People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC)

29 Sep 2015
A pro-coup Buddhist monk known for leading anti-election mobs prior to the 2014 coup d’état has urged the US and Human Rights Watch, a human rights civil society group, not to touch Thailand’s lèse majesté law or intervene in its domestic affairs.  
4 Sep 2015
The Criminal Court sentenced four people accused of shooting grenades into People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protesters in early 2014 to death, but reduced the sentence to life imprisonment.   On Friday, morning the Southern Criminal Court of Bangkok handed down the death sentence to Chatchawan Prabbamrung, Somsri Marit, Sunthorn Pipuannog, and Tweechai Wichakam after convicted the four of murder and possessions of weapons of war, including, carrying illegal weapons in public.  
27 Aug 2015
Prosecutors in Isan in Thailand’s Northeast, have postponed an indictment of a lese majeste case involving a well known anti-establishment redshirt figure, Sombat Boonngamanong, aka. Nuling. On Wednesday, 26 August 2015, the prosecutor’s office of the northeastern province of Roi-Et, postponed the indictment of Sombat Boonngamanong, the leader of Red Sunday,  red shirt. Sombat is accused of offenses under Article 112 of the Criminal Crime Code, the lese majeste law, and Article 14 of the Computer Crime Code, which forbids importing illegal online contents.
23 Jul 2015
A provincial court in northern Thailand has sentenced three anti-establishment red shirts to three years’ imprisonment each with the jail term suspended for hanging a banner with a message deemed seditious. On 22 July 2015, the Provincial Court of the northern province of Chiang Rai sentenced Od Suktako, Thanomsi Namrat, and Suksayam Jomtan, three red shirts from Mae Suai District of Chiang Rai, to four years in jail each under Article 116 of the Criminal Code, Thailand’s sedition law, for hanging a banner with a message viewed as sedition.
21 Jul 2015
The Thai national rights agency has announced a list of seven candidates to replace the old human rights commissioners while a human researcher raised question whether most candidates are qualified as human rights defenders.    On Tuesday, 21 July 2015, the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRC) announced the list of seven new members of the NHRC, who will be replacing the old NHRC members who have been in office since June 2009.
10 Jul 2015
The Criminal Court has dropped charges against anti-election protesters who barricaded a Bangkok District Office in early 2014 to prevent the general election from taking place.   According to T News, at 10:00 am on Thursday, 9 July 2015, Bangkok’s Criminal Court dropped charges against People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) demonstrators who barred the Din Daeng District Office in northern Bangkok, to prevent the distribution of ballot papers polling stations on 2 February 2014.
1 Jul 2015
A Facebook page of pro-junta students has urged the 14 anti-junta student activists to cease all political movements, claiming that they are selfish and destroying the nation.         
13 May 2015
The criminal court in northern Chiang Rai Province on Tuesday started a trial against three red shirts for hanging a cloth banner allegedly calling for a northern rising up against Bangkok.    According to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), the three defendants, who prefer to identify themselves only as Ood, Tanomsi and Suksayam, denied all allegations and have been released on 120,000 baht bail each.    They were charged under Article 116 of the Criminal Code which carries a jail term of up to seven years for instigating upri
31 Mar 2015
The criminal court on Tuesday postponed for a second time the preliminary hearing against a suspect known as the "popcorn gunman", accused of shooting at red shirt protesters during a confrontation between the red shirts and anti-election protesters in February 2014. According to Matichon Online, Bangkok’s Criminal Court on Tuesday morning granted the prosecutor’s request to postpone the preliminary hearing against Wiwat Yodprasit, the 24-year-old suspect indicted for attempted murder and carrying weapons during the political unrest at Laksi, northern Bangkok, on 2 February 2014.
2 Mar 2015
In January 2015, the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) began drafting the new Thai constitution with the promise of significant changes to return true democracy to the country. Yet, as the drafting continues, there is growing concern that it will never deliver on its promise. Thailand’s clock will turn back at least two decades to the pre-1997 era, which was characterized by weak and chaotic government and by the unchecked power of unelected elites. 
26 Feb 2015
Despite good electoral laws, Thailand’s 2014 election failed due to deeply partisan politics and the failures of the Election Commission, according to research which ranks Thailand’s election 88th of 127 elections held in 107 countries in 2012-2014.
20 Jan 2015
The criminal court postponed the preliminary hearing against a suspect charged with murder and carrying arms in public during a confrontation between the red shirts and anti-election protesters in February 2014.


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