamental misunderstandings among parties

On June 28, 2023, in the courtroom number 904, the Criminal Court decided an important case regarding five activists namely Ekachai Hongkangwan, Boonkueanun Paothong, Suranat Paenprasert and two other people charged with an assault on the Queen’s liberty. The court acquitted all charges against the five defendants after concluding that the 14 October 2020 incident […]

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28/06/2566

Updates on the situation of political prisoners between 1 April – 14 May 2024

“Bung” died in custody while being detained in Section 112 (lese-majeste) case. Currently, 43 individuals are being detained as political prisoners, including 25 facing Section 112 charges.   27 pre-trial detainees are being denied the right to bail.   As of 14 May 2024, at least 43 individuals remained in detention for political charges, setting a record […]

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20/05/2567

March 2024: 1,293 political cases have been filed against 1,954 people.

In March, the number of lèse-majesté lawsuits filed since 2020 surpassed 300, with six new cases filed last month. More individuals are being imprisoned due to denial bail requests. Additionally, the police has pursued charges against participants of public assemblies, such as the P-Move protest during Srettha’s government era. Charges under the Emergency Decree are […]

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17/04/2567

What is the People’s Amnesty Bill? And Why Does Thailand Need It?

The current state of human rights in Thailand remains grim. Since Thailand’s 2006 coup, at least 5,027 individuals have been prosecuted for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. Almost a third of these prosecutions occurred between 18 July 2020 and 31 January 2024, during which at least 1,947 individuals were politically […]

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22/02/2567

A Lawyer’s Perspective on Political Prosecution of Children: Lessons Learned from Court Cases, the Justice System, and Recommendations

(This article was first published in Thai on 20 September 2023. The statistics in this article have not been updated since then.) In a cabinet resolution in 1985, the Thai government announced the celebration of “National Youth Day” every year on 20 September. As Thailand enters 2024 with a new government led by the Pheu […]

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26/01/2567

From Classroom to Courtroom: Report Release on Children’s Rights to Freedom of Expression and Assembly in Thailand

In commemoration of National Children’s Day in Thailand on 13 January 2024, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) is releasing a report on children’s rights, From Classroom to Courtroom — The Criminalization of Children’s Speeches and Peaceful Assemblies in Thailand. This report reveals that the criminalization of the rights to freedom of expression and assembly […]

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12/01/2567

Overcoming Threats with a Brave Heart : Opening speech for Murdered Justice 21 May 2024

To all who cherish and desire democracy Coup in 2014 The coup in 2014 had a profound impact on Thai society and people. At the time, the coup took away the opportunity for Thai society to peacefully progress towards democracy. Although many citizens demanded and expressed their desire for change, they were instead subjected to […]

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24/05/2567

“Thai Lawyers for Human Rights’s StatementTLHR Expresses Concern Regarding the Constitutional Court’s Ruling Finding that Proposals to Amend Section 112 of the Criminal Code Constitute An Act to Overthrow the Government”

Thai Lawyers for Human Rights’s Statement TLHR Expresses Concern Regarding the Constitutional Court’s Ruling Finding that Proposals to Amend Section 112 of the Criminal Code Constitute An Act to Overthrow the Government On 31 January 2024, the Constitutional Court ruled that Mr. Pita Limjaroenrat and the Move Forward Party violated Section 49, paragraph 1, of […]

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06/02/2567

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

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