14 anti-junta activists 2015
Agreeing or disagreeing with their behaviour is not as important as having the conscience that the expression of different ideas is not a crime which leads to arrest and detention.
A group of almost 300 academics denounced the junta’s arrest of 14 anti-junta activists, mostly university students, as “barbaric.” The Network of Academics Concerned about Arrested Students, consisting of educators from all across Thailand, declared in a statement released Tuesday, June 30, that “only a tyrant would react using brute force and enforcement of barbaric laws on students using their citizens’ rights to call for reinstatement of internationally-held values and governance.” The statement praises the activists’ pro-democracy
BANGKOK (30 JUNE 2015) - The United Nations Human Rights Office for South East Asia (OHCHR) urges the Government to promptly drop criminal charges against students who have been arrested in Bangkok for peacefully demonstrating in public and release them from custody.
The European Union Delegation issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Thailand. Bangkok, 30 June 2015 – The arrests of 14 students on the basis of charges brought against them for peacefully demonstrating on 22 May is a disturbing development. The EU believes in the right of all to express peacefully their opinions and calls upon the Thai authorities to abide by Thailand's obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Human rights lawyers condemned the Thai police for the hasty arrests of 14 embattled student activists and the unlawful collection of the activists’ mobile phones. Yaowalak Anuphan, head of Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), said at a press conference on Sunday, 28 June, at Thammasat University, that the arrests on Friday were hasty and unprofessional. The 14 activists, mostly students, were arrested for political gatherings on 22 May, the first anniversary of the 2014 coup d’état, in Bangkok and the northeastern province of Khon Kaen.
The Thai police confiscated five mobile phones after a search of the car of a defence lawyer for the 14 embattled anti-junta student activists while the lawyer pointed out that the search was unlawful.
Pro-democracy activists and people from all walks of life gathered at Thammasat University and Bangkok Remand Prison on Sunday to give moral support for 14 embattled anti-junta activists in custody. At noon on Sunday, many students from the Liberal League of Thammasat for Democracy (LLTD), activists, academics and others gathered in front of the Tha Prachan Campus of Thammasat University to attached placards with messages to support the 14 student activists on the campus wall.
The Thai army commander says that the arrest of 14 embattled anti-junta student activists was unavoidable to prevent further conflicts and warned that people involved with the student activists will face tough measures. According to the Thai News Agency, Gen Udomdech Sitabutr, Commander of the Thai Army and Deputy Defence Minister, said on Saturday that the arrest of 14 anti-junta student activists was necessary to prevent further conflicts in the nation.
About 20 police officers, most in plainclothes, have been deployed at the entrance to a Bangkok safe house of 11 of 14 student activists wanted on arrest warrants for protesting. The 11 are wanted on arrest warrants for commemorating the first anniversary of the coup at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre and in Khon Kaen on 22 May. Rangsiman Rome, one of the 11, told Prachatai that they will not resist arrest as this fight is coming to an end.
14 student activists wanted on arrest warrants for political activities have gathered in front of a police station in Bangkok, while a student activist arrested this morning will be released on bail. 14 student activists, seven are members of Dao Din, a student activist group based in northeastern province of Khon Kaen and seven are wanted on arrest warrants for a planned commemorating of the first anniversary of the coup on 22 May in Bangkok, gathered in front of Pathumwan Police Station, while about 100 people gathered to give them moral support. &nb