Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR)
19 Aug 2015
Early August, Chiang Mai military court ordered a young mother, Ssiwimon, to serve 56 years in prison, reduced to 28 due to her confession, for lèse-majesté
17 Jul 2015
The Criminal Court granted bail to a punk musician after he was sentenced to a year in prison for spray-painting what looked like an anarchist symbol on the court’s name plate in Bangkok.
6 Jul 2015
The 14 embattled anti-junta activists have requested postponement of pre-trial interrogation while one of the group says that she only exercised her rights as a citizen and refused to acknowledge the junta’s authority.
3 Jul 2015
Shortly after the one-year anniversary of the military coup on 22 May, 14 anti-junta activists were arrested for their peaceful gatherings. Since then, different groups in Thai society have shown their support for or opposition to the jailed activists’ civil disobedience.The 14 activists, mostly students, are members of the New Democracy Movement (NDM).
29 Jun 2015
Human rights lawyers condemned the Thai police for the hasty arrests of 14 embattled student activists and the unlawful collection of the activists’ mobile phones. Yaowalak Anuphan, head of Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), said at a press conference on Sunday, 28 June, at Thammasat University, that the arrests on Friday were hasty and unprofessional. The 14 activists, mostly students, were arrested for political gatherings on 22 May, the first anniversary of the 2014 coup d’état, in Bangkok and the northeastern province of Khon Kaen.
29 Jun 2015
The Thai police confiscated five mobile phones after a search of the car of a defence lawyer for the 14 embattled anti-junta student activists while the lawyer pointed out that the search was unlawful.
27 Jun 2015
Thai police officers attempted to search the car of a lawyer representing the 14 embattled student activists without a search warrant. At 1 am on Saturday, investigating officers from Chanasongkram Police Station in Bangkok attempted to search a car belonging to Sirikan Charoensiri, a lawyer from Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), who is one of the defence lawyers of the 14 embattled student activists in front of the Bangkok’s Military Court.
25 Jun 2015
In pursuance to the invocation of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order no. 7/2557 to ban political gathering and Section 44 of the 2014 Interim Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand which issue the Order of Head of NCPO no. 3/2015 regarding the maintenance of public order and national security as well as the orders to authorize military court to have jurisdiction over cases related to political assembly, the police and military officials have lately exercised their draconian power to hold a person in custody.
16 Jun 2015
The Thai military stormed into a meeting in central Thailand, citing the junta’s ban on political gatherings, while calling meeting participants ‘brainless’. On 13 June, according to the Thai Lawyer for Human Rights Centre (TLHR), military officers intervened in a meeting organised by the Assembly of the Poor (AOP), an NGO which is the voice of marginalised communities in Thailand, in Chai Badan District of central Lopburi Province.
16 Jun 2015
The Thai military summoned a lecturer at a university in Thailand’s Northeast, for questioning about his relationship with an anti-junta activist group in the region. On 12 June, military officers of the northeastern province of Maha Sarakham summoned Chainarong Sretthachau, a lecturer at Mahasarakham University, to ask about the lecturer’s affiliation with the Dao Din group, an anti-junta student activist group based in Khon Kaen University. Chainarong, however, informed the officers that he would like to postpone the meeting to 15 June.
5 Jun 2015
The junta has responded to criticism by Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) that freedoms of expression and assembly were denied, after the police forced cancellation of a TLHR talk on human rights. On Friday 5 June, Col Winthai Suwaree, spokesperson of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), said that the TLHR did not cooperate with the NCPO in the first place. If the NCPO had considered the report to make sure that its content is truthful and did not incite conflict, then the event could have been held, Winthai said.
5 Jun 2015
The Thai military government’s last minute shutdown of a panel discussion on human rights is a blatant attempt to silence criticism in violation of Thailand’s international legal obligations, Amnesty International said. The event, a report launch by the NGO Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, on human rights violations in the year since the 2014 military coup, was today cancelled by Thai authorities at the last minute. Media reports said that authorities claimed the event was “likely to cause disturbance”.