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<div> <div>The first lèse majesté suspect under King Rama X claims that prison staff have repeatedly searched his rectum for drugs.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 5 January 2017, Jatuphat ‘Pai’ Boonpattaraksa, a key member of the New Democracy Movement (NDM) and Dao Din anti-junta activist groups, told Prachatai that every time he returns to prison from court, authorities order him to bend down so that his rectum may be searched.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Despite Jatuphat’s protests that he should not be subjected to this treatment since he is a political suspect, not a drug suspect </div></div>
<div> <div>Thai authorities have arrested nine people for allegedly launching cyber-attacks against Thai government websites during the past week. The attacks were in response to amendments to the controversial Computer Crimes Act. </div></div>
<div> <div>In a secret hearing, a provincial court has revoked bail in a lèse majesté case, ruling that the suspect insulted the authorities in a Facebook post.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 22 December 2016, Khon Kaen Provincial Court approved a police request to revoke bail for Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa, <a href="">the first person charged with lèse majesté under the reign of King Maha Vajiralongkorn</a>. The court conducted the hearing in secret and ruled that the suspect has violated bail conditions. </div></div>
<div>More than 300,000 Thais have signed a petition opposing the new Computer Crime Bill that will allow greater government control over information online.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 15 December 2016, representatives of the Thai Netizen Network (TNN) and Amnesty International (AI) submitted the signatures to the President of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), the junta-appointed law-making body. </div>
<div> <div>Thailand saw its first lèse majesté case under King Rama X, only two days after the king’s accession. Experts argue that this case is different from cases that occurred under King Rama IX.</div> </div> <p></p>
<div> <div>Thailand’s deputy junta head has confirmed BBC Thai will be prosecuted for publishing a controversial biography of the newly instated King Vajiralongkorn.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 6 December 2016, deputy junta head Prawit Wongsuwan told media that the biography contains false information, so he has urged authorities to investigate whether the article is in breach of the law. </div></div>
<p dir="ltr">After the arrest of an anti-junta activists accused of lèse majesté for sharing the BBC Thai’s biography of King Rama X, Thai authorities have blocked the article.</p>
<p dir="ltr">The Thai police have arrested a leading member of an anti-junta activist group for sharing a biography of the new King of Thailand published by the BBC Thai. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">At about 8: 45 am on 3 December 2016, police officers arrested Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa, aka. Pai Daodin, while he was participating in a rally with a group of Buddhist monks in the northeastern province of Chaiyaphum.</p>
<div> <div> <div>After police attempted to arrest a forest nomad in the middle of a human rights forum, a network of tribesmen in southern Thailand submitted a petition to the UN asking for protection from discrimination.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On Friday, 26 August 2016, the Network of Southern Ethnic Minorities sent an urgent letter to the UN pleading for a protective measure for nomadic tribes in Thailand. </div></div></div>
<div> <div>The public prosecutor decided to file charges against human rights lawyer for hosting ‘standing still’ activities demanding for the release of junta critics.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On Tuesday, 27 May 2016, Thailand Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) <a href="">reported</a> that the public prosecutor had filed charges under Public Assembly Act against Anon Nampa, a human right lawyer and a key member of Resistant Citizen, an anti-junta activist group, for hosting standing still activities to show support for and solidarity wit </div></div>
<div> <div> <div>Facebook has rebutted Thai Facebook users’ concerns that the company has compromised its privacy policy to the Thai government, following the arrests of online activists charged with private Facebook chat content.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On Tuesday, 10 May 2016, Facebook insisted that it never provides user information and does not cooperate with the Thai junta’s censorship practice, rejecting the allegations in the past few weeks that Facebook has supported the junta in the recent cyber crackdown against the junta critics, <a> </a></div></div></div>
<div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div>The military has again attempted to censor the anti-establishment Same Sky (Fah Deaw Kan in Thai) publishing house by banning its t-shirts, one of which has the image of a dinosaur, with possible charges of lèse majesté. </div></div>