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<div>The Thai police have filed additional charges against a well-known anti-junta youth activist leader over his role in an anti-coup gathering in February 2015.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) <a href="">reported</a> that on Tuesday, 8 March 2016, the Pathumwan Police Station in Bangkok filed additional charges against Thammasat University student activist <a href="">Sirawit Serithiwat</a>, who was abducted and reportedly ill-treated w </div>
<p>The Thai police plan to file additional charges against a well-known anti-junta youth activist leader over his role in an anti-coup gathering in February 2015.</p>
By Kongpob Areerat |
<p>Pathumwan District Court of Bangkok has dismissed charges against an anti-junta activist indicted for protesting against the coup in May 2014.</p> <p>Pathumwan District Court on Thursday morning, 11 February 2016, dismissed charges against Apichat P., an anti-coup activist, who had been charged with violating the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order No. 7/2014, which prohibits any political gathering of five or more persons.</p>
<p>The police have charged four people with violating the junta’s ban on political gatherings for lighting candles as a symbolic protest against the coup-makers.</p> <p>Police from Mueang Nonthaburi Police Station on Monday, 21 December 2015, sent to the prosecutors the case file of Chaiwat Trakarnratsanti and three other suspects, who are accused of violating National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order No. 7/2014, which bans political gatherings of five or more persons,.</p>
<p>A group of academics at around 10:30 am on Monday, 23 November 2015, submitted a letter to Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta leader and Prime Minister, demanding the junta stop harassing and intimidating academics.</p> <p>The letter was signed by about 300 leading academics, such as Anusorn Unno, a lecturer from the Humanities Faculty of Thammasat University, Kasian Tejapira and Prajak Kongkirati, renowned political science lecturers from Thammasat, and Pitch Pongsawat, a political scientist from Chulalongkorn University. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
<p>A citizen network in southern Thailand has demanded that the Thai junta withdraw charges against embattled academics and stop intervening in academic freedom.</p> <p>A network of 50 academics, physicians, and others from the southern province of Songkhla on Sunday, 22 November 2015, issued a joint statement addressed to the Thai military government after several academics last week were accused of violating the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) ban on political gatherings.</p>
<p>The Thai authorities have summoned to a police station an academic who urged the junta not to intervene in academic freedom.</p> <p>According to Midnight University, a virtual university for free public education, police from Chang Puak Police Station in northern Chiang Mai Province issued a summons for Attachak Sattayanurak, a history lecturer from Chiang Mai University.</p>
<p>Four embattled anti-coup activists charged with violating the junta’s ban on political gatherings have refused to testify before a military court, saying the court does not have jurisdiction over their case.</p>
<p>The Thai military court has rejected a custody request concerning the 14 anti-junta activists on one of their charges. However, they still have to face trial.</p> <p>At about 11:30 Tuesday, 7 July 2015, the Thai military court rejected a police custody petition to detain the 14 embattled anti-junta activists, who have been in custody since 26 June 2015. &nbsp;</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>
<p dir="ltr">The 14 anti-junta activists detained stay adamant on their civil disobedience move and refuse to submit bail request to the military court, saying that the court has no jurisdiction on the case. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Kritsadang Nujarad, a defence lawyer of 14 anti-junta activists under custody at 1 pm on Friday, 3 July 2015, told the press in front of Bangkok Remand Prison that none of the 14 anti-junta activists will request for bail.</p>