17 Feb 2021
The US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan has expressed concerns about the recent arrests of Thai protesters and several lengthy lese-majeste sentences in recent weeks.
17 Feb 2021
The public prosecutor has yet to rule on whether to file a case against 18 people involved in the 19 – 20 September 2020 protests and has postponed the hearing to 8 March 2021; meanwhile four activists detained last week pending trial were once again denied bail.
12 Feb 2021
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch concern over the bail denial of the 4 prominent activists as an abuse of the judicial process to silence peaceful critics.
10 Feb 2021
A spokesperson for the state prosecutor has announced that cases has been filed against Anon Nampa, Somyot Pruksakasemsuk, Patipan Luecha and Parit Chiwarak under Section 112 of the Criminal Code for giving speeches about the monarchy in protests during 2020, according to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights.
8 Feb 2021
UN human rights experts today expressed grave concerns over Thailand’s increasingly severe use of lèse-majesté laws to curtail criticism of the monarchy, and said they were alarmed that a woman had been sentenced to over 43 years in prison for insulting the royal family.
26 Jan 2021
A court has found not guilty Bundit Aneeya, an 80-year-old writer and translator in his third lèse majesté trial. The court ruled that his allegedly criminal comment made in public in 2015 did not directly refer to the monarch. His comment could be interpreted in many ways.
20 Jan 2021
The record-breaking sentence delivered to Anchan, 63, who was found guilty of lèse majesté, is a "serious assault" on freedom of expression and shows how Section 112 is inconsistent with international human rights law, says Amnesty International's Asia-Pacific Regional Director.
20 Jan 2021
Anchan (pseudonym), 63, found guilty under Section 112 of the Criminal Code, has been sentenced to 87 years in prison, with the sentence reduced because of her confession and 3 years spent in prison pending her trial. The net sentence is 43 years and 6 months, the longest sentence ever under Section 112.
6 Jan 2021
3 more people have been charged with royal defamation under Section 112 of the Criminal Code, bringing the number of people facing Section 112 charges to 40.
23 Dec 2020
On 22 December, the Criminal Court found Patnaree Chankij, the mother of pro-democracy activist Sirawith Seritiwat, not guilty of charges under the lèse majesté law and the Computer Crime Act after she responded in a chat with her son’s friend with ‘cha’ (yes).
21 Dec 2020
Amnesty International has issued an appeal for its members worldwide to send letters to Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha calling for an end to criminal prosecutions of peaceful protestors.
18 Dec 2020
Two students facing charges under the lèse majesté law for participating in a “fashion show” during a pro-democracy protest on Silom Road went to hear the charges yesterday (17 December), while members of the We Volunteer protest guard group and other protesters gathered outside the police station in Thai traditional dress to show support.