Thailand’s Digital Ministry has increased its staff at an online surveillance centre tasked with searching for lèse majesté content as the country mourns its late King.
Human rights advocates have attributed the junta’s recent order to cease trials of national security crimes in military courts to international pressure and the incapacity of military courts themselves, rather than the junta’s commitment to human rights. NCPO Head Order No.
Citing national peace and order, a military court has given the green light to the prosecution’s request to hold the trial of six lèse majesté suspects in secret.
A report reveals that Thai justice system hardly take mental-illness of lèse-majesté suspects into account and the number of lèse-majesté cases against mental-illnesses has increased after the 2014 coup. On Tuesday, 28 June 2016, Thailand’s Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) published a report showing the obvious increase in number of lèse-
A military court has denied bail to two critics of the junta who have been charged with lèse-majesté, citing the severity of the charge. On Thursday, 19 May 2016, the Bangkok Military Court denied bail to Harit Mahaton and Natthika Worathaiwich, charged under the lèse-majesté law, ruling that the two might obstruct the investigation process and were flight risks. Their lawyer submitted a bail request with 700,000 baht surety for each individual. Harit and Natthika were two of the eight junta critics abdu
Amid international concerns on the abuse of Thailand’s lèse majesté law, the Thai Justice Minister said other countries did not understand that the law is necessary for Thailand since they did not have civilization, sensitivity, and gentleness. Gen Paiboon Koomchaya, the Minister of Justice, said in having the King, Thailand was unique and civilized.
The Thai police chief has warned anti-junta activists to take the case of the arrested activist’s mother as an example of what happens to those who oppose the junta. On Saturday, 7 May 2016, Chakthip Chaijinda, Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police, warned anti-junta activists that their family members can be prosecuted, just like Patnaree Charnkij, an activist’s mother who has been charged under the lèse majesté law. Chakthip said that the junta repeatedly and clearly explained the country’s roadmap to the public.
An abducted critic of the junta charged with lѐse majesté has warned that private Facebook chat is no longer safe under the military regime. On Monday, 2 May 2016, the Facebook page of a citizen journalist titled ‘Fahroong Srikhao’ published an interview from jail with Harit Mahaton, one of the eight junta critics abducted by the military on 27 April.
An Army unit in northern Thailand filed a police complaint, accusing a businessman of defaming the King on Facebook. The Chiang Rai Army’s Peace and Order Maintenance Command sent a representative to file the complaint at Chiang Rai Police Station on Tuesday, according to ASTV-Manager Online.