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By Prachatai |
<p>After 7 years, the public prosecutor has decided to indict activists from the New Democracy Movement (NDM) and the Dao Din group on charges of sedition for an anti-junta protest in front of Pathumwan Police Station on 24 June 2015.</p>
By John Draper |
<p>The Dao Din are Thailand’s best known student activist group, with one activist (Pai) in prison for lèse-majesté and others facing charges of illegal assembly. Started fourteen years ago at the beginning of the Faculty of Law of Khon Kaen University, the nascent Dao Din consisted of first year students who went into the field on a project-by-project basis to survey the injustices faced by villagers in the Northeast. The Dao Din mainly consist of Faculty of Law students, around 90%, with another 10% coming from Humanities and Social Sciences, Economics, Engineering, Education, and Nursing.</p>
<div> <div>A military court has accepted a case against eight individuals who participated in seminar last year on the junta-backed constitution. Three are human rights defenders who came merely to observe the event.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 17 October 2017, Khon Kaen Military Court <a href="">accepted a case</a> against five student activists and three human rights defenders. </div></div>
<div> <div> <div> <div>Some 30 security officers have raided the headquarters of the activist group Dao Din and confiscated documents about the controversial healthcare reform. When an activist asked to see a search warrant, a policeman gestured towards a military officer saying, “Here is the warrant.”</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Akhom Sibutta, a Dao Din student activist, was alone at the headquarters when it was raided in the early morning of 21 June 2017. </div></div></div></div>
<p>The authorities have accused three more youth activists of contempt of court for joining a peaceful gathering demanding Pai Dao Din’s release from prison.</p> <p>On 20 March 2017, <a href="">Thai Lawyers for Human Rights</a>&nbsp;reported that the well-known anti-junta activist Sirawit ‘Ja New’ Serithiwat; Panupong Sritananuwat, an activist from the&nbsp;<a href="">Dao Din group</a>&nbsp;based at Khon Kaen University; and another law student who requested anonymity had received court notices.</p>
<p>Student activists from Khon Kaen University have been accused of contempt of court for participating in a peaceful gathering to demand Pai Dao Din’s release. &nbsp;</p> <p>On 17 March 2017,&nbsp;<a href="">Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR)&nbsp;</a>reported that activists from the activist <a href="">Dao Din group</a>, based in Khon Kaen University, and New Generation Citizens (NGC), another political activist group in the region, received a court notice.</p>
<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>
<p dir="ltr">A provincial court has freed &nbsp;a leading member of an anti-junta activist group accused of lèse majesté for sharing a biography of the new King of Thailand published by the BBC Thai. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">At 11:45 am on 4 December 2016, the Provincial Court of Khon Kaen granted 400,000 baht bail to Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa, &nbsp;also known as Pai Daodin, a key member of the New Democracy Movement (NDM) anti-junta activist group. &nbsp;</p>
<p dir="ltr">Nearly two months after the referendum on the junta-sponsored constitution, the police are summoning more people for violating the junta’s ban on political gatherings over a public seminar about the constitution.</p>
<p dir="ltr">The Thai military officers in Isan, northeastern Thailand, summoned a student filmmaker for talks because the student did not asked for permissions to film a documentary in a restricted area with protracted mining conflict.</p> <p>On 24 July 2015, the military officers of the northeastern Maha Sarakham Province summoned Pariwat Kampeera, a 21 years-old student of Maha Sarakham University for a discussion over a documentary he had filmed for a TV program called ‘Thi Nee Ban Rao’ (This is my home) of Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS).</p>
<p>Activists, academics, and many others gathered at Thammasat University to show their solidarity for the 14 embattled anti-junta activists and call for their release as the end of their custody period draws near.</p> <p>On Monday evening, 6 July 2015, many people from all walks of life gathered at Thammasat University, Tha Prachan Campus, to participate in an event called ‘Wings of Freedom’ to campaign for the immediate release of the 14 embattled anti-junta activists, who have been in custody since 26 June 2015.</p>
By Taweesak Kerdpoka, Asaree Thaitrakulpanich, and Panida Dumri |
<p><em>Shortly after the one-year anniversary of the military coup on 22 May, 14 anti-junta activists were arrested for their peaceful gatherings. Since then, different groups in Thai society have shown their support for or opposition to the jailed activists’ civil disobedience.The 14 activists, mostly students, are members of the New Democracy Movement (NDM).&nbsp;</em></p> <p></p>