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Thailand: Regulations spur party leaders to start from scratch

February 10, 2018

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Leaders of several small political parties have decided to start from scratch and form new ones to evade regulations requiring updated party membership information, which are seen as excessive and burdensome.

Under new rules, existing parties can begin their member registration process on April 1. The members are required to produce letters confirming their membership and pay party fees within 30 days of April 1 or lose their membership status.

The regulations, however, are seen as favourable to new political parties which have a month’s headstart. The registration process for new parties starts on March 1 and ends on March 31.

In a separate development, the Democracy Restoration Group and the Start Up People group were set to gather at the Democracy Monument at 4pm today.

Meanwhile, the Criminal Court yesterday approved arrest warrants for four protest leaders who twice failed to report to police to hear illegal assembly charges. The four are Arnon Nampa, Rangsiman Rome, Aekachai Hongkangwan and Sirawith Seritiwat.

Mr Arnon yesterday said he would be at today’s rally to demand an election.










January 30, 2018

From left, an unidentified protest photographer, Rangsiman Rome, Nutta Mahattana and Sirawit Seritiwat at Saturday's protest on the Skywalk at Pathumwan intersection in Bangkok.

The junta has ordered seven of the most prominent pro-democracy activists charged with crimes including sedition after they launched a protest campaign calling for general elections to be held in November.

Col. Burin Thongprapai, acting on behalf of the military junta, filed police complaints Tuesday morning at Bangkok’s Pathumwan Police Station against the seven well-known activists.

He said that he has solid recorded evidence that the seven protest leaders have violated the junta’s ban on political gatherings of more than four and committed acts of incitement against the state.

“We collected their deeds in detail,” Burin said, referring to a protest held Saturday on the Skywalk at Pathumwan Intersection.

Several hundred protesters showed that day. Burin, who said he acted on the orders of the National Council for Peace and Order, the formal name of the military junta, said the seven were singled out because they are leaders and committed sedition.

The charged are a who's who of Thailand's pro-democracy movement. From left, Sirawit Seritiwat, Sukrid Peansuwan, Nutta Mahattana, Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal, Ekachai Hongkangwan, Arnon Nampa and Rangsiman Rome.

(The charged are a who’s who of Thailand’s pro-democracy movement. From left, Sirawit Seritiwat, Sukrid Peansuwan, Nutta Mahattana, Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal, Ekachai Hongkangwan, Arnon Nampa and Rangsiman Rome.)

The seven are Sirawit Seritiwat, Nutta Mahattana, Democracy Restoration Group leader Rangsiman Rome, student activist Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal, former lese majeste convict turned political activist Ekachai Hongkangwan, human rights lawyer Arnon Nampa and newcomer student activist Sukrid Peansuwan.



Thailand: Anon Nampa charged with contempt of court over social media post

January 16, 2018


On 10 January 2018, Thai human rights lawyer and pro-democracy activist Anon Nampa appeared at the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) of the police to hear charges against him for contempt of court and violation of cyber crime laws as per the Computer Crime Act. If found guilty, he could face up to five years in prison for violating the Computer Crime Act and up to seven years in prison for contempt of court.

On 10 January 2018, Anon Nampa was charged with contempt of court in relation to a Facebook post which allegedly violated Article 14 of the Computer Crime Act. The Facebook post expressed views on a verdict delivered by Khon Kaen Court on 2 November 2017 in relation to a case where seven anti-junta activists were found guilty of contempt of court for their peaceful gathering in front of the court in support of Jatupat Boonpattararaksa. In the verdict, the seven activists were prohibited from associating with each other or repeating the same activity. In the Facebook post, Anon Nampa questioned whether it was fair or even possible for the court to prohibit the activists from associating with each other.

Anon Nampa has denied all charges. He believes that the charges are politically motivated and that he was exercising his right to freedom of expression. According to his lawyer, it should be noted that the charges were pressed by security officers rather than the Khon Kaen Provinical Court.





December 14, 2017

A well-known human rights lawyer was summoned by police Thursday to hear charges of violating the Computer Crime Act and contempt of court.

Arnon Nampa, who has represented numerous pro-democracy activists and rights advocates, denied any wrongdoing and said the charges were lodged because of his activism against the military regime. A string of junta opponents has faced similar charges in recent months.

Arnon responded to the news by posting the summons letter he received from the police and in his irreverent and chauvinist style suggested that potential suitors seek him out while they can.

“Girls who want to screw this little lawyer better hurry because this time I’m in for serious charges = contempt of court, violating the court’s authority and the Computer Crime Act! If I am imprisoned, it will be long. You can send a message to my inbox. First come, first served,” he wrote today on Facebook.

Thailand’s contempt of court statute has become broadly interpreted to punish any remark deemed offensive or even critical of the courts and their rulings.

Apart from serving as a lawyer, Arnon also leads an activist group called Resistant Citizens.





Thailand: Jailed democracy activist dons graduation robes at Military Circle

December 22, 2017

Graduation day for Jatupat Boonpattararaksa may come later than for others but the student activist serving jail time over politically related charges eventually got to wear his Khon Kaen University’s graduation robes on Thursday, although the were donned over a prison uniform.

Newly graduating from the law faculty, the Pai Dao Din member was unable to join his fellow grads on commencement day as he has been detained at a provincial prison for over a year.

Jatupat had been accused for allegedly violating the lese majeste law and the computer crime bill for sharing a BBC Thai article on his Facebook account last December. They were among a number of charges that the defiant pro-democracy activist is facing for having campaigned against the ruling junta.

Many bail attempts have been made but all were refused.

On Thursday, he was brought from Khon Kaen Special Correctional Institution to provide testimony at the 23rd Military Circle Court together with another seven defendants for a charge of allegedly breaking the junta’s ban of political gathering of five or more people in July 2016.

That court appearance was when Jatupat was given a brief moment wearing his graduation gown. He enjoyed the usual graduation photos taken with parents – and supporters – and smiling before being detained again.

In October, a military prosecutor filed charges against the eight for they organising a public forum at Khon Kaen University to discuss the then-draft charter. The prosecutor deemed the act a violation of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) order No. 3/2015.





Thailand: Human rights lawyer faces Computer Crime charges for FB post

December 14, 2017

The police have summoned Anon Numpa, a human rights lawyer, and pro-democracy activist, to meet the police because of his Facebook post criticising a verdict.
Anon Nampa (file photo)
According to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, Lt Col Supharat Kam-in filed a complaint against Anon for his Facebook post, published on 2 Nov 2017. Supharat accused Anon of contempt of the court and importing false information onto the computer system, under Article 14 of the Computer Crime Act.
Anon’s problematic post is related to a news report about the Khon Kaen Court’s verdict on 2 Nov which found seven anti-junta activists guilty of contempt of the court for their activities in front of Khon Kaen Court on 10 Jan 2017. The peaceful symbolic activity was organised to give moral courage to Jaturapat Boonpattararaksa, alias Pai Daodin, a pro-democracy activist who has been sentenced to 2 years and six months in jail for lese majeste.
Among the seven is Sirawit Serithiwat, a well-known anti-junta activist who faces several charges from his political expression. The court sentenced Sirawith to six months in jail (suspended for two years), a fine and 1-year community service. The court also prohibits the seven “from associating or gathering to do any activity or repeating the same activity”.




http://www.tlhr2014.com/th/?p=5823 (THAI)


Thailand/ICJ: End proceedings against lawyer Sirikan “June” Charoensiri

September 21, 2017

Addressing the UN Human Rights Council, the ICJ today urged Thailand to end criminal proceedings against lawyer Sirikan “June” Charoensiri, that are based on her professional activities as a human rights defender and lawyer.

The statement came during general debate at the Human Rights Council on, among other things, the report compiling cases of individual complaints that have been raised by the Special Procedures (independent experts) appointed by the Council. The statement read as follows:

“Among the many cases covered by the Communications Report of Special Procedures (A/HRC/36/25) is that of Thailand lawyer and human rights defender, Sirikan “June” Charoensiri. She was charged with sedition and other offences for actions taken, in her professional role, to protect human rights. With other lawyers, she had observed and provided legal assistance to participants in a peaceful protest.

In April, four Special Rapporteurs sent a joint communication (AL THA 2/2017) to Thailand about her case, and the related issues of restrictions on fundamental freedoms put in place following the military coup of May 2014, and prosecution of civilians in military courts.

Thailand’s response to the communication (No.52101/483) attempts to justify the charges against her by, among other things, appearing to associate her with the persons to which she and her colleagues were providing legal aid.

Principle 18 of the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers states that, “lawyers shall not be identified with their clients or their clients’ causes as a result of discharging their functions.”

The International Commission of Jurists considers that the case against Ms Charoensiri is incompatible with these and other international human rights standards.