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Sulak Sivaraksa Accused of ‘Insulting Monarchy’ in Historical Analysis. Thailand’s military prosecutor should drop the case against a leading scholar for “insulting the monarchy” for his analysis of a 16th-century battle, Human Rights Watch said today.
The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia has called on the Government of Thailand to release and drop charges against all those arrested during a peaceful demonstration against the construction of a 2200 MW coal powered plant in Songkla province, in southern Thailand.
Today, the ICJ and Amnesty International submitted recommendations to the Ministry of Justice that changes be made to a new law under consideration by the Cabinet, in order to bring it in line with Thailand’s international legal obligations. The submission came in response to a request by the Ministry for feedback on the Draft Prevention and Suppression of Torture and Enforced Disappearances Act (‘Draft Act’).
150 scholars, scientists, writers, and activists from 60 institutions in 19 countries around the world have denounced the punishment against members of Chulalongkorn University’s Student Council who were removed for challenging the university’s tradition. Statement for supporting Chula students We, activists, academics and human rights defenders have been following the case of eight Chulalongkorn University students walking out to praise respect in alternative form to the royal statues of King Rama V and
The Thai government should end all lèse-majesté prosecutions and amend Article 112 of the Criminal Code (lèse-majesté) to bring it in line with international law, a United Nations (UN) expert said on 6 October 2017.
Thailand’s militarised state routinely ignores leading human rights NGOs and supranational organisations such as Amnesty International and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The state taps telephones, reads e-mail accounts, comes into homes, follows people, coerces and threatens the media, adjusts the intelligentsia’s attitudes, propagandises schoolchildren and students, harasses human rights defenders, and imprisons its enemies. The way to resolve this situation is through human rights and a party advocating them.
Amnesty International urges US officials to press Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha to roll back restrictions on human rights during his visit to Washington DC. As Prayut’s government extends repressive measures in the lead up to elections planned for next year, it is essential that the US government is firm in its support for human rights in Thailand.
We, the foreign students and alumni of Chulalongkorn University (CU), are concerned about CU's handling of an incident which took place on August 3rd, 2017. Universities seeking to become globally competitive must subscribe to international standards. We find it unacceptable for student representatives to be removed from their positions by staff members. They were appointed by and represent the students. Furthermore, we believe any lecturer who assaults students should be fired without delays or excuses.
The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the killing of 28-year-old journalist Shantanu Bhowmik on 21 September 2017. At the time of his murder, he was working for Din Raat, a local television channel in Tripura. He was covering a protest and roadblock by the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) in Mandai village near Agartala in West Tripura.
87 civil society groups, businesses, parliamentarians urge Thai Prime Minister to protect freedom of expression and labor rights (Bangkok, September 19, 2017)—The Thai Government should de-criminalize defamation and protect the rights of 14 Myanmar migrant workers and other human rights defenders being targeted with criminal defamation and related charges for bringing attention to alleged labor rights violations, Fortify Rights said today. Fortify Rights and 86 civil society organizations, businesses, and parliamentarians today