The European Union Delegation issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Thailand. Bangkok, 30 June 2015 – The arrests of 14 students on the basis of charges brought against them for peacefully demonstrating on 22 May is a disturbing development. The EU believes in the right of all to express peacefully their opinions and calls upon the Thai authorities to abide by Thailand's obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Despite the risk of being sent to seven years in jail by the military court and harassments from the Thai junta, the 14 embattled anti junta activists, most of them university students, from the Neo Democracy Movement (NDM) still stand firm on their demand for democracy against the Thai military regime. The 14 are: 1 Rangsiman Rome 2 Wason Setthasit 3 Songtham Kaewpanpruk 4 Phayu Boonsopon 5 Apiwat Soontararak 6 Rattapon Supsopon 7 Supachai Phuklongploy 8 Abhisit Suebnapa
JAKARTA, 26 June 2015 – ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) called on Thai authorities to drop all charges and immediately release students arrested in Bangkok today, adding that the time had come for others in the region to take a stand alongside those fighting for democracy in Thailand. Fourteen students were arrested this evening, according to reports, charged with taking part in a gathering of more than five people—an act outlawed under the National Council for Peace and Order’s (NCPO) order no. 3/2558.
About 100 people gathered at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument on Thursday when a group of embattled activists from Bangkok and Khon Kaen awaited arrest by the police and rallied against the military regime amid tight security. On 25 June, 11 anti-junta student activists under the newly founded Neo Democracy Movement (NDM) protested against the military dictatorship at the Democracy Monument, Ratchadamnoen Avenue, Bangkok. The rally began in the afternoon after the group left Suan Ngern Mee Ma, a place under the care of Sulak Sivaraks
June 26 is observed as the International Day in support of the victims of torture. Unfortunately, in Thailand, the day will be eclipsed by the military regime that is in power since May 2014, when it overthrew the last elected government. The National Council for Peace and Order that is in power is military machinery. It has, since inception, actively engaged in purging voices of political as well as academic dissent on the military coup. Practice of torture is widespread in Thailand.
In pursuance to the invocation of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order no. 7/2557 to ban political gathering and Section 44 of the 2014 Interim Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand which issue the Order of Head of NCPO no. 3/2015 regarding the maintenance of public order and national security as well as the orders to authorize military court to have jurisdiction over cases related to political assembly, the police and military officials have lately exercised their draconian power to hold a person in custody.
About 20 police officers, most in plainclothes, have been deployed at the entrance to a Bangkok safe house of 11 of 14 student activists wanted on arrest warrants for protesting. The 11 are wanted on arrest warrants for commemorating the first anniversary of the coup at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre and in Khon Kaen on 22 May. Rangsiman Rome, one of the 11, told Prachatai that they will not resist arrest as this fight is coming to an end.
The police on Wednesday morning arrested Natchacha Kongudom, a transgender student activist, after she was admitted to hospital. Natchacha, 21, is one of the eight students wanted on an arrest warrant for violating the junta’s order when they attempted to commemorate the first anniversary of the coup d’état on 22 May. Natchacha was admitted to Vibhavadi Hospital.
The military court has granted bail to a student activist arrested on the first anniversary of the military coup last month after the police accsed him of defying the junta’s order. Eight other activists will report in on Wednesday. Chatchai or Thatchapong Kaedam, nicknamed Boy, an anti-coup activist from the Student and People Network for Thailand's Reform (STR) on Monday reported himself to the police at the Pathumwan Police Station.
It'd be very funny if we're jailed and other inmates ask "Why are you in jail?" and we reply "For showing a banner."