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Thailand: Three Thais accused of insulting king have disappeared – rights groups

May 10, 2019

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Three Thai activists facing charges of insulting the monarchy have disappeared after reportedly being arrested in Vietnam, rights groups said on Friday, months after two exiled critics of the military and monarchy turned up dead.

Thailand’s deputy prime minister, Prawit Wongsuwan, denied the three activists were in Thai custody, as has been reported by the Thai Alliance for Human Rights.

Chucheep Chiwasut, who broadcasts political commentary to Thailand from exile, and fellow activists Siam Theerawut and Kritsana Thapthai were reportedly turned over to Thai authorities by Vietnam on May 8, Human Rights Watch said in a statement.

“Vietnam’s alleged secret forced return to Thailand of three prominent activists should set off alarm bells in the international community,” Human Rights Watch Asia Director Brad Adams said.

London-based Amnesty International said Chucheep had long faced charges of lese majeste, or insulting the monarchy.

Siam and Kritsana were also under police investigation for lese majeste, the rights group said.

Article 112 of Thailand’s criminal code says anyone who insults the king, queen, heir or regent faces punishment of up to 15 years in prison.

Human rights groups have accused the ruling military of applying the lese majeste law more widely since a 2014 military coup as a way to silence critics.

Separately on Friday, a former law student was released from jail a month before the end of his two and half year sentence for a 2017 lese majeste conviction.

Jatupat Boonpattaraksa, an activist and critic of the ruling junta, was jailed for posting a profile of King Maha Vajiralongkorn published by the BBC’s Thai-language service that was deemed offensive.

His release was part of a royal amnesty for thousands of prisoners to mark the king’s May 4-6 coronation.

https://www.euronews.com/2019/05/10/three-thais-accused-of-insulting-king-have-disappeared-rights-groups

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/ongoing-detention-jatupat-boonpattararaksa

Three Thai activists go missing after allegedly insulting king

http://www.news4europe.eu/6350_world/6125747_between-30-000-50-000-prisoners-to-be-freed-on-royal-pardon-in-thailand.html

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-king-insult/thai-activist-jailed-for-two-and-a-half-years-for-posting-bbc-article-idUSKCN1AV0YN

https://www.abc.es/internacional/abci-tailandia-aprueba-liberacion-entre-30000-0-50000-presos-carceles-201905100947_noticia.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.dnoticias.pt/mundo/milhares-de-presos-recebem-perdao-real-na-tailandia-EB4740446 (PORTUGUES)

Thailand: Thai Lawyer’s ‘Disappearance’ Unsolved 15 Years On

March 11, 2019

A sketch of Somchai Neelapaijit.

Fifteen years ago this week, I received a phone call in the middle of the night with the news that Somchai Neelapaijit had gone missing. At the time, Somchai was chair of Thailand’s Muslim Lawyers Association and vice-chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Lawyers Council of Thailand.

Official investigations have at least established that Somchai was abducted on March 12, 2004 and later murdered, though his body has never been found. His alleged assailants are a group of police officers who sought retaliation for Somchai’s involvement in lawsuits alleging widespread police torture of Muslim suspects in Thailand’s insurgency-ridden southern border provinces.

But over the past decade and a half, seven prime ministers, including current Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha, have failed to bring Somchai’s killers to justice.

A key reason is that Thailand’s penal code does not recognize enforced disappearance as a criminal offense. Without the body, prosecutors could only file charges of robbery and coercion against the five police officers implicated in the case. Their trial, hampered by official cover-ups, ended in their acquittal in December 2015.

Efforts by Somchai’s family to obtain justice have been hampered by a 2015 Supreme Court ruling that the family cannot act as a co-plaintiff, because there is no concrete evidence showing he is dead or otherwise incapable of bringing the case himself. The ruling placed the impossible burden on disappeared people of proving they had been disappeared.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/03/11/thai-lawyers-disappearance-unsolved-15-years

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/03/12/asia-pacific/15-years-activists-disappearance-bangkok-family-missing-thai-lawyer-still-waiting-justice/

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/rule-of-law-more-than-ever-under-pressure/

https://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/1643044/impunity-remains-victims-obstacle-to-real-justice

https://www.evensi.com/15th-year-somchai-neelaphaijit-embassy-netherlands-bangkok/296162882

https://www.afad-online.org/news/10-statements/450-afad-remembers-and-demands-justice-for-thai-lawyer-somchai-neelapaijit-on-the-15-anniversary-of-this-disappearance

https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1089124-time-to-tackle-the-spectre-of-enforced-disappearance/?tab=comments#comment-13932288

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/15-years-since-disappearance-somchai-neelapaijit/?fbclid=IwAR0oB4Kn3h1gH9GryXAEPFbOpCTcn0bSOWgg25EUbS5tw8E2CODdQfVQwMI

Lawyers for Lawyers: Lawyers for Lawyers Award 2019

January 31, 2019

Nominate a lawyer for the Lawyers for Lawyers Award 2019! Nominations can be made until 1 March 2019, via our website: https://bit.ly/2RvKzOK

In 2017, Sirikan Charoensiri (‘June’) was presented with the Lawyers for Lawyers Award in Amsterdam. Watch her story here.

(Lawyers for Lawyers Facebook, 31/01/19)

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/nominate-now-for-the-l4l-award-2019/

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/about-us/lawyers-for-lawyers-awards/l4l-awards-nomination-form/

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/category/l4l-award/

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30315819

Call for nominations for the L4L award 2019

 

Egypt/Thailand/France/Germany: Two persecuted rights lawyers receive Franco-German Prize for Human Rights

 

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Mohamed Lotfy (Egypt)

Sirikan June Charoensiri (Thailand)

https://www.tlhr2014.com/?p=10264&fbclid=IwAR3os1uhkSVzgQjDh28qfyZg3D9WHhz_5xIRyi-oyTxEqykAT03f9Ynk048

https://www.news24.com/Africa/News/egypt-court-orders-release-of-anti-sex-abuse-activist-20181219

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-46618153

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypt-court-orders-release-activist-amal-fathy-49334365

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/case-history-mohamed-lotfy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohamed_Lotfy_(Human_Rights_Defender)

https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/human-rights/events/article/human-rights-franco-german-prize-for-human-rights-and-the-rule-of-law-21-11-18

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sirikan_Charoensiri

https://afrique.lalibre.be/29342/egypte-la-justice-ordonne-la-liberation-dune-militante-des-droits-humains/ (FRANCAIS)

https://th.ambafrance.org/L-avocate-Sirikan-Charoensiri-recoit-le-prix-franco-allemand-pour-les-droits-de (FRANCAIS)

https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/dossiers-pays/allemagne/relations-bilaterales/prix-franco-allemand-des-droits-de-l-homme-et-de-l-etat-de-droit/article/droits-de-l-homme-prix-franco-allemand-des-droits-de-l-homme-et-de-l-etat-de (FRANCAIS)

https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/dossiers-pays/egypte/evenements/article/egypte-q-r-extrait-du-point-de-presse-16-01-19 (FRANCAIS)

https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sirikan_Charoensiri (ESPANOL)

Au cours d’une cérémonie chaleureuse qui s’est tenue le 18 décembre, les ambassadeurs d’Allemagne et de France en Égypte ont remis conjointement le Prix franco-allemand des droits de l’Homme et de l’État de droit à M. Mohamed Lotfy.

Ce prix, décerné cette année à 15 lauréats à travers le monde, récompense depuis 2016 des personnalités qui contribuent de façon exceptionnelle à la protection et à la promotion des droits de l’Homme et de l’État de droit dans leur pays et au niveau international.

Il témoigne de l’engagement constant de la France et de l’Allemagne en faveur des droits de l’Homme et de l’État de droit partout dans le monde et contribue à renforcer leur coopération dans ce domaine.

(Ambassade de France en Égypte Facebook, 18/12/18)

Sirikan Charoensiri, avocate thaïlandaise des droits de l’Homme au sein de l’organisation Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), a reçu le mercredi 19 décembre au soir à la résidence de l’ambassadeur d’Allemagne le prix franco-allemand pour les droits de l’Homme et l’Etat de droit des mains de l’ambassadeur de France en Thaïlande, Jacques Lapouge, et de l’ambassadeur d’Allemagne, Georg Schmidt, en reconnaissance de son travail pour défendre les Thaïlandais affectés dans leurs droits depuis le coup d’Etat de mai 2014.

Pour en savoir plus ➡️ http://bit.ly/2LsehD1

🇹🇭 เมื่อค่ำวันพุธที่ 19 ธันวาคม 2561 ณ ทำเนียบเอกอัครราชทูตเยอรมนี นางสาวศิริกาญจน์ เจริญศิริ ทนายความของศูนย์ทนายความเพื่อสิทธิมนุษยชน (Thai Lawyers for Human Rights – TLHR) ได้รับรางวัลสิทธิมนุษยชน และหลักนิติธรรมฝรั่งเศส-เยอรมัน จากนายฌัก ลาปูฌ เอกอัครราชทูตฝรั่งเศสประจำประเทศไทย และนายเกออร์ค ชมิดท์ เอกอัครราชทูตเยอรมนีประจำประเทศไทย เพื่อยกย่องการทำงานในการปกป้องชาวไทยที่ถูกละเมิดสิทธินับตั้งแต่เกิดรัฐประหารเมื่อเดือนพฤษภาคม 2557

ดูข้อมูลเพิ่มเติม ➡️ http://bit.ly/2PNkauV

(Ambassade de France en Thaïlande สถานเอกอัครราชทูตฝรั่งเศสประจำประเทศไทย Facebook, 20/12/18)

Lawyers for Lawyers: Lawyers Under Attack: Stories of Solidarity Among Legal Professionals

October 14, 2018

The connection between human rights and the independence of judges and lawyers is undeniable. As early as 1994, the Human Rights Commission (replaced by the Human Rights Council in 2006) noted with concern the growing attacks to the independence of lawyers and judges and decided to appoint a Special Rapporteur on this matter. As this problematic issue continued over the years and worsened in many countries, its mandate has been extended and continues nowadays. During the past year, Mr. Garcia-Sayan, current Special Rapporteur, has called for global attention regarding worrisome attacks against lawyers in China, Turkey and the Maldives and efforts by Governments to undermine judicial independence in Poland and the Philippines.

In order to learn more about this important topic we talked to “Lawyers for Lawyers” (L4L), an independent Dutch lawyers organization, which promotes and protects the independence of the legal profession through the support and empowerment of lawyers all over the world who face reprisals, improper interferences and restrictions because of their work, very often because they stood up for the human rights of their clients. Judith Lichtenberg and Sophie de Graaf (Executive Director and Policy &Programme Officer respectively at L4L) told us about the mission of L4L, problems faced by lawyers in the exercise of the legal profession nowadays and the work of L4L standing up for and supporting lawyers at risk.

Let us start from the beginning: where did the idea to found Lawyers 4 Lawyers come from?

Sophie de Graaf (SG): L4L is an independent non-profit organisation made up of lawyers, who promote common values of lawyers and their contribution to the justice system and the rule of law and stand up for colleagues who are hindered or threatened because of their work. The organisation has its roots in a solidarity campaign with Argentinean lawyers who disappeared or were detained without trial by the Military Junta during the years 1976 to 1983.

http://iravaban.net/en/203663.html?fbclid=IwAR2THAxtqmBvnDSDZAg_VtmXJv-Kge1_xaF4neOuJKWb-TSkctHu8Db3Ujk

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/

https://twitter.com/l4l_int?lang=en

http://iravaban.net/203215.html (ARMENIAN)

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/ (NEDERLANDS)

Thailand: Judicial harassment of Mr. Anon Nampa

November 16, 2018

THA 004 / 1118 / OBS 135
Judicial harassment
Thailand
November 16, 2018

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Thailand.

 

Description of the situation:

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the judicial harassment of Mr. Anon Nampa, a human rights lawyer working with Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) [1] since 2014. Mr. Anon is the lawyer of Mr. Thanakorn Siriphaiboon, who has been charged with violating Article 112 of the Criminal Code (lèse-majesté), Article 116 of the Criminal Code (sedition), and the 2007 Computer Crimes Act for having shared information about alleged corruption in the construction of the Rajabhakti Park [2], and for having ‘liked’ a Facebook post deemed insulting to King Rama IX’s dog.

According to the information received, on October 2, 2018, the Bangkok Military Court issued a summons dated September 25, 2018 for Mr. Anon to be investigated for disseminating on the TLHR website a statement [3] from a prosecution witness, Pol. Maj. Gen. Wijarn Jodtaeng, without the permission of the same military court in relation to Mr. Thanakorn’s case. If convicted under Article 30 of the Civil Procedure Code (‘contempt of court’), Mr. Anon could face up to six months’ imprisonment and/or a fine of 500 Bahts (approximately 13,50 Euros).

On October 3, 2018, the Bangkok Military Court argued that the public dissemination of the testimony could negatively impact the case and asked Mr. Anon to ask TLHR to delete the content published on their website within 24 hours. The Court also banned any other individual or organisation from publishing witness testimonies related to the case in the media, and indicated that this would be considered contempt of court.

On October 4, 2018, Mr. Anon submitted a motion to revoke the Bangkok Military Court’s order, arguing that Mr. Thanakorn’s trial should be conducted publicly, as provided for under Article 172 of the Criminal Procedure Code, the 2017 Constitution, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Mr. Anon added that TLHR’s publication did not distort the military officer’s testimony and did not directly disseminate any military court documents.

On October 5, 2018, the Bangkok Military Court dismissed the motion arguing that the case was still pending, and that publishing the witness testimonies could have a negative influence on society.

On October 8, 2018, Mr. Anon submitted an appeal to the Bangkok Military Court’s decision from October 5, on the grounds that the dismissed motion order had violated Mr. Thanakorn’s right to a fair trial and the performance of his duties as a lawyer.

Mr. Anon dedicates his efforts to providing legal aid to those facing politically motivated charges. He is facing another 10 legal cases against him [4] (among others for sedition under Article 116 of the Criminal Code and insulting a court under Article 198 of the Criminal Code). Three of the cases have concluded, while eight are still ongoing. Two cases are being tried in military court for violations of National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order 3/2015.

The Observatory condemns the judicial harassment of Mr. Anon and considers that this investigation over the dissemination of a witness’ testimony is emblematic of the violations of the right to a fair trial of the accused and of the continuous judicial harassment of human rights lawyers in Thailand.

https://www.fidh.org/en/issues/human-rights-defenders/thailand-judicial-harassment-of-mr-anon-nampa?fbclid=IwAR0_cg67nqacEPUVEhkGERBJ2icrpCcDjnuSivk9KEcBxIhE0HItGceo0Nc

http://www.omct.org/fr/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/thailand/2018/11/d25116/

https://prachatai.com/english/node/7547

Thailand: Military Court will conduct an inquiry on a civilian lawyer for allegedly disseminating a testimony of a military witness

October 2, 2018

Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) writes to draw your immediate attention to the
certain situation of Military Court’s inquiry of a civilian‘s defense lawyer Anon Numpha fo allegedly sharing a testimony of a military witness adduced by a military prosecutor.
Tomorrow, the Bangkok Military Court is going to inquire Mr. Anon Numpha at the Bangkok Military Court, in Khet Phra Nakhon, on 3 October 2018, at 8.30 am.

The inquiry related to the accusation against Mr. Anon Numpha for allegedly disseminating a military prosecutor witness’ testimony in the Mr. Thanakorn Siripaiboon case that legal officers of NCPO alleged him for violating Computer Crime Act and lese majeste and sedition of the Penal Code as a result of his postings about the King Rama IX’s dog and the alleged corruption in the construction of the Rajabhakti Park.

The Bangkok Military Court issued a summons dated 25 September 2018 to Mr. Anon
Nampha to be inquired over allegedly dissimating a military prosecutor‘s witness dated 23
February 2018 without permission of the Court. Nevertheless, an alleged content in the
prosecutor witness is part of the online article in the TLHR’s human rights case update title: “NCPO’s legal officer in sharing alleged corruption in the construction of the Rajabhakti Park and liking related to a dog king’s insult; testifying although he cannot use Facebook but spotted the defendant’s liking FB.” The article reported the Thanakorn case between February to September 2018 which is the public hearing without permission of making a note of any observers.

Regarding Mr. Anon Numpha, he is a lawyer network of TLHR who delicates his effort to
provide a legal aid to political accuses during NCPO’s administration. He has accused in
criminal charges at lease 10 lawsuits for violating the head of the NCPO order No. 3/2015,
alleging the sedition-like offense of Article 116 of the Penal Code, and insulting a court of
Article 198 of the Penal Code.

http://www.tlhr2014.com/th/?p=9167