Public Assembly Act
A group of military officers visited the leader of a labour union after it issued a statement condemning the authorities for using the Public Assembly Act and detaining labour union members. At least five military officers at around 8 pm on Wednesday, 13 January 2016, visited Wilaiwan Saetia, President of the Thai Labour Solidarity Committee (TLSC), at the office of the Om Noi/Om Yai Labour Union in Samut Sakhon Province.
Military and police officers have reportedly intimidated leaders of the Thai Labour Solidarity Committee (TLSC) several days after the committee investigated the detention of labour union leaders of an electrical appliance company. Yesterday, on Thursday, 7 January 2016, Wilaiwan Saetia, president of the TLSC, reported that 4-5 military officers both in uniform and plainclothes followed her from the factory that she works to her house. She said that the authorities’ action intimidated her and the staff at her workplace.
A rally organised by civil society groups promoting land rights and land reform has been called off after the military invited rally leaders for discussions. According to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), on Wednesday morning, 23 December 2015, Direk Kongngern, President of the Northern Development Foundation (NDF) and nine other participants in the rally organised by NDF and People’s Movement for Just Society (P-Move) were summoned for a discussion with the military.
Thailand’s marginalised communities countrywide staged rallies to call for land rights amid tight monitoring from the authorities. People’s Movement for Just Society (P-Move) and Northern Development Foundation (NDF), civil society groups promoting land rights for Thailand’s landless communities, staged a rally on Tuesday morning, 22 December 2015, at the Three Kings Monument Square in the northern province of Chiang Mai.