NCPO Head Order No. 3/2015
A democracy activist accused of defying the junta’s ban on political gatherings and the controversial referendum act has vowed to fight the case in a military court while the military prosecutor wants his right to vote to be suspended for a decade. The Military Court of Bangkok on 24 May 2017 held a deposition hearing in the case of Rakchat Wongathichat, a member of the New Democracy Movement (NDM).
On International Women’s Day, police officers pressed charges against seven female villagers for opposing a local gold mine. On 8 March 2016, officers from Wang Saphung Police Station pressed charges against seven villagers for protesting against a local gold mine. The seven were accused of threatening officials and violating NCPO Head Order 3/2015, the junta’s ban on public gatherings of five people or more.
20 villagers have been found guilty of violating the junta’s ban on public gatherings by supporting a referendum monitoring campaign. The villagers pleaded guilty, but only because of the high costs of fighting the case. On 6 March 2016, Udon Thani Military Court ruled that 20 villagers from Sakon Nakhon province were guilty of violating NCPO Head Order 3/2015, the junta’s ban on public assemblies of five people or more.
A military court has indicted a man for allegedly participating in a campaign against the junta-backed draft charter in late June despite the fact that he merely observed the campaign. He was later released on bail without condition. On 1 November 2016, Rackchart Wong-arthichart was indicted for violating NCPO Order No. 3/2015, the junta’s ban on political gatherings of five or more persons, and the controversial Referendum Act.