Thailand: Fifteen human rights defenders arrested and charged for demanding free and fair elections

May 25, 2018


Anon Nampa is is a human rights lawyer who works with Thai Lawyers for Human Rights. He has defended numerous individuals accused of lèse-majesté under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, including the jailed human rights defender Jatupat Boonpattararaksa.

On 22 May 2018, fifteen pro-democracy human rights defenders, including Anon Nampa, Rangsiman RomeSirawith Seritiwat, Chonticha Jaengrew and Piyarat Chongthep, were arrested and charged with sedition, with violating the junta’s ban on political gatherings of five people or more, and under the Road Traffic Act for participating in peaceful pro-democracy demonstrations in Bangkok.

All fifteen were arrested and charged for calling on the military junta to hold general elections. On 23 May, the police informed the lawyers of the human rights defenders that additional charges under the public assembly act will be pressed against the human rights defenders. On 24 May, the fifteen human rights defenders were released on bail on the condition they don’t engage in illegal political activities. Their bail bonds were 100,000 Baht each (approximately EUR2670).

As part of a peaceful rally marking four years since the military coup, the human rights defenders had been demanding that the military junta step down and that general elections be held no later than November this year. The military government has repeatedly gone back on its promise to hold elections.’actualit%C3%A9/human-rights-lawyer-anon-nampa-is-grabbed-by-a-photo-dactualit%C3%A9/961287420#human-rights-lawyer-anon-nampa-is-grabbed-by-a-policeman-during-a-to-picture-id961287420 (THAI)


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