Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR)
4 Aug 2022
On Tuesday, the Court handed out one-year jail sentences to 7 defendants arrested for participating in a protest on 11 August 2021. The seven were found to have disrupted public order, a violation of emergency decree provisions enacted for purposes of disease control. The ruling raises concerns the decrees are being broadly interpreted in order to stifle political dissent.
21 Jun 2022
As the number of individuals charged with royal defamation passed 200 in just over 18 months, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) call on the Thai government to end the prosecution, arrest, and detention of individuals exercising their freedom of expression and to amend the royal defamation law to bring it into line with Thailand’s human rights obligations under the ICCPR.
14 Apr 2022
Thanayut Na Ayutthaya, a rapper known by the stage name Elevenfinger, has been arrested and accused of throwing an explosive device near the Prime Minister’s residence on Sunday night (10 April).
6 Apr 2022
Police have requested Nonthaburi Provincial Court to revoke the bail for activist Chinnawat Chankrachang after his Facebook post asking Princess Bajrakitiyabha’s opinion on the royal defamation law. Although the Court has rejected the request, it added bail conditions restricting his activities concerning the monarchy and even the lèse majesté law itself.
6 Mar 2022
Whatever happened to the monarchy reform movement that sparked massive protests two years ago? Is the movement still around?
16 Feb 2022
Despite the recent release of Jatupat Boonpattararaksa and Panupong Jadnok, two leading figures in the pro-democracy movement, at least nine other activists are still in jail pending trial, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) reports.
9 Feb 2022
Royal defamation case defendants indicted for reading a statement in German and wearing a crop top said that they were unable to obtain passports because of their ongoing court cases.
29 Dec 2021
Thai authorities should immediately release lèse-majesté detainee Anchan Preelerd, the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) urged.
21 Dec 2021
The Constitutional Court has denied a request to copy several documents used as evidence in the ruling that protesters’ calls for monarchy reform is treasonous, claiming national security, says Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR).
23 Nov 2021
On 22 November, 9 activists were found guilty of contempt of court and sentenced to 10 days in jail by the Thanyaburi Provincial Court according to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR). 3 of the activists are already in jail pending trial on other charges.
8 Nov 2021
Sirapat Deesawat, a Nonthaburi man charged with royal defamation for removing a gold-framed King Vajiralongkorn portrait from a housing estate entrance last August, may be tried in a closed-door session.
21 Oct 2021
An escalation of symbolic actions by pro-democracy protesters took place after the repeated use of force against protesters by the police and legal charges against its leading figures. But when it comes to burning portraits of the King, the state uses the royal defamation law to handle the problem.