Public Assembly Act
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Thai police have reportedly filed a charge against the leader of a traditional fishery group for not notifying the authorities before holding a rally at Government House. The police last week summoned Sama-ae Jehmudor, President of the Federation of Thai Fisher Folk Association to hear charges at Nang Loeng Police Station on 22 February 2016, according to Banjong Nasae, Rak Thale Thai (Love Thai Sea) Association President. The charge under the 2015 Public Assembly Act carries a fine of up to 10,000 baht.
The police have said that they will summon a key leader of a rally of monks for allegedly breaking the Public Assembly Act, while Buddha Issara, a well-known ultra-royalist monk, is pressing criminal defamation charges against him.