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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

In 2023, there were at least 203 instances where citizens were subjected to surveillance and intimidation despite the change of government.

Following the election in May 2023, Thailand witnessed a transition from a government led by Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to one led by the Pheu Thai Party. Nevertheless, surveillance and intimidation against activists, students, and politically active citizens by state authorities, extrajudicial measures that have been employed against activists since the NCPO era, remain ongoing. No […]

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07/02/2567

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

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

Summary of the witnesses testimony before judgment day, historic criminal lawsuit against the Thai Queen.

On June 28, 2023, at 9:30 a.m., the Criminal Court scheduled a hearing in the case of five activists, namely Ekachai Hongkangwan, Boonkueanun Paothong, Suranat Paenprasert and two other people charged for an assault on the Queen’s liberty. The combined charges include Section 110 of the Criminal Code for violations against the Queen or her […]

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27/06/2566

Lèse-majesté prosecution of Move Forward MP-elect proceeded in the absence of the defense lawyer

On 1 and 2 June 2023, the examination of prosecution witnesses in a trial of the prominent political activists and Move Forward MP-elect Chonthicha Jaengraew at the Ratchada Criminal Court proceeded in the absence of the defense lawyer and despite Ms. Chonthicha’s request that the hearings be postponed until her lawyer is available to attend […]

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09/06/2566

“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

January 2024: a total of 1,947 people have been politically prosecuted resulting in 1,268 lawsuits

The inaugural month of 2024 saw a slight uptick in the number of political cases, characterized by four new lawsuits, including at least one lèse majesté case. The courts continued to pass judgments for cases that arose between 2020 and 2022 throughout the month, with eleven lèse majesté cases reaching the courts’ decisions. A notable […]

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19/02/2567

Overview of 2023 for political prisoners: 67 people detained, 9 protesting against the court’s bail decisions, 37 spending the New Year’s Eve in jail. The most common charge was under lèse-majesté.

2023 saw the highest number of political detainees in recent years. At least 56 citizens and activists were jailed in 2023, outnumbering last year’s figure of at least 46 detainees. Adding the 19 individuals who were detained continuously since 2022 brings the total of at least 67 detainees in 2023. Out of the 67 detainees, […]

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16/02/2567

In 2023, there were at least 203 instances where citizens were subjected to surveillance and intimidation despite the change of government.

Following the election in May 2023, Thailand witnessed a transition from a government led by Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to one led by the Pheu Thai Party. Nevertheless, surveillance and intimidation against activists, students, and politically active citizens by state authorities, extrajudicial measures that have been employed against activists since the NCPO era, remain ongoing. No […]

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07/02/2567

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

“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

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

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