the eight abducted junta critics
On top of rising numbers of prosecutions under Thailand’s notorious lèse majesté law, the sedition law has also been used by the military regime to shut down critics since the 2014 coup d’état.
A military prosecutor has officially charged eight people allegedly involved in a Facebook page mocking the Thai junta leader for crimes against the state. The Military Judge Advocate General’s Office on Tuesday, 23 August 2016 indicted eight people accused of being administrators of a parody Facebook page mocking the junta leader called ‘We Love General Prayut’ of Article 116 of the Criminal Code, the sedition law.
Eight persons linked to a satirical Facebook community page were charged with sedition and computer crimes on 28 April. They are scheduled to appear in a military court on 3 July.
A military court has denied bail to two critics of the junta who have been charged with lèse-majesté, citing the severity of the charge. On Thursday, 19 May 2016, the Bangkok Military Court denied bail to Harit Mahaton and Natthika Worathaiwich, charged under the lèse-majesté law, ruling that the two might obstruct the investigation process and were flight risks. Their lawyer submitted a bail request with 700,000 baht surety for each individual. Harit and Natthika were two of the eight junta critics abdu
The Military Court has detained two of the eight junta critics and another political dissident after they were charged under the lѐse majesté law. The Military Court of Bangkok at 3:30 pm on Wednesday, 11 May 2016, granted a police request to detain Harit Mahaton and Natthika Worathaiwich, suspects under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lѐse majesté law.
After the Military Court released the eight junta critics charged for sedition on bail, police detained two of the eight again as they have been charged of lѐse majesté. The police, at around 5:20 pm on Tuesday, 10 May 2016, detained Harit Mahaton and Natthika Worathaiwich, suspects under Article 116 and Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the sedition and the lѐse majesté law.
The Military Court has released the eight junta critics who were abducted and charged with sedition for mocking the junta leader. The Military Court of Bangkok on Tuesday, 10 May 2016, granted bail to Supachai Saibutr, a photographer, Harit Mahaton, former reporter of Matichon and independent writer, Noppakao Kongsuwan, a person affiliated with the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), the main red shirt faction, Natthika Worathaiwich, Worawit Saksamutnan, Yothin Mankongsanga, Thonnawan Buranasiri and Kannasit Tangboonthina.
Thailand’s military junta should drop sedition and other criminal charges against eight people for mocking the prime minister on Facebook, Human Rights Watch said today. The Facebook page shows memes and doctored photos, with satirical quotes, of Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha, who chairs the ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) junta. The charges against the Facebook users are part of the junta’s systematic repression of peaceful dissent and criticism since the military coup in May 2014, Human Rights Watch said.
Thai academics have urged the UN to investigate human rights abuses as the Thai junta increases its crackdown on political dissidents ahead of the referendum on the draft constitution. The BBC Thai reported that 12 academics from leading universities in Thailand on Thursday, 5 May 2016, submitted a letter to the UN, urging the UN human rights office to investigate the increasing violations and abuses of human rights done by the Thai authorities.