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.
11 Dec 2014
In an unprecedented decision a military court has granted bail to a 50-year-old cook, accused of possessing illegal weapons after having denied her bail request four times.
23 Nov 2014
The military in Chiang Mai threatened two anti-coup protesters who gave the three-fingered salute in Chiang Mai city, warning that the military will ‘visit’ them at their homes if they do not stop their political activity. Earlier an editor was detained for flashing the anti-coup symbol in the same incident.
22 Nov 2014
[Upadte]: The military arrested two more peple on Saturday in Chiang Mai for flashing the three-fingered salutes in the anti-junta picture posted on Facebook on Friday after they arrested Nithipong and forced him to sign an agreement not to join any political activities again. The military in Chiang Mai arrested an editor for flashing a three-fingered salute in Chiang Mai. The editor was released after being coerced into signing the military-drafted agreement not to engage in political activity again
21 Nov 2014
Thai military in Northern Chiang Mai Province arrested an activist on Thursday night after she took and shared a photo of her holding a sheet of paper reading “No Martial Law” and “No NCPO.” The military said free expression is allowed only when the second phase of the junta’s reform plan starts in September 2015.
13 Nov 2014
Under the Thai military dictatorship, Thais are not only deprived of their freedom of expression and assembly but also the right to wear their favourite t-shirts. The Chiang Mai military has been especially paranoid and sensitive about t-shirts. In the latest incident, the Chiang Mai military attempted to force northern land rights activists not to wear the group’s campaign t-shirts when meeting a minister.
11 Nov 2014
The military court has refused to grant bail to a 50-year-old woman from northern Lamphun Province, accused of possessing illegal weapons, despite the suspect’s poor health. The defence lawyer, meanwhile, has challenged the military court’s jurisdiction over the case. Saowani Intalo, a 50-year-old restaurant owner, was arrested along with Phairat Singkham, 38 years old, during a 26 May raid by military and police forces on a longan farm in the northern province of Lamphun.
16 Oct 2014
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