3 Oct 2019
UN human rights experts have expressed serious concerns about the disappearance of a prominent Lao human rights defender, Od Sayavong, who went missing in Thailand just months after meeting a UN special rapporteur.
10 Feb 2015
10 February 2015 Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville Location: Geneva We are concerned that a number of proposed amendments to the 1955 Act on the Organization of Military Courts due for consideration this week are not in line with international human rights standards.
12 Dec 2014
Two years after the abduction of the prominent, internationally acclaimed Lao development worker Sombath Somphone by Lao state agents, the Lao government has done very little to find the truth, experts say. Meanwhile, the disappearance and lack of justice has effectively created a climate of fear which has worsened the human rights situation in Laos.
11 Dec 2014
9 December 2014 – The murders of two human rights defenders working on land and natural resource issues in the south of Thailand underscore the need for authorities in the country to take urgent measures to ensure the safety and protection of such people, United Nations said today.
28 Nov 2014
Khon Kaen student activists arrested for giving three-fingered salute at the head of the junta reported intimidations they received after their release to the United Nations officers in Bangkok.
31 Oct 2014
BANGKOK (31 October 2014) – The United Nations Human Rights Office for South East Asia (OHCHR) is seriously concerned that criminal defamation is being used in Thailand as a means to pressure human rights defenders. In the latest example on 29 October, the Phuket Provincial Court decided to proceed with a criminal defamation suit against Mr. Surapan Rujichaiwat from Loei province in north-eastern Thailand. The suit has been brought by Tungkum Company Limited, a mining company.
22 Oct 2014
The military court rejected bail for a redshirt radio host in closed door trial. On Tuesday, the military court denied 800,000 baht bail to Kathawut B., a redshirt radio host charged with lèse majesté, due to the severity of the charge and the flight risk because the charge relates to the revered Thai monarchy, which equates to national security, according to iLaw. On Monday the Military Court tried Kathawut and another suspect who asked not to be identified in camera despite objections from the defendants and the presence of represent
24 Sep 2014
23 September 2014 We are very disappointed by the decision of an appellate court in Thailand affirming the conviction and sentencing of the editor and activist Somyot Pruksakasemsuk in Thailand on 19 September. Mr. Somyot, the editor of Voice of Thaksin magazine, was convicted under the lèse majesté law after the magazine published two articles deemed offensive to the King. In 2013, he was sentenced to 11 years in prison, and the sentence was upheld on Friday.
3 Sep 2014
BANGKOK (3 September 2014) --- The United Nations Human Rights Office for South East Asia (OHCHR) is seriously concerned about increasing restrictions on human rights defenders in exercising their rights to peaceful assembly and expression in Thailand. On Tuesday, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, a local human rights organization, announced the cancellation of an e
5 Aug 2014
05 August 2014 Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights : Ravina Shamdasani Location: Geneva Subject: Thailand We have been very concerned by the methods of arrest and detention of politicians, activists, academics and journalists following the military coup in Thailand in May this year. Since 22 May 2014, more than 700 individuals have been summoned and arreste