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By Prachatai |
The Khon Kaen Provincial Court has dismissed charges against 26 people accused of planning rebellion against the junta in 2014, but fined 18 of the defendants for violating the NCPO Order banning gatherings and sentenced 2 to jail for being in possession of an explosive.
<div> <div>Seven individuals have been prosecuted in Pattaya for joining a pro-election protest in early March. </div></div>
<p>Chiang Mai’s prosecutors have postponed the indictment of academics and students accused of breaching the junta’s ban on political gatherings by participating in an academic forum.</p> <p>On 21 September 2017, the prosecutor at Chiang Mai District Court&nbsp;<a href="">postponed&nbsp;</a>the indictment of the five individuals who are accused of violating the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Head’s Order No. 3/2015, the junta’s ban on political gatherings of five or more persons.</p>
<p>The police have summoned academics and students accused of breaching the junta’s ban on political gatherings for participating in an academic forum.</p> <p>Teeramon Buangam, a master’s student at Chiang Mai University and editor of&nbsp;<a href="">Prachatham News</a>, told the media that he received a summons from Changphueak Police Station in Chiang Mai on 12 August 2017.</p>
<p>Soldiers and police officers have barred Muslim students from gathering to show solidarity with Palestine.</p> <p>On 29 July 2017, about 60 soldiers and police officers from Bangsue Police Station, both in uniform and plainclothes, disrupted a gathering of the <a href="">Muslim Students Federation of Thailand (MUSTFETH)</a> at Chatuchak Park in Bangkok.</p>
<p>In the three years since the 2014 coup d’état, the regime has disrupted 157 public events, most for being politically sensitive.</p> <p>According to<a href="">&nbsp;iLaw</a>, a human rights advocacy group, from the day of the military coup d’état on 22 May 2014 until 10 July 2017, the junta has disrupted at least 157 public events.</p>
<p dir="ltr">Almost one year after the constitution referendum in 2016, the police have concluded to press charges against 11 people accused of breaking the junta’s political gathering ban for participating in a discussion about the 2017 Constitution.</p>
<p>Bangkok’s Military Court has released on bail an embattled activist who was arrested one day before he planned to petition the junta for information about the controversial Thai-Chinese railway deal.</p> <p>On 26 June 2017, the Military Court of Bangkok granted bail to Rangsiman Rome, a key activist from the&nbsp;<a href="">Democracy Restoration Group (DRG)</a>, one day after he was arrested and detained overnight at Chanasongkram Police Station in Bangkok. Bail was set at 60,000 baht.</p>
<div>Police officers and soldiers have barred villagers from joining a march in Bangkok protesting amendment to the National Health Security Act.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 6 June 2017, the <a href="">People's Health Systems Movement</a> (PHSM) staged a protest at the office of the United Nations in Bangkok demanding the junta cease efforts to amend the National Health Security Act that threaten to abolish Thailand’s universal healthcare, also known as the "Gold Card" m </div>
By Amnesty International (AI) |
<div>Thai authorities are waging a campaign to criminalize and punish dissent by targeting civil society and political activists who peacefully exercise their rights to freedom of expression and assembly, a new briefing from Amnesty International said today.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dozens of human rights defenders, pro-democracy activists and others are currently being investigated and prosecuted under draconian laws and decrees, which are used as tools to silence critics by Thailand’s military government.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>“The Thai authorities have created a fearful environment w </div>
<p>Withdrawing an earlier ruling, a district court has sentenced a prominent anti-junta activist to two months in prison with the jail term suspended for one year.</p> <p>On 19 December 2016, Pathumwan District Court of Bangkok read the verdict of the Court of First Instance for Apichat Pongsawat, a 27-year-old prominent anti-junta activist.</p> <p>The court sentenced Apichat to two months in prison and a 6,000 baht fine for violating the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Head’s Order No. 3/2015 and Article 215 of the Criminal Code.</p>
<p dir="ltr">The police have accused an embattled human rights lawyer of sedition and violation of the junta’s political gathering ban, for observing a pro-democracy protest.</p> <p>Police from Samranrat Police Station issued a summon order for Sirikan Charoensiri, a lawyer from the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), to report to the station on 27 September 2016,<a href=""> the TLHR reported</a>. &nbsp;</p>