freedom of expression
16 Dec 2020
The number of people involved in recent protests who have been charged under Section 112 continues to rise as 31 people have now been summoned, one of whom is 16 years old. Meanwhile, the public prosecutor in Nakhon Phanom has issued a prosecution order in the case of a man accused of royal defamation for a Facebook post made in 2016.
15 Dec 2020
A group of alumni and current students from the Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, has issued an open letter to King Vajiralongkorn, calling for the repeal of Thailand’s lèse majesté law, with which at least 24 people involved with recent protests have been charged in the past two weeks.
7 Dec 2020
17 activists have received summonses to hear lèse majesté charges during the past week, since Parit Chiwarak received a summons on 24 November. The law has not been used in the past two years.
4 Dec 2020
US Senators Bob Menendez and Dick Durbin, along with seven other senators, introduced yesterday (3 December 2020) a Senate Resolution in support of Thailand's pro-democracy movement, which have been met with violence and repression from the authorities.
25 Nov 2020
Thai authorities must refrain from prosecuting individuals involved in the ongoing pro-democracy protests under Article 112 of the Thai Criminal Code (lèse-majesté), FIDH urged today (25 November).
12 Nov 2020
As the government's attempts to curb dissent in the country increase, the spread of hate speech on social media has spiked. Limiting the spread of hate speech has proved to be difficult.
4 Nov 2020
Yesterday (3 November 2020), representatives of five Thai human rights organisations went to submit a letter to the police commander on the violation of law and human rights during the legal action taken against pro-democracy protesters.
1 Nov 2020
Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, Parit Chiwarak, and Panupong Jadnok faced a long night after the court denied a police request to extend their temporary detention in Bangkok Remand Prison. Re-arrest was waiting for them outside amidst allegations of illegal arrest by the police, where violence was involved.
31 Oct 2020
PEN International issued a statement on Thursday (29 October) raising concern over the ongoing crackdown against dissenting voices and called for the Thai authorities to drop all charges against peaceful demonstrators.
27 Oct 2020
The Manushya Foundation and its partner organizations issued a statement on 25 October calling on the Thai government to end its control over the digital space by attacking media freedom, tech companies and anyone telling the truth about pro-democracy protests online.
23 Oct 2020
UN human rights experts urged today (22 October) the Thai government to guarantee the fundamental rights of peaceful assembly and free speech and called for an end to a crackdown on peaceful protests.
21 Oct 2020
Following the report of a court order to suspend Voice TV's online platforms, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have issued statements on the government's attempt to shut down media outlets.