freedom of assembly
17 Mar 2023
A new report by the CIVICUS Monitor rates civic space in Thailand as 'repressed,' as the royal defamation law continues to be used to criminalise dissent and spyware has been used against activists. Protesters were also prosecuted and faced excessive force while concerns remain about a restrictive NGO bill.
24 Dec 2022
A new report published by the human rights group ARTICLE 19 has found that the Thai government’s treatment of pro-democracy protesters violated their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, including by exploiting the Covid-19 pandemic to enact repressive emergency measures and using the royal defamation law against protesters.
14 Dec 2022
A 19-year-old protester who was arrested during a protest on 13 October 2020 has been sentenced to 2 years and 5 days in prison on charges resulting from the protest, including violation of the Emergency Decree and resisting officials.
17 Nov 2022
Thailand is currently hosting the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week, taking place between 14 – 19 November at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre (QSNCC), with the 29th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting on 18-19 November. Meanwhile, activist groups and civil society organizations are planning series of protests over the week against what they see as an attempt by the government to boost its legitimacy and greenwash the country’s major polluters.
23 Sep 2022
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced today (23 September) that the State of Emergency will end on 1 October, while over 1000 people are still facing charges for violating gathering bans imposed under the Emergency Decree by participating in pro-democracy protests.
23 Sep 2022
The Central Juvenile and Family Court yesterday (22 September) dismissed charges against an 18-year-old gender equality activist accused of violating the ban on gatherings under the State of Emergency for giving a speech at a protest in October 2020.
13 Jul 2022
From 9.00 – 17.00 for the past three days, activists and members of the public stood in front of the UN headquarters in Bangkok to protest against the denial of bail for detained activists and to demand that UN agencies pay attention to the Thai authorities’ violation of civil and political rights.
31 May 2022
The people’s movement against the drafting of laws that undermine freedom of association calls upon the civil court to stop general Prayut Chan-o-cha and other five parties from stifling public assembly.
29 Mar 2022
Declared 2 years ago to combat the spread of Covid-19, Thailand’s State of Emergency has resulted in diminished freedom of expression and assembly. It has also been used as grounds for cracking down on pro-democracy protests and prosecuting activists.
15 Feb 2022
11 activists have been charged with violations of the Emergency Decree for joining a protest organized by the People’s Movement for Just Society (P-Move), which addressed land rights and community rights.
5 Jan 2022
Community rights activist Khairiyah Rahmanyah, 18, said she received a summons from the Pathumwan Police Station for violating the Emergency Decree and the Sound Amplifier Act.
5 Jan 2022
A year and a half after the protest at the Democracy Monument on 18 July 2020, the youth-led protests have expanded into a popular movement including issues from labour rights and gender equality to religious reform and monarchy reform.