9 Feb 2017
Thai authorities are waging a campaign to criminalize and punish dissent by targeting civil society and political activists who peacefully exercise their rights to freedom of expression and assembly, a new briefing from Amnesty International said today. Dozens of human rights defenders, pro-democracy activists and others are currently being investigated and prosecuted under draconian laws and decrees, which are used as tools to silence critics by Thailand’s military government. “The Thai authorities have created a fearful environment w
9 Feb 2017
After criticism by the UN over the use of the notorious lèse majesté law, the Thai Foreign Ministry has claimed that enforcement of this law does not violate human rights.
7 Feb 2017
An ophthalmologist from northern Thailand indicted for defaming then Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn last year has vowed to fight the case to prove his innocence. On 7 February 2017, the Military Court in the northern province of Chiang Rai held a deposition hearing for Sarawut (surname withheld due to privacy reasons), 32, an ophthalmologist accused of offences under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law.
7 Feb 2017
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion of freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, today called on the Thai authorities to stop using lèse-majesté provisions as a political tool to stifle critical speech. In Thailand, defaming, insulting or threatening the royal family carries a penalty of three to fifteen years’ imprisonment.
6 Feb 2017
The first case of lèse-majesté under Thailand’s new King Vajiralongkorn accuses an undergraduate law student. Both Jatupat ‘Pai’ Boonpattararaksa’s youthful grin in newspapers and the petty nature of his crime — sharing a BBC article on his Facebook wall — make the young man a puzzling suspect. He does not appear as one of the country’s most dastardly criminals.. Instead, Pai seems startlingly relatable — something to unsettle the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).
2 Feb 2017
I decided to write this letter for you, my little son, and for the many other children who may be confused when you hear the story of “Pai.” You may not understand the disappearance of the once-beautiful world. When you grow up a bit, you will come to be aware of more than your own life and comfort. Pai is a university student and activist.
1 Feb 2017
Amid public outcry, a provincial court has refused to release Jatuphat ‘Pai Dao Din’ Boonpattararaksa, an embattled anti-junta activist accused of lèse majesté. On 1 February 2017, the Khon Kaen Provincial Court in an in camera hearing granted police permission to continue the detention of Jatuphat Boonpattararaksa, a law student and key member of the New Democracy Movement (NDM).
31 Jan 2017
The Thai government has asked Laotian authorities to deport Thais wanted for lèse majesté. On 31 January 2017, Gen Thawip Netniyom, Secretary-General of the National Security Council, announced to media plans to travel to Laos to seek cooperation from the country’s government in monitoring the activities of certain Thai nationals. A group of five to six Thais residing in Laos are producing radio programs deemed defamatory to the Thai Monarchy, said Thawip.
30 Jan 2017
Renowned pro-democracy academics have submitted a joint statement to condemn the Thai authorities for the detention of Jatuphat ‘Pai’ Boonpattararaksa, saying the country’s judicial system has failed to safeguard human rights and the rule of law. At 11 am on 30 January 2017, leading members of the Thai Academic Network for Civil Rights (TANC), including Anusorn Unno, Puangthong Pawakapan, Yukti Mukdawijitra, and Pichit Likitkijsomboon, gathered at the Supreme Court in the Chaeng Watthana Government Complex.
27 Jan 2017
A military court has sentenced a supporter of anti-junta activists and the anti-establishment red shirts to 11 years and four months in prison for royal defamation. On 27 January 2017, the Military Court of Bangkok handed a jail term to Burin Intin for offences under Article 112 of the Criminal Code — the lèse majesté law. The military court reached the verdict after he pleaded guilty to the two counts of lèse majesté with which he was indicted. Burin was also indicted under Article 14 of the 2007 Computer Crime Act for publishing illegal computer content.
25 Jan 2017
Human rights lawyers have filed a charge against Thailand’s Corrections Department after prison officers barred a lawyer from meeting his lèse majesté client. On 16 January 2016, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) filed a charge against the Corrections Department, the Director of Chiang Rai Central Prison and a prison staff member.
25 Jan 2017
Paris, Bangkok, 25 January 2017: A United Nations (UN) body has demanded Thai authorities immediately and unconditionally release lèse-majesté detainee Pongsak Sriboonpeng, according to information received by FIDH. In an opinion issued on 21 November 2016, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) requested that Thailand immediately re