New Democracy Movement (NDM)
27 Dec 2016
The court of appeal has denied bail for a well-known anti-junta activist accused of defaming King Rama X. On 27 December 2016, an appeal court in Khon Kaen Province denied bail to Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa, the first person charged with lèse majesté under the reign of King Maha Vajiralongkorn. The court reasoned that Jatuphat does not seem to respect the law or state authorities, adding that he could intervene with evidence if released.
8 Dec 2016
The Thai military has threatened a prominent anti-junta activist from the New Democracy Movement (NDM) with the lèse majesté law over a Facebook post. On 8 December 2016, Chanoknan Ruamsap, a key member of NDM, posted a message on her Facebook account explaining that the military contacted her family while she was in Brazil.
4 Dec 2016
A provincial court has freed a leading member of an anti-junta activist group accused of lèse majesté for sharing a biography of the new King of Thailand published by the BBC Thai. At 11:45 am on 4 December 2016, the Provincial Court of Khon Kaen granted 400,000 baht bail to Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa, also known as Pai Daodin, a key member of the New Democracy Movement (NDM) anti-junta activist group.
3 Dec 2016
The Thai police have arrested a leading member of an anti-junta activist group for sharing a biography of the new King of Thailand published by the BBC Thai. At about 8: 45 am on 3 December 2016, police officers arrested Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa, aka. Pai Daodin, while he was participating in a rally with a group of Buddhist monks in the northeastern province of Chaiyaphum.
30 Sep 2016
The military prosecutor has indicted a youth anti-junta activist for joining a campaign to investigate Rajabhakti Park corruption allegations. On 27 September 2016, at the Military Court of Bangkok, staff of the Military Judge Advocate General’s Department indicted Chanoknan Ruamsap, a key leader of the New Democracy Movement (NDM), for breaking the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Head’s Order No. 3/2015, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) reported. Section 12 of the order is the junta’s ban on political gatherings of five or more persons.
28 Sep 2016
The police have accused an embattled human rights lawyer of sedition and violation of the junta’s political gathering ban, for observing a pro-democracy protest. Police from Samranrat Police Station issued a summon order for Sirikan Charoensiri, a lawyer from the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), to report to the station on 27 September 2016, the TLHR reported.
27 Sep 2016
Nearly two months after the referendum on the junta-sponsored constitution, the police are summoning more people for violating the junta’s ban on political gatherings over a public seminar about the constitution.
19 Sep 2016
A public seminar to commemorate the 2006 coup was abruptly ended after the audience was outraged by a politician from the Democrat Party. On 18 September 2016, a public seminar titled “Thai Society: 10 Years Without Progress” was cut short after Tankhun Jitt-itsara, a Democrat Party politician, argued in support of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) movement that pushed for the 2014 coup. Rangsiman Rome, a New Democracy Movement (NDM) activist and event organiser, then addressed the audience to argue they
19 Aug 2016
An anti-junta activist has been released on bail after nearly two weeks of a hunger strike. On Friday, 19 August 2016, Phu Khiao Provincial Court released Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa, an anti-junta activist from the New Democracy Movement, from the prison of Phu Khiao District, in the northeastern province of Chaiyaphum, reported Matichon Online. Jatuphat was arrested on 6 August after handing out anti-draft charter flyers at a market in Phu Khiao and started a hunger strike s
18 Aug 2016
Jatuphat Boonyapatraksa, the embattled anti-junta activist from Isaan currently on a hunger strike, has received an additional summon order from the police. This brings the charges against him to four in total. Pawinee Chumsri, an attorney from the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), reported on Wednesday, 17 August 2016, that the police has issued another summon order for Jatuphat, a 25-year-old activist from the New Democracy Movement (NDM).
16 Aug 2016
Thai authorities should urgently release a student activist detained since August 6, 2016, for peacefully protesting the military junta’s proposed constitution, Human Rights Watch said today. Until his release, the Department of Corrections should transfer Jatupat Boonphatthararaksa, who has been on a hunger strike since August 7 at Phu Khiao prison in Chaiyaphum province, to a hospital where he can be under medical supervision.
15 Aug 2016
Pro-democracy activists and lecturers visited a well-known anti-junta activist from Isaan, Thailand’s northeast, who has been stricken with a fever after more than a week of hunger striking behind bars. Chaturapat Boonyapatraksa, 25 and a youth activist from the New Democracy Movement (NDM), is being detained at Phu Khiao District Prison in the Isaan province of Chaiyaphum. Around 40 lecturers from Naresuan University and activists from Dao Din, a youth activist group based in Khon Kaen University, visited Chaturapat on Monday, 15 August 2016.