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<p dir="ltr">The Thai Digital Federation has urged lawmakers to amend the Computer Crime Bill draft, saying that it opens space for authorities to suppress rights to freedom of expression.</p>
<p dir="ltr">A military prosecutor has officially charged eight people allegedly involved in a Facebook page mocking the Thai junta leader for crimes against the state.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Military Judge Advocate General’s Office on Tuesday, 23 August 2016 indicted <a href="">eight people</a> 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.</p>
<p dir="ltr">The outspoken niece of a soldier who was brutally tortured to death in a military barrack has said that an army officer involved in the torture of her uncle has been promoted to a higher rank. The same army officer has accused the niece of offences under the Computer Crime Act.</p>
By Austin Silvan |
<p dir="ltr">The “Computer Crimes Act” of Thailand was amended this year to change, add, and remove various aspects. Although many articles have been amended, and even improved in some cases, there are still &nbsp;critical issues found within the current and proposed legislation.</p> <p></p>
<p>The Thai police have arrested the niece of a soldier who was tortured to death in the Deep South of Thailand after the authorities accused her of defaming the military. &nbsp;</p> <p>Three police officers from Makkasan Police Station, Bangkok, on Tuesday morning, 26 July 2016, arrested Naritsarawan Kaewnopparat, the niece of <a href="">Wichian Puaksom</a>, a military conscript who was tortured to death by other soldiers in 2011.</p> <p>She was arrested at her workplace in Bangkok and is currently in custody at Makkasan Police Station.</p>
<p>Civil society groups have urged lawmakers not to pass the new Computer Crime Bill, as it further violates the rights to freedom of expression and to privacy.</p> <p>Representatives from the Thai Netizen Network (TNN), an internet freedom advocacy group, on Thursday, 6 July 2016, submitted a petition to Peerasak Porjit, Deputy President of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), urging the authorities to halt the process to pass the amended version of the Computer Crime Act.</p>
<p dir="ltr">Key members of Resistant Citizen, a well-known anti-junta activists group, and other leading pro-democracy activists might be charged with Computer Crime Act over performing in a music video on the draft constitution referendum.</p>
<p>After being imprisoned for almost two years, a well-known anti-establishment red-shirt country singer recanted earlier statements and pleaded guilty to a lèse majesté charge.</p> <p>At the Criminal Court on Ratchadaphisek Rd., Bangkok, on Monday morning, Thanat Thanawatcharanon, 58, aka Tom Dundee, a country singer-turned-red-shirt activist, pleaded guilty to an offence under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law.</p> <p>Thanat was indicted on two lèse majesté charges.</p>
<div> <div>The proposed amendments to the controversial Computer Crime Act will increase online surveillance and censorship by expanding legal boundaries and obliging Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to comply with government censorship measures. </div></div>
<p dir="ltr">International rights organisations have expressed concerns that the amendment of the Computer Crime Act might violate the rights to freedom of expression and to privacy.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Thursday, 26 May 2016, Amnesty International, the Thai Netizen Network (TNN) and Privacy International handed a joint statement to Pol Gen Chatchawan Suksomjit, Chair of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) committee vetting the amended version of the Computer Crime Act.</p>
By Human Rights Watch |
<p>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.<br /><br />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.<br /></p>
<p>The Military Court has detained a supporter of&nbsp;<a href="">the eight abducted junta critics</a>. &nbsp;He is accused by the junta’s legal team of lѐse majesté.</p> <p>The Military Court of Bangkok on Saturday morning, 30 April 2016, granted police permission to detain Burin Intin, who was arrested by the police on Wednesday evening for&nbsp;<a href="">gathering with 15 other activists to show solidarity with the abducted junta critics</a>.</p>