After five student activists from Khon Kaen University were arrested on Wednesday morning for flashing a three-fingered salute, a group of 11 student activists from Bangkok’s Thammasat University organized a supper at the Democracy Monument to show support for their fellow student activists, which led to their arrest late on Wednesday night. After they were detained for about four hours, the police released them before midnight without charge.
For almost five months, the Thai military has used the draconian century-old martial law to detain anti-coup protesters and academics. Recently, however, it has also used the martial law to arrest and detain suspects without charge in cases related to general crimes and informal debts. Human rights lawyers say the military’s use of the law is arbitrary and unnecessary and contradicts the spirit of the law. In the past ten days, the military has used martial law in at least five cases to detain people and search the houses of activists.
The Military Court rejected bail requests of red-shirt defendants accused of planned rebellion against the coup makers despite the lacks of evidence, while their lawyers objected having the case tried in the martial court. The nickname ‘Khon Kaen Model’ was given to the cases of 26 defendants, mostly elderly, accused of being hard-core red shirts who planned to rebel against the junta.
The court has rejected an appeal to investigate an alleged torture case in Pattani on grounds that the 2007 Constitution can no longer be used to claim a citizen’s basic rights, according to the Muslim Attorney Center Foundation. On 7 September, the Pattani Provincial Court rejected an appeal by Rohima Huseng, who alleged security officers in Pattani tortured her brother, Hasan Huseng, during interrogation. Hasan Huseng, a suspected insurgent, was captured by Spec
A Military Court in Chiang Rai Province early this week sentenced seven anti-coup protesters to six months in jail and a fine of 10,000 baht, but since the defendants pleaded guilty, the sentences were halved and the jail terms suspended for one year. On Monday and Tuesday, the Military Court delivered verdicts in two cases.
The conflict over the mine in Loei is the first test of the junta’s policy to create reconciliation. The villagers say they have lost trust after the military intervened.
The military have refused to disclose the whereabouts of a red-shirt supporter who has been detained for 13 days, and say he wants to continue his stay in a military camp. On Friday, lawyers from the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, a network of human rights lawyers, met the police and the military to ask for information regarding Yongyuth Boondee, aka “Daeng Shinjang,” because he has been detained for longer than seven days -- the period allowed under martial law.
More than 100 URLs have been blocked since the imposition of martial law on May 20, and more than 22,000 URLs have been blocked in total since December 2011, Surachai Srisarakham, Permanent Secretary of the ICT Ministry, told media on Saturday. This was the work of the Cyber Security Operation Center (CSOC), he said.