Public Assembly Act
27 Dec 2017
A public prosecutor has halted an attempt by the authorities to prosecute a villager who peacefully protested against a potash mining project in Sakon Nakhon, part of a long history of suppressing opposition to mining projects in rural Thailand. On 21 December 2017, a public prosecutor at Sawang Daen Din Provincial Court decided not to indict Achittaphon Khukasang, a member of Wanon Niwat Environmental Conservation Group, for violating the Public Assembly Act. According to
26 Jul 2017
The prosecutor has charged seven anti-mine activists in Isaan with breaking the public assembly law and intimidating public officials. On 25 July 2017, the prosecutor indicted seven members of the anti-mine activist group Khon Rak Ban Koed (KRBK) (translated as ‘People Who Love Their Home’) from six villages in Wang Saphung District of the northeastern province of Loei. The seven are Phonthip Hongchai, Ranong Kongsaen, Wiron Ruchichaiwat, Suphat Khunna, Bunraeng Sithong, Mon Khunna, and Lamphloen Rueangrit.
14 Jul 2017
In the three years since the 2014 coup d’état, the regime has disrupted 157 public events, most for being politically sensitive. According to iLaw, a human rights advocacy group, from the day of the military coup d’état on 22 May 2014 until 10 July 2017, the junta has disrupted at least 157 public events.
6 Jun 2017
Police officers and soldiers have barred villagers from joining a march in Bangkok protesting amendment to the National Health Security Act. On 6 June 2017, the People's Health Systems Movement (PHSM) staged a protest at the office of the United Nations in Bangkok demanding the junta cease efforts to amend the National Health Security Act that threaten to abolish Thailand’s universal healthcare, also known as the "Gold Card" m
28 Mar 2017
The police have accused a villager in Sakon Nakhon of breaching the Public Assembly Act for participating in an anti-potash mining event. On 27 March 2017, Satanon Chuenta, a member of the Wanon Niwat Environmental Conservation Group, reported to Wanon Niwat District Police Station in the northeastern province of Sakon Nakhon.
23 Mar 2017
The military has forced villagers in Sa Kaeo to cancel a protest against plans to construct a factory to separate industrial and toxic wastes, saying only protests about dengue fever or illicit drugs would be allowed. On 21 March 2017, soldiers intervened in a meeting of a group of teachers and village headmen of Khlong Thap Chan Subdistrict of Aranyaprathet District in Sa Kaeo Province.
20 Dec 2016
Police in northeastern Thailand have summoned seven anti-mine activists, accusing them of intimidating district officials and unlawful assembly. On 18 December 2016, seven members of an activist group called Khon Rak Ban Koed (KRBK), translated as ‘People Who Love Their Home’, reported to Wang Saphung Police Station in Loei Province after one of them received a summons in early December. KRBK is an anti-mine group comprising villagers from six villages in Wang Saphung District.
20 Sep 2016
Police officers and soldiers have prohibited commemorating the death of an anti-junta taxi driver who committed suicide after the 2006 coup d’état. At around 1 pm on 19 September 2016, many police officers and soldiers were deployed at the flyover in front of the Thai Rath newspaper headquarters on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Bangkok, prior to a commemoration for Nuamthong Praiwan.
24 May 2016
The public prosecutor decided to file charges against human rights lawyer for hosting ‘standing still’ activities demanding for the release of junta critics. On Tuesday, 27 May 2016, Thailand Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) reported that the public prosecutor had filed charges under Public Assembly Act against Anon Nampa, a human right lawyer and a key member of Resistant Citizen, an anti-junta activist group, for hosting standing still activities to show support for and solidarity wit
28 Apr 2016
Thai police have detained 16 activists for standing still to show solidarity with 10 persons abducted earlier by the military. One of the 16 was later taken away by the military after the arrest. Police officers at about 6:30 pm on Wednesday, 27 April 2016, arrested 16 people for gathering at the Victory Monument in Bangkok and standing still to show solidarity with 10 people abducted by the military on Wednesday morning.
31 Mar 2016
The ambiguity and legal loopholes of the Public Assembly Act make it difficult for the labour movement to hold assemblies. Labour unionists are calling for the authorities to come up with a clear framework of practical law enforcement. On Friday, 25 March 2016, the Confederation of Industrial Labour of Thailand, in coordination with IndustriALL Global Union, held a seminar on the 2014 Public Assembly Act and its impact on the exercise of labour rights under the 1975 Labour Relations Act.
7 Mar 2016
Thai police stormed into a meeting of Buddhist monks discussing the Supreme Patriarch row and took two monks out of a temple. Matichon Online reported that 20 police officers at 10: 20 am on Monday, 7 March 2016, stormed into a meeting of Buddhist monks at Wat Sri Sudaram, Bang Khun Non Subdistrict, Bangkok Noi District, Bangkok.