Computer Crime Act
11 May 2020
Ever since the 2014 coup d'état by the NCPO, there have been relentless efforts to silence critics. Human rights defenders, activists, journalists, opposition politicians, and online users have faced ‘lawfare’ where the government brought criminal charges against them to stop criticism.
8 Oct 2019
Political activist Karn Pongpraphapan was arrested last night (7 October) by the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD), after an arrest warrant was issued for a violation of Article 14 of the Computer-related Crime Act, said Winyat Chatmontree, Karn’s attorney and the Secretary General of the United Lawyers for Rights and Liberty.
17 Jun 2019
Wisarut Butkhun, 32, was found dead in his house in Chanthaburi province with a bullet hole in his forehead. His father and uncle said he shot himself after being harassed over political comments on Facebook. Source: Krisada Sawatdichai
2 Nov 2017
The prosecutor in the Deep South province of Pattani has dropped the charges against 3 prominent human rights defenders who documented allegations of human rights abuses in the restive Deep South.
3 Aug 2017
With a secret military court again denying bail last week to Jatuphat Boonpattararaksa, a law student from Khon Kaen University in Northeast Thailand, the regime is adopting show trials targeting university students, human rights activists, and academics. In effect, it is engaging in cyberwarfare against its own people, cementing a surveillance state. In addition, the military state mentality presents a clear and present threat to Thailand’s overseas image and economy.
5 Jan 2017
The revised Computer Crime Act has introduced the novel offence of ‘distorted information’. Once the Act comes into force, any information which is transmitted online, like these articles, and which is deliberately false, can serve as the basis for a criminal prosecution.
28 Dec 2016
She would not let the death of her uncle be forgotten as insignificant and has braved legal, physical and psychological threats in her fight against military-backed torture. Prachatai introduces Naritsarawan ‘May’ Keawnopparat, our Person of the Year 2016.
27 Dec 2016
Representatives from both the Pheu Thai and Democrat parties have called for the promulgation of the recently amended Computer Crimes Act to be delayed, so that its controversial changes can be rethought. For Surapong Tovichakchaikul, a leader of the Pheu Thai party, the Computer Crimes Act will never succeed in preventing netizens from using technology and the internet for dissenting purposes. Amendments to the Act that were unanimously approved by Thailand’s junta-appointed legislature, the National Legislative Assembly,
10 Dec 2016
It has been nine years since the Computer Crime Act (CCA) was promulgated in the wake of the 2006 coup to control the netizens in Thailand. Many websites have been blocked, often permanently without due process or remedy; and many internet users have unjustifiably faced criminal prosecution for expressing their opinion online. Now, the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) appointed by the 2014 coup-makers is considering amendments to the law as one of its primary agenda.
4 May 2016
The Thai military summoned an anti-dam activist into a military camp, warning that he might be charged with the computer crime act and the sedition law for his facebook post reporting land dispute between local people and investors. On Wednesday, 4 May 2016, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) reported that on Tuesday, 3 April 2016, Kritsakorn Silarak, a coordinator of the Assembly of the Poor for Pak Mun dam, was summoned into 22th Army Circle Camp in the northeastern province of Ubon
17 Mar 2016
An environmentalist has been given a one-year suspended jail term because of a Facebook post criticising a coal ash project. On Thursday, 17 March 2016, Nakhon Si Thammarat Provincial Court sentenced Kumpol Jittanang, a marine environmentalist and coordinator of the Disaster Management Centre, Nakhon Si Thammarat, to one year in jail after finding him guilty of defaming an academic. The court also fined him 40,000 baht, iLaw reported.
21 Jul 2015
Witness testimony has ended in the defamation case brought by the Royal Thai Navy against two fruit vendors in Phuket, with the verdict set to be delivered at the end of the next month. The case rests on a misspelled English sign, written in marker pen on a scrap of cardboard, which the defendants displayed on their fruit stall last year. The sign read ‘Naval oranges cheep’.