Tag Archives: constitutional referendum

Junta gets another slap

In another important legal case, the Bangkok Post reports that a Ratchaburi provincial court “has acquitted four students and a reporter charged with violating the constitutional referendum law in 2016.” The students were in court and accused of opposing the junta’s constitution, which was made more-or-less illegal. As the Post puts it, they were accused […]

Further updated: Sparks beginning to fly

Quite some time ago we said that, as in the past, the spark that lights a fire under Thailand’s military dictatorship might come from something quite unexpected. We think we might have seen that spark and it may be two events that have begun to tip the political balance. One is Deputy Dictator General Prawit […]

Observation a crime under the junta

Back on 31 July 2016, two members of Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) observed a “Talk for Freedom” seminar on the military junta’s then draft constitution that was meant to be approved in a referendum. In order to ensure a positive vote, the junta had banned any discussion of its constitution that it deemed […]

Updated: Lese majeste punishment

In a recent post, PPT commented on the delays to lese majeste trials where defendants refuse to plead guilty. We said this as a form of torture. In addition to strenuous efforts to force defendants to plead guilty, those who don’t see their trials dragged out for years, while they remain in jail. A report […]

No internet freedom

Thailand remained a black hole for internet freedom in 2016. Freedom House reports that the key developments have been: In August, voters approved a referendum on a draft constitution that would weaken political parties, strengthen unelected bodies, and entrench the military’s presence in politics. Authorities placed severe restrictions on free expression ahead of the vote, […]

An illegitimate constitution

In a nasty reminder that the 2017 constitution was born of the military junta and is its construction of the political and legal rules, Wichan Phuwihan was sentenced by the Ubon Ratchathani Provincial Court to six months in prison and a 30,000 baht fine for having “attempted to dissuade people from voting in the referendum […]

Sanctioning and campaigning II

In an earlier post, we mentioned the case of a military court having accepted a case against several people who participated in seminar last year discussing the junta-backed charter. The point we didn’t make, and should have was that three of those charged are human rights lawyers who, it is reported, “merely observe the event” […]