19 August 2014 Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights : Ravina Shamdasani Location: Geneva Subject: Thailand We are seriously concerned about the prosecution and harsh sentencing of individuals in Thailand under the country's lèse majesté law. Such measures are adding to the larger pattern of increasing restrictions on freedom of expression in Thailand.
Violation of freedom of expression must be stopped Fair trial principles must be observed Two student activists must be released without delay During 15-16 August 2014, police officials from the Chana Songkhram Metropolitan Police Station arrested Mr.
After ASTV-Manager Weekly last week was reprimanded by the junta, the publisher of Matichon Weekly on Friday decided to halt distribution of its latest issue due to fear of a lèse majesté prosecution. ASTV-Manager Online on Friday reported that it has been confirmed by the distributer of the weekly news magazine that Matichon has asked the distributer to stop distributing issue 1774 of the magazine for 15-21 August, but did not call in the ones which had been sold, adding that Matichon told the distributor that it “doesn’t want the publishi
The police on Friday morning arrested and charged Pornthip M. with lèse majesté for her involvement with a political play about a fictional monarch, which has deemed lèse majesté by the police.
The police on Thursday arrested a student activist from northeastern Khon Kaen University and charged him with lèse majesté. He was accused of taking part in a political play about a fictional monarch, deemed lèse majesté by the police. On Friday, the court rejected his bail request. He is now detained at Bangkok Remand Prison. The police arrested Patiwat S., 23, on campus on Thursday at 3 pm.
Ubon Ratchathani Court on Thursday sentenced a man to 15 years in jail for posting messages deemed lèse majesté on Facebook. The court initially sentenced him to 30 years, but since the defendant pleaded guilty, the sentence was reduced by half, iLaw reported. The man, whose first name begins with P and last name begins with T, was found guilty on nine counts for nine comments insulting the King, Queen and the Crown Prince on Facebook between July 2011 and March 2012.
Thantawut Taweewarodomkul aka “Noom Rednon”, a former convict under Article 112 or the lèse majesté law, revealed on Tuesday that his family has been followed and harassed by the military after he did not report to the junta as ordered. Thantawut was sentenced to 13 years in jail for posting lèse majesté messages on a website. After serving three years in jail, he received a royal pardon. After he was freed in July 2013, he occasionally joined red-shirt pro-democracy activities.
“I have no regrets, at all, that I decided not to report myself to the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).” Even though many people told me to reconsider, I remain firm in my original decision. As soon as the broadcast of Announcement No. 5/2557  of the military dictatorship of the NCPO on the afternoon of Saturday, 24 May 2014, which ordered 35 individuals to report themselves, was finished, I did not hesitate.
Thai Criminal Court on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for Apiwan Wiriyachai, former deputy House speaker, Pheu Thai MP and red-shirt figure, after the police charged him with lèse majesté. Apiwan Wiriyachai (Photo courtesy of parliament.go.th)
The fate of lèse majesté detainees under the junta is perhaps not much different than under past democratic governments -- unwarranted lengthy detention without bail remains the order of the day. Akradet E., a third-year engineering student at Mahanakorn University of Technology, was denied bail for the fourth time on Tuesday. Akradet’s father, Surapol, made a plea to the court with a 150,000 baht surety that the university required registration on 5-9 August so that he could be enrolled for the fourth year when classes reop