Royal defamation

12 Jun 2021
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) call for the Thai authorities to end legal prosecution against individuals exercising their right to freedom of expression and to amend Article 112 to bring it into line with Thailand’s human rights obligations under the ICCPR, as the number of individuals facing lèse majesté charges reached 100. 
11 Jun 2021
In a conversation with Prachatai, the President of the Blind Society Association of Thailand, who has just filed a second complaint of royal defamation against another blind person, insists that the monarchy can be criticized with proper language, reason and factual evidence. Despite sending a blind woman to jail in the past, he believes that the accused this time can adjust to prison life as it is “the same as boarding school”.  
10 Jun 2021
Phatanachai Sakawi, President of the Blind Society Association of Thailand, has gone to Thungmahamek Police Station in Bangkok to report an allegedly lèse majesté comment posted by someone older who also has a visibility impairment. 
8 Jun 2021
Chaiamorn “Ammy” Kaewwiboonpan, lead singer of pop band The Bottom Blues, is facing another royal defamation charge for singing a modified version of his song “1 2 3 4 5 I love you” at a protest in front of the Thanyaburi Provincial Court in January 2021.
2 Jun 2021
On 1 June, the Criminal Court granted bail to activists Chukiat Sangwong, Anon Nampa and Panupong Jadnok, who were previously detained pending trial on royal defamation charges, on a security of 200,000 baht each with the condition that they must not participate in activities damaging the monarchy.
1 Jun 2021
A 14-year-old girl (name withheld) has been summonsed by the police in Phitsanulok on a royal defamation charge under Section 112 of the Criminal Code.
30 May 2021
A 17-year-old activist became the first person under the age of 18 to be indicted under Section 112 of the Criminal Code, or Thailand’s lèse-majesté law, after he was charged for a speech given at a protest on 6 December 2020.
21 May 2021
A group of people claiming to be government officials and people ‘with the duty of suppression and control regarding the institution of the monarchy’ stormed a student’s home in Phetchabun Province to force her to apologize for alleged royal defamation.
21 May 2021
A TikTok user faces charges under the lèse majesté law and the Computer Crimes Act for a video clip criticizing the Thai government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
12 May 2021
Two Chiang Mai University students reported to the police yesterday (11 May) after being summoned on a royal defamation charge over an art installation piece, while an artists’ network has called on the University to defend their freedom
11 May 2021
Pro-democracy protester Phromsorn ‘Fah’ Weerathamjaree has been released from Thanyaburi prison after almost 2 months in detention and a hunger strike.  This follows similar releases of other protestors. Phromsorn reunites with friends after being released.
7 May 2021
Student activist Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, who has been detained pending trial on a royal defamation charge, has been granted bail, while Siraphop Phumphuengphut, another student activist, has been denied bail and detained pending trial.

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