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Thalugaz Protests: Lawyers’ Reflection of the “New Low” on Children’s Rights under Arrests

Khumklao SongsomboonHuman Rights Lawyer, Thai Lawyer for Human Rights It has been almost a month where the “Din Daeng Triangle” in the middle of Bangkok has become the gathering point of many children and young people whose political expressions differ from other previous protests. They are not the intellectual ones who always debate about democracy, […]

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19/09/2564

Lawyers’ notes from the prison visit to “Nutchanon”: Life in prison is even more inconvenient if you are person with disabilities

On 3 September 2021, TLHR lawyer visited “Nutchanon Pairoj,” a student leader of the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration at the Rangsit Temporary Prison once again via video conference. He has been detained since 9 August due to the #2AugRally case. The court upheld the order not to release him even though his lawyers […]

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08/09/2564

Lèse-majesté indictment order against ‘Arnon’ for his speech at Harry Potter-themed protest, before Criminal Court’s bail denial

On 14 July 2021, the prosecutor at the Attorney-General’s Office (The Attorney-General’s Office, Department of Criminal Litigation 7) issued an indictment decision against Arnon Nampa, a pro-democracy prominent activist, accused of lèse-majesté (royal defamation) and sedition-like offence under Section 112 and 116 of the Criminal Code, respectively, and multiple offences under the Computer Crime Act, […]

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20/09/2564

Number of protesters arrested in August reached 260, including 70 children and youths, while 53 got injured

Thailand’s political temperature is rising in August 2021 as protesters have returned to the street to call for General Prayut Chan-o-cha to step down from his position due to the Prime Minister’s failure to manage the COVID-19 crisis, including the issues of vaccine administration, economic downturn, and intense rollout of new rules for restricting freedom […]

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31/08/2564

Bail denied for 2nd time! Lèse-majesté case of Arnon, related to #HarryRally 2, and eight pro-democracy activists, related to #2Aug.Rally, citing no reasonable reasons to change the order

On 18 August 2021 at 10.00 hr., the lawyers submitted bail motion of nine activists remaining detained during the police investigation. The bail motion was submitted to the Southern Bangkok Criminal Court for Arnon in the Section 112 of the Thai Criminal Code case related to the speech given in #HarryPotterRally 2 on 3 August […]

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22/08/2564

Testimony from “Khem,” a motorbike taxi driver beaten by 10 Riot Control police officers on the night of #10AugRally

“[Riot Control police officers] did not ask me any question. I told them, ‘I am not here for the rally. I only came to drop a passenger off.’ Still, they pulled me in, took me outside, and beat me up.” The above statement came from Khem (Pseudonym), a 33-year-old motorbike taxi driver who was recounting […]

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20/08/2564

9 pro-democracy activists denied bail regarding #2Aug.Rally in front of the Border Patrol Police Region 1, demanding the release of Thalufah members, citing without fear of the law.

On 9 August 2021 at the Thanyaburi Provicial Court, 9 pro-democracy activists were denied of their bails regarding the rally demanding the release of Thalufah members in front of the Border Patrol Police Region 1. 32 Thalufah members were arrested during the rally “release our friend, return democracy” in front of the Police Sport Club […]

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15/08/2564

5 Thalufah activists charged in 4 cases, splattering paint color at Thung Song Hong Police Station-Phalang Pracharat headquarters – Bhumjaithai headquarter – casting candle, before denying Pai’s bail citing that he committed harmful acts

On 9 August 2021 at 9.00 hr., “Pai” Jatupat Boonpattararaksa and Tawee Tiangviset, pro-democracy activists from “Thalufah” group, surrendered themselves to the police officers at Thung Song Hong Police Station according to the arrest warrant issued by the Ratchada Criminal Court no. 1253/2564 and 1255/2564, respectively, dated 4 August 2021. They were charged with the […]

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15/08/2564

The Number of Prosecutions under “Lèse Majesté” in 2020-2021

The number of prosecutions under “Lèse Majesté” from November 24, 2020 – 16September 2021 *Last edited 16 September 2021, at 10.00 hr. On 19 November 2020, General Prayut Chan-o-cha issued a statement regarding the political situation by declaring that it was necessary to increase intensified suppressing measure by enforcing every law and section against protesters […]

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17/09/2564

COVID-19 and Restrictions on Freedom of Expression under the Emergency Decree

The COVID-19 outbreak is a deadly global pandemic that originated from large-scale infectionsin December 2019. The first patient who contracted the virus was found in Wuhan, China.Meanwhile, Thailand reported the first case of COVID-19 infection in January 2020. Nonetheless, in the beginning, Thailand’s infection rate did not increase significantly. Thegovernment decided to use existing legal […]

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07/09/2564

Thailand: Arbitrary detention of eight pro-democracy activists

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. The Observatory has been informed about the arbitrary detention and ongoing judicial harassment of eight pro-democracy activists, namely: Anon Nampa, prominent human rights lawyer; Parit Chiwarak, Nutchanon Pairoj, Sirichai […]

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13/08/2564

“Prayut issued a regulation blocking internet access upon unlawful conditions without legal authority.”: Observations about Emergency Decree Regulation No. 29

On 29 July 2021, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha exercised his power under Section 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situation B.E. 2548 (2005) to issue Regulation issued under Section 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situation B.E. 2548 (2005) (No. 29) [Hereinafter “Emergency Decree Regulation (No. 29)”]. The […]

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31/07/2564

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

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