National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)
A Deputy Prime Minister has said that a key member of a progressive law academic group might be prosecuted under the Referendum Act for campaigning for ‘vote no’.
After being forced into taking a so-called ‘attitude adjustment session’ by the military, 19 red shirts accused of breaking the junta’s ban on political gatherings were forced to sign an agreement promising to steer clear of all political activities.
As news of the foiled coup d’état in Turkey triggered new waves of criticism against the Thai junta, the Thai military regime said that comparing Thailand with Turkey is not ‘creative’ because Thailand is unique.
As the referendum on the junta-sponsored draft charter draws near, the Thai junta leader has given power to a national media regulator to close down media critical of the regime without any accountability. The Royal Gazette website on Thursday, 13 July 2016, published the latest order of the Thai junta, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Head’s Order No. 41/2016.
Local people are to be evicted in the name of development, as the Thai junta invokes its absolute power to clear land for the benefit of big businesses.
Key members of Resistant Citizen, a well-known anti-junta activists group, and other leading pro-democracy activists might be charged with Computer Crime Act over performing in a music video on the draft constitution referendum.
A District Court has confirmed that the Military Court has jurisdiction over trials of anti-junta activists charged with violating the junta’s political gathering ban, saying the junta has successfully gained control of the country since the coup d’état. The Military Court of Bangkok on Tuesday, 7 June 2016, held a deposition hearing for Natchacha Kongudom, an anti-junta youth activist indicted for violating the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Head’s Order No. 3/2015. The order prohibits any political gathering of five or more persons.
A self-described patriotic group has urged the police to probe a well-known anti-junta activist group who accused the Thai junta of overthrowing the constitution.
In addition to lifting a travel ban imposed on political dissidents, the deputy junta head said that the so-called attitude adjustment sessions will no longer be held in military barracks to make things less intimidating. On Tuesday, 31 May 2016, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Head’s Order No. 25/2016 was announced in the Royal Gazette. The order cancels NCPO Announcement No. 21/2014, thereby lifting the travel ban imposed on individuals listed in the announcement, most of whom are political dissidents and politicians from the Pheu Thai Party.