Presumption of innocence
7 Apr 2022
Although it’s now common for royal insult defendants to be freed on bail, their freedom often comes with vague conditions like bans on joining protests that could lead to “chaos” or doing anything that “damages” the monarchy. Experts question whether these conditions may violate the rights to free expression.
26 Mar 2022
Individuals accused of insulting the monarchy are paying astronomical sums of money – sometimes in the millions of baht – to secure their freedom while their cases are ongoing, a practice that one law scholar said could amount to violating the constitutional right to a fair trial.
22 Mar 2022
After having her request denied twice and being ordered twice by the South Bangkok Criminal Court to provide additional documents, scholarship student Ravisara Eksgool, who was charged with royal defamation for reading out a statement during the 26 October 2020 protest at the German Embassy, has not yet been granted permission to travel to study overseas after the court on 21 March 2022 ordered her to have her documents verified by the German Embassy.
16 Feb 2022
Despite the recent release of Jatupat Boonpattararaksa and Panupong Jadnok, two leading figures in the pro-democracy movement, at least nine other activists are still in jail pending trial, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) reports.
14 Jan 2022
Student activist Benja Apan was granted bail today (14 January) by the South Bangkok Criminal Court after spending 99 days in prison and having been previously repeatedly denied bail.
6 May 2021
Scholars at Risk (SAR) has sent to Thai authorities the letter raising concern over the rapidly deteriorating health of two detained students, Parit Chiwarak and Panusaya Sitthijirawattanakul. SAR calls for an immediate release so they may get the appropriate medical care they need.
4 May 2021
A protest organized by the REDEM group marched over 10 km from the Victory Monument to Ratchadaphisek Criminal Court, to publicize details of the background of family members of Chanathip Muanpawong, judge and Deputy Chief Justice of the Criminal Court, who has been responsible for denying the bail requests for many pro-democracy protesters.
29 Apr 2021
Following reports of visits to detained student activists Parit Chiwarak and Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, and reports that Parit has been on a hunger strike to demand the right to temporary release or the right to bail since 15 March 2021, and his health has become so frail that he is pale and blood was found in his stools, Amnesty International calls for the Thai authorities to release and drop charges against the activists.
10 Apr 2021
Patiwat ‘Mor Lam Bank’ Saraiyaem was allowed bail while 2 others were not, following their decision to withdraw their legal representation in protest against what they call an unfair judicial process where their right to legal consultation and the presumption of innocence were undermined