Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR)
After the Thai representatives to the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) told other nations that Thai military courts only handle serious crimes involving civilians, Thai human rights lawyers have come up with some facts to counter the lies about the military courts.
The Military Court has detained two of the eight junta critics and another political dissident charged under the lѐse majesté law. The Military Court of Bangkok at 3:30 pm on Wednesday, 11 May 2016, granted custody permission to the police to detain Harit Mahaton and Natthika Worathaiwich, suspects of offences under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lѐse majesté law.
Three female political dissidents, two of whom were forced to undertake pelvic examinations, recall their ordeal in women’s prisons while human rights lawyers have urged the Thai authorities not to violate the rights of detainees.
The Thai military summoned an anti-dam activist into a military camp, warning that he might be charged with the computer crime act and the sedition law for his facebook post reporting land dispute between local people and investors. On Wednesday, 4 May 2016, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) reported that on Tuesday, 3 April 2016, Kritsakorn Silarak, a coordinator of the Assembly of the Poor for Pak Mun dam, was summoned into 22th Army Circle Camp in the northeastern province of Ubon
The Military Court has rejected bail for the eight junta critics abducted by the military on Wednesday, citing the authority of a junta order and the severity of the crime. On Friday, 29 April 2016, the court rejected the offer, by lawyers and relatives of the eight junta critics abducted by the military on Wednesday, of 100,000 baht as bail for each critic, ruling that the eight committed serious crimes as a network.
The junta have charged eight dissidents abducted by the military with sedition while two of the eight are also accused of lѐse majesté. Meanwhile, the police are gathering evidence against key red shirt figures allegedly linked to some of the eight.
The Thai military has released one of the 10 persons abducted by the regime in the latest junta’s crackdown on political dissidents. Nithi Kooltasnasilp at 10:16 pm on Wednesday, 27 April 2016, posted a status on his Facebook account that he has reached home after being interrogated by police officers and soldiers.
The Thai military has abducted 10 people in Bangkok and the northeastern province of Khon Kaen in the junta’s latest crackdown on political dissidents. According to a reporter from Voice TV, Col Winthai Suwaree, spokesperson of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), said that the military on Wednesday morning, 27 April 2016, detained 10 people in total.
Military prosecutors have filed lèse majesté charges against a man from an ethnic minority in northern Thailand who claims to possess telepathic powers. Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), reported that at the Military Court of Bangkok on Wednesday, 20 April 2016, staff of the military Judge Advocate General’s Department indicted Sao (surname withheld due to privacy concerns) under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law.
Since March 2016, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has embarked on the crackdown of influential people without any supporting legal provisions. Until on 29 March 2016, it has issued the Order of the Head of NCPO no.13/2016 to support the policy. In essence, the new order bestows on the appointed competent officials the power to arrest a person who commits a flagrant offence.