A public prosecutor has dismissed charges against 14 villagers in Phayao who were prosecuted for violating the NCPO’s ban on public protests. Before the case was dropped, the villagers faced repeated intimidation by the local authorities. Thai Lawyers for Human Rights reported on 8 June that in late May a public prosecutor in Phayao Province decided not to indict 14 supporters of the civil rights march We Walk. The police have asked them to sign a document to this effect at Phu Sang Police Station.
Soldiers have forced villagers in Phayao to cancel their plan to submit a petition, which urges the authorities to stop prosecuting them for violating the junta’s order. On 27 February 2018, farmers and students activists from Doi Thewada village, Phayao Province, visited the Phayao Government Office to petition the provincial governor to withdraw the prosecution against 14 supporters of civil rights march We Walk. However, upon arriving at the government office, soldiers and
The police and military have summoned 11 villagers in Phayao during the night and later accused them of violating the junta’s ban on public gatherings. The villagers were prosecuted after holding a rally in support of the civil rights march from Bangkok to Khon Kaen. On 6 February 2018, the police accused 14 villagers in Phayao of violating the Head of National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order 3/ 2015, the junta’s ban on public gatherings of five people or more.
Despite a recent ruling from the Administrative Court ordering the authorities to facilitate the civil rights march, local authorities in Nakhon Ratchasima have pressured the civil rights march to leave the area two days earlier than planned. On 1 February 2018, about 10 local government officials visited participants in We Walk, A Walk for Friendship at a temple in Nakhon Ratchasima and asked them to leave the temple earlier than planned. According to Eakachai Issaratha, one of the marchers, the participants planned to stay
The junta has filed charges against eight organisers of the civil rights march from Bangkok to Khon Kaen for violating the junta’s ban on public assembly. On 31 January 20198, eight organisers of We Walk, A Walk for Friendship reported to Khlong Luang Police Station, Pathum Thani Province, to hear the accusation against them.
A group of academics has thrown their support behind the organisers of the civil rights march who are accused of violating a junta order.
The Administrative Court on Saturday early morning ruled to guarantee the right to freedom of assembly of the civil rights marchers. However, the march organisers still face charges for violating a junta order. The court said it is believed that the police had attempted to obstruct the marchers from using their right to assembly.
A group of civil rights activists has planned to march in Bangkok and Hat Yai every Sunday to show support to the embattled ‘We Walk, Walk for Friendship’ marchers, who are on their way to Khon Kaen. The People Go Network, the organisers of We Walk, has invited its followers on Facebook to join mini-rallies on Sunday at Lumphini Park, Bangkok, and Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai Campus, Songkhla Province.
The police and military have created the climate of fear among HIV activists, making them decide to stop giving assistance to the HIV-positive in provincial hospitals. This intimidation came after activists signed a petition in support of the civil rights march. On 25 January 2018, the police and soldiers visited members of the Network of People Living With HIV/AIDS in Sisaket and Surin provinces.
Religious and security officials have intimidated an environmentalist monk from Phrae Province who joined a march for civil rights from Bangkok to Khon Kaen.