Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR)
After being forced into taking a so-called ‘attitude adjustment session’ by the military, 19 red shirts accused of breaking the junta’s ban on political gatherings were forced to sign an agreement promising to steer clear of all political activities.
Soldiers and police officers in Chiang Mai intimidated a staff of Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), asking whether he was distributing booklets against the junta-sponsored draft constitution or involving with Prachatai website.
The authorities in Isan, Thailand’s northeast, have fired a Deputy Village Head because he allowed a human rights rally to take place. Phanthep Saokoson, District Chief of Chum Phae District of Khon Kaen Province, on 1 July 2016 summoned Charun Saeram, the 57-year-old Deputy Village Head of Sam Pak Nam Village in the district, to his office and informed him that he had been removed from his position, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) reported.
A group of villagers in Isaan have been summoned to a military camp as an alternative to facing criminal charges after they joined the red-shirt referendum watch campaign.
A report reveals that Thai justice system hardly take mental-illness of lèse-majesté suspects into account and the number of lèse-majesté cases against mental-illnesses has increased after the 2014 coup. On Tuesday, 28 June 2016, Thailand’s Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) published a report showing the obvious increase in number of lèse-
Despite the risk of several years in jail, a northern ethnic minority man with mental illness charged under the lèse majesté law has pleaded innocent and vowed to fight the case in the Military Court. The Military Court on Monday, 20 June 2016, held a deposition hearing for Sao (surname withheld due to privacy concerns), suspected of offences under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law, who claims to possess telepathic powers. Sao pleaded innocent and vowed the fight the case.
The military have summoned key leaders of the anti-establishment red shirt group in northern Thailand to a military base over a draft constitution referendum watch campaign. Siriwat Jupamattha, a key red shirt leader in the northern province of Phayao, told the media that soldiers from the 34th Military Circle on Tuesday, 14 June 2016, summoned him and another red shirt leader for a discussion, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) reported.
Not long after the second round of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Thailand on 11 May 2016 ended, several questions from member states concerning human rights situations in Thailand, including the military jurisdiction, the enforced disappearance, and the restriction of freedom of expression have resulted in the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)’s attempt to appear as more alleviate on people’s exercise of rights and freedoms.
A Provincial Court has sentenced two suspects accused of making false claims about HRH Princess Sirindhorn for financial benefit to three years and eight months in prison. Thai lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) reported that the Provincial Court of the northern province of Kamphaeng Phet sentenced Kittiphop S., 23, and Wiset P., 30, to four years’ imprisonment for offences under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law.
Police officers have decided to press charges against a human rights lawyer representing anti-junta youth activists, accusing her of defying police orders. According to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), on Thursday, 12 May 2016, the prosecutor of Dusit District Court, Bangkok, informed Sirikan Charoensiri, TLHR lawyer, that police investigators have agreed to press charges against her under Articles 142 and 368 of the Criminal Code for propagating false accusations against investigating officers and disobeying police orders.