Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR)

27 Dec 2017
The Military Court in Khon Kaen has begun trying two members of Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) merely for observing a public seminar that discussed the junta’s constitution.
19 Dec 2017
Amid calls for more political freedom ahead of next year’s election, a group of human rights defenders has urged the authorities to terminate the ban on public assembly.   On 19 December, representatives from various civil society organisations submitted a petition to the Constitutional Court, calling for the termination of the Head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order 3/2015.   According to Article 6 of the order, military officers have the power to summon any individual and detain them for up to seven days withou
12 Dec 2017
The authorities have repeatedly denied access to a legal document which deals with the question of whether Princess Sirindhorn was an heir apparent to the throne of King Bhumibol, saying that the document could damage the monarchy if published.     On 12 December 2017, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR)  reported that the Office of the Council of State (OCS) had denied their lawye
21 Nov 2017
Five teenagers and one adult facing royal defamation charges for burning royal arches in northeastern Thailand have pleaded guilty. On 20 November 2017, the Provincial Court of Phon District in Khon Kaen Province held a preliminary hearing for six suspects indicted for violating Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law, criminal association, and destruction of public property, according to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR).
31 Oct 2017
Three elderly red shirts face seven years’ imprisonment for allegedly putting up banners calling for the separation of the northern region from Thailand.    On 30 October 2017, Chiang Rai Provincial Court held the preliminary hearing for Ot Suktako, 66, who was indicted under Article 116 of the Criminal Code, the sedition law, according to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR).
24 Oct 2017
The UN has concluded that the detention of two lèse majesté convicts who were each sentenced to more than two decades in jail is arbitrary.    Thai Lawyers for Human Rights on 19 October 2017 reported that the UN Human Rights Council’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has concluded that Sasiwimon S. and Tiensutham S., aka. Yai Daengduad, are detained arbitrarily.
18 Oct 2017
A military court has accepted a case against eight individuals who participated in seminar last year on the junta-backed constitution. Three are human rights defenders who came merely to observe the event.    On 17 October 2017, Khon Kaen Military Court accepted a case against five student activists and three human rights defenders.
31 Aug 2017
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE VICTIMS OF ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCES   The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Thai Lawyers for Human Rights and the Cross Cultural Foundation write to you on this day, the 2017 International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, to express our serious concern at the ongoing delay in passing legislation aimed at protecting against torture, ill-treatment and enforced disappearance and the
23 Aug 2017
The Supreme Court has sentenced four people accused of shooting grenades into People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protesters in early 2014 to death, but reduced the penalty to life imprisonment.   On 22 August 2017, the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling of the lower courts in handing dealth sentence to Chatchawan Prabbamrung, Somsri Marit, Sunthorn Pipuannog, and Tweechai Wichakam, according to the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights.  
17 Aug 2017
The public prosecutor has charged eight people with royal defamation for burning royal arches.    On 16 August 2017, at the Provincial Court of Phon District, Khon Kaen Province, the prosecutor indicted eight individuals (identities withheld due to privacy concerns) on charges of violating Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law, criminal association, and destruction of public property, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) reported.
16 Aug 2017
The defence lawyer of Jatuphat ‘Pai Dao Din’ Boonpattararaksa has revealed that the renowned democracy activist chose to plead guilty because he was being tried in camera, with observers and the media not allowed into the courtroom. After standing firm behind bars for almost eight months, the abrupt decision of Jatuphat, a law student and key democracy activist, to plead guilty took many people by surprise.
4 Aug 2017
A provincial court has held the first hearing in the lèse majesté trial of Jatuphat ‘Pai Dao Din’ Boonpattararaksa in camera. On 3 August 2017, the provincial court of Khon Kaen held the first plaintiff witness hearing in the case of Jatuphat, a well-known anti-junta activist detained for royal defamation. Before the hearing began, the court posted a notice in front of the courtroom informing about 10 people who came to show support for Jatuphat and other observers that the trial would be held in camera.

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