lèse majesté law
1 Oct 2021
Student activist Patsaravalee Tanakitvibulpon has been indicted on a royal defamation charge related to a speech she gave at a protest on 24 March 2021, in which she said that the monarchy must reform itself in order to survive.
20 Jul 2021
Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) reported on Monday night that the police arrested Sitthichok Sethasavet, 25, a Foodpanda delivery rider accused of burning a royal arch at Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue during the 18 July protest. He is accused of royal defamation and arson before released on bail on Tuesday.
11 Jun 2021
In a conversation with Prachatai, the President of the Blind Society Association of Thailand, who has just filed a second complaint of royal defamation against another blind person, insists that the monarchy can be criticized with proper language, reason and factual evidence. Despite sending a blind woman to jail in the past, he believes that the accused this time can adjust to prison life as it is “the same as boarding school”.
10 Jun 2021
Phatanachai Sakawi, President of the Blind Society Association of Thailand, has gone to Thungmahamek Police Station in Bangkok to report an allegedly lèse majesté comment posted by someone older who also has a visibility impairment.
21 May 2021
A group of people claiming to be government officials and people ‘with the duty of suppression and control regarding the institution of the monarchy’ stormed a student’s home in Phetchabun Province to force her to apologize for alleged royal defamation.
20 May 2021
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's lawyer has filed a report with the police against Suthipongse 'Heart' Thatphithakkul under the lèse majesté law and the Computer Crime Act. Suthipongse, a famous Thai singer with a political profile, is one among many who have been charged for speaking out against the government's vaccine policy.
11 May 2021
Pro-democracy protester Phromsorn ‘Fah’ Weerathamjaree has been released from Thanyaburi prison after almost 2 months in detention and a hunger strike. This follows similar releases of other protestors. Phromsorn reunites with friends after being released.
6 May 2021
Scholars at Risk (SAR) has sent to Thai authorities the letter raising concern over the rapidly deteriorating health of two detained students, Parit Chiwarak and Panusaya Sitthijirawattanakul. SAR calls for an immediate release so they may get the appropriate medical care they need.
6 May 2021
One day ahead of a court ruling on the temporary release of 3 famous pro-democracy protesters detained on royal defamation charges, the Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA) has urged the Office of the Judicial Commission to look into 3 questionable points which may involve the courts in political conflict.
26 Apr 2021
Chukiat ‘Justin’ Sangwong, a leading figure in the Thai pro-democracy protests, has tested positive for Covid-19 while in detention as a suspect under the lèse majesté law, the Department of Corrections confirmed on 24 April.
23 Apr 2021
A Ministry of Digital Economy and Society representative filed a complaint against a trans woman for sharing a Facebook post of an academic critic of the monarchy. In another incident, a man was charged for a post in the ‘Royalist Marketplace’ Facebook group, according to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights.
20 Apr 2021
David Eirich Streckfuss, an American academic who had his work permit terminated without notice by Khon Kaen University, has to wait for 15 more days for the result of his visa application as the Immigration Bureau needs more time to inspect the paperwork. David sitting in the Immigration Office on 19 April.