18 Aug 2014
Violation of freedom of expression must be stopped Fair trial principles must be observed Two student activists must be released without delay During 15-16 August 2014, police officials from the Chana Songkhram Metropolitan Police Station arrested Mr.
15 Aug 2014
After ASTV-Manager Weekly last week was reprimanded by the junta, the publisher of Matichon Weekly on Friday decided to halt distribution of its latest issue due to fear of a lèse majesté prosecution. ASTV-Manager Online on Friday reported that it has been confirmed by the distributer of the weekly news magazine that Matichon has asked the distributer to stop distributing issue 1774 of the magazine for 15-21 August, but did not call in the ones which had been sold, adding that Matichon told the distributor that it “doesn’t want the publishi
15 Aug 2014
The police on Friday morning arrested and charged Pornthip M. with lèse majesté for her involvement with a political play about a fictional monarch, which has deemed lèse majesté by the police.
14 Aug 2014
The Criminal Court on Thursday found a taxi driver guilty of lèse majesté based on his conversation with a passenger and sentenced him to two years and six months in jail. The 43-year-old Yuthasak (last name withheld due to privacy concerns), the taxi driver, pleaded guilty before the court, according to iLaw. The topic of the conversation which later landed the driver in jail was inequality in Thai society. In June, the pol
8 Aug 2014
Khaosod English Buddhist monk and former anti-government activist Buddha Issara has filed criminal charges against two men responsible for an anti-royal video. Buddha Issara was accompanied by a dozen supporters when he met with police officers at the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok today and urged them to take legal action against the men in the video. In the video clip, posted on Youtube on 1 August, two unidentified men in suits say they are members of the "Thai Allia
31 Jul 2014
Ubon Ratchathani Court on Thursday sentenced a man to 15 years in jail for posting messages deemed lèse majesté on Facebook. The court initially sentenced him to 30 years, but since the defendant pleaded guilty, the sentence was reduced by half, iLaw reported. The man, whose first name begins with P and last name begins with T, was found guilty on nine counts for nine comments insulting the King, Queen and the Crown Prince on Facebook between July 2011 and March 2012.
29 Jul 2014
Thantawut Taweewarodomkul aka “Noom Rednon”, a former convict under Article 112 or the lèse majesté law, revealed on Tuesday that his family has been followed and harassed by the military after he did not report to the junta as ordered. Thantawut was sentenced to 13 years in jail for posting lèse majesté messages on a website. After serving three years in jail, he received a royal pardon. After he was freed in July 2013, he occasionally joined red-shirt pro-democracy activities.
28 Jul 2014
“I have no regrets, at all, that I decided not to report myself to the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).” Even though many people told me to reconsider, I remain firm in my original decision. As soon as the broadcast of Announcement No. 5/2557  of the military dictatorship of the NCPO on the afternoon of Saturday, 24 May 2014, which ordered 35 individuals to report themselves, was finished, I did not hesitate.
24 Jul 2014
Thai Criminal Court on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for Apiwan Wiriyachai, former deputy House speaker, Pheu Thai MP and red-shirt figure, after the police charged him with lèse majesté. Apiwan Wiriyachai (Photo courtesy of parliament.go.th)
24 Jul 2014
The fate of lèse majesté detainees under the junta is perhaps not much different than under past democratic governments -- unwarranted lengthy detention without bail remains the order of the day. Akradet E., a third-year engineering student at Mahanakorn University of Technology, was denied bail for the fourth time on Tuesday. Akradet’s father, Surapol, made a plea to the court with a 150,000 baht surety that the university required registration on 5-9 August so that he could be enrolled for the fourth year when classes reop
15 Jul 2014
Coup makers, since 1976 coup d’etat, have regularly cited a surge of lese majeste as a prerequisite for overthrowing an elected government. The 2006 coup, when lese majeste was cited as one of the major reasons, marked a surge of the lese majeste cases. The atrocity in April-May 2010, where almost 100 of people were killed during the military crackdown on anti-establishment red-shirt protesters, also contributed to a dramatic rise of lese majeste cases, especially the offences committed online.
14 Jul 2014
The Criminal Court will start hearing two lese majeste cases this Wednesday and in mid August, according to iLaw, an Internet-based human rights advocacy group. In the first case, a man in his twenties, was arrested and charged with lese majeste and offences under the Computer Crime Act.