The junta is pressing sedition and traffic obstruction charges against 57 people who joined last weekend’s protest calling for general elections. On 30 March 2018, Col Burin Thongprapai, acting on behalf of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), filed charges against 57 participants in the protest at the Royal Thai Army, which called on the military to stop supporting the junta.
“Goodbye” might be a symbol of the end of love for most people, but for a lèse majesté exiled junta critic, Nuttigar Woratunyawit, saying goodbye is an act of love.
The 39 pro-election protesters have reported to the police to hear the charges against them. The courts released them without bail. On 8 February 2018, 34 out of the 39 pro-election protesters known as the MBK 39 reported to Pathumwan Police Station to hear the charges against them. The junta accused the group of joining a public assembly on 27 January within 150 meters of a royal site, in violation of Article 7 of the 2015 Public Assembly Act.
The junta has file charges against seven pro-democracy activists for criminal sedition and violating the junta’s public assembly ban after the seven held a symbolic activity calling for elections last weekend. On 30 January 2018, the junta has ordered seven of the most prominent pro-democracy activists charged with crimes including sedition after they launched a protest campaign calling for general elections to be held in November. Read more at
The police have reportedly sought to identify foreign diplomats who were present as observants of a sedition case against a Pheu Thai politician. On 19 December 2017, Khaosod reported that the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) sent letters to five embassies, requesting to verify persons present at the TCSD on 13 December who claimed to be embassy representatives.
Over the past week, a teenage singer was slammed by nationalists after complaining about her country on Twitter. A lecturer put a student in a headlock for protesting a university ceremony. And various prosecution cases moved forward against human rights advocates and politicians. Late last week, Thai social media heated up over tweets from a pop singer called ‘Image’ who had expressed her discontent at living in Thailand.
An attorney general has decided not to indict a woman accused of sedition for posting a Facebook status criticising a military-involved corruption case, reasoning that her opinion is in the public interest. On 30 May, an attorney from Phra Khanong provincial court chose not to indict Cham (pseudonym) for breaching the sedition law and the Computer Crimes Act, of which she had been accused by the military after she posted on her Facebook account that R
Police have arrested three people in the north of Thailand for distributing flyers deemed as incitement and transferred them to the military which is detaining them incommunicado. On 22 November 2016, Pol Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul, the Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Thai Police, said that police have arrested three people from Chiang Mai province for distributing documents against the ruling junta.
Human rights advocates have attributed the junta’s recent order to cease trials of national security crimes in military courts to international pressure and the incapacity of military courts themselves, rather than the junta’s commitment to human rights. NCPO Head Order No.
The junta has issued an order abolishing military court trials of civilians who commit crimes against national security, including sedition and lèse majesté cases. On 12 September 2016, the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Head Order No. 55/2016 was published in the Royal Gazette.