8 Mar 2016
Chiang Mai Provincial Court has dismissed charges against a Lahu ethnic minority activist accused of posting a video clip defaming the Thai military. According to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), the Provincial Court of Chiang Mai on Tuesday, 8 March 2016, dismissed charges against Maitree Chamroensuksakul, a Lahu activist and citizen journalist, indicted for offences under Article 14 of the 2007 Computer Crime Code (importation of illegal internet content).
16 Feb 2016
Buddhist hardliners and monks in the northern province of Chiang Mai have voiced opposition to a plan to establish a Halal food industrial zone, claiming that it will destroy the cultural heritage of the province. A Facebook page called Pokpong Sangkha Monthon (Protect the Buddhist County) on Tuesday, 16 February 2016, posted a letter signed by 12 organisations based in Chiang Mai.
28 Jan 2016
More than 100 migrant workers employed on construction sites in northern Thailand have been left unpaid by a real estate company. According Prachatham News, at 9 am on Wednesday, 27 January 2016, 121 migrant workers demonstrated at the Labour Protection and Welfare Office of the northern province of Chiang Mai.
23 Sep 2015
More than ten years after the war on drugs wreaked havoc on many Lahu ethnic minority families in the hilly northern Thai-Myanmar border, arbitrary abuses and discrimination from Thai state authorities continue as they struggle to come to terms with their traumatic past.
17 Aug 2015
A labour union in northern Thailand has urged the authorities to take legal action to force a textile company to compensate workers for suspending operations. On 13 August 2015, representatives of the Textile Labour Union in the northern province of Chiang Mai came to the provincial Damrong Tham Centre, set up under the Interior Ministry to receive complaints, to talk to the Governor of Chiang Mai.
7 Aug 2015
A military court in northern Thailand has sentenced a hotel employee with two children to 28 years behind bars for posting Facebook messages alleged to defame the Thai monarchy.
6 Jul 2015
People gathered in the northern province of Chiang Mai, Thailand, to show moral support to the 14 embattled anti-junta activists under tight monitoring of the police and military officers. On Sunday, 5 July 2015, a crowd gathered in front of Chiang Mai University to hold an event called ‘Post Its for Freedom’ to urge for an immediate release for the 14 embattled anti-junta activists who have been detained since last week, 26 June 2015.
6 Jul 2015
The military officers in northern Thailand have threatened to force the cancellation of a discussion about LGBT if it touches on political issues. According to Prachatham News, military officers from 33rd Army Division of the northern province of Chiang Mai at 12:30 pm on Saturday, 4 July 2015, came to inspect an event called ‘Gender & LGBTIQs in Modern Society’ at the Cultural Exhibition Hall of Chiang Mai University.
30 Jun 2015
Khaosod English: Three people have reportedly been arrested for their suspected connection to a brief pro-democracy demonstration in front of the United States Consulate in northern Thailand today. Around ten masked activists gathered in front of the US Consulate in Chiang Mai province this afternoon and held signs pledging their support for human rights, democracy, and non-violence.
10 Jun 2015
A military court in northern Thailand has held a deposition hearing in a lèse majesté case involving a mother of two in camera, citing public morals and stability. On Tuesday, the military court of the northern province of Chiang Mai held a deposition hearing in the case of Sasiwimol (surname withheld due to privacy concerns), a 29-year-old employee of a hotel in the province for allegedly posting six lèse majesté messages under the Facebook identity ‘Rungnapha Kampichai’.
5 Mar 2015
The military forced a public seminar on martial law in northern Thailand to be cancelled due to its sensitive political content. Military officers from the 3rd Army in the northern province of Chiang Mai on Wednesday contacted the organizers of a public seminar entitled “Directions of Civil Society Organisations under the National Council of Peace and Order (NCPO)” to cancel the seminar. The military claimed that they are concerned because the seminar was related to the political situation under the junta’s NCPO as the seminar title suggested.
23 Feb 2015
The Thai military detained a northern activist for holding a symbolic political event to condemn the junta’s forest policy in the northern province of Chiang Mai. Meanwhile, three other activists were detained by police in Bangkok for staging another protest against the junta. At around 5 pm on Saturday the military detained Pruet Odochao, a Karen activist from a group called People’s Group for Northern Reform, for two hours after he participated in a symbolic political activity of lighting candles in front of the Three Kings Monument in central Chiang Mai.