Among the 39 individuals who have been summoned for joining the anti-junta protest on Saturday is at least one journalist from Khaosod newspaper. Khaosod journalist Noppakow Kongsuwan told Prachatai that he was at the protest at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Siam Square, on Saturday in his capacity as a journalist. He did not speak or help to organise the event. But he is facing a charge of joining a public assembly within 150 metres of a royal site, a violation of Article 7 of the 2015 Public Assembly Act.
Despite a recent ruling from the Administrative Court ordering the authorities to facilitate the civil rights march, local authorities in Nakhon Ratchasima have pressured the civil rights march to leave the area two days earlier than planned. On 1 February 2018, about 10 local government officials visited participants in We Walk, A Walk for Friendship at a temple in Nakhon Ratchasima and asked them to leave the temple earlier than planned. According to Eakachai Issaratha, one of the marchers, the participants planned to stay
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) will scrutinise two reports from Human Rights Watch (HRW) previously denounced by the Foreign Ministry. The new constitution orders the NHRC to investigate reports on human rights in Thailand, said a commissioner. On 1 January 2018, What Tingsamitr, the NHRC chairperson, revealed that the Commission would appoint a committee to investigate two HRW reports.
An anti-junta historian has reported to the police or sharing a fake news report about a purse of Prayut’s wife. He denied all accusations and observed that this lawsuit was the junta’s effort to silence criticism. On 31 January 2018, Charnvit Kasetsiri, former President of Thammasat University, reported to the police’s Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) to hear a cybercrime charge against him. The police accused Charnvit of violating Article 14 of the Computer Crime Act.
Bangkok police have summoned 39 participants in last weekend’s political campaign, which urged the junta to step down.
The junta has filed charges against eight organisers of the civil rights march from Bangkok to Khon Kaen for violating the junta’s ban on public assembly. On 31 January 20198, eight organisers of We Walk, A Walk for Friendship reported to Khlong Luang Police Station, Pathum Thani Province, to hear the accusation against them.
A court in Khon Kaen has convicted six teenagers of lèse majesté for burning royal arches with portraits of King Rama IX and King Rama X. On 31 January 2018, the Provincial Court of Phon District, Khon Kaen Province, found six teenagers guilty of royal defamation, criminal association and arson.
The junta has file charges against seven pro-democracy activists for criminal sedition and violating the junta’s public assembly ban after the seven held a symbolic activity calling for elections last weekend. On 30 January 2018, the junta has ordered seven of the most prominent pro-democracy activists charged with crimes including sedition after they launched a protest campaign calling for general elections to be held in November. Read more at
The director of a university polling institute has resigned after being ordered to delay publishing a survey on Gen Prawit’s luxury watches. On 29 January 2018, Arnond Sakworawich resigned as Director of the Research Centre of the National Institute of Development Administration, also known as NIDA Poll. The day before, Arnond posted on his Facebook account that his resignation was to protest the university’s failure to preserve academic freedom under the military regime.
A group of academics has thrown their support behind the organisers of the civil rights march who are accused of violating a junta order.