Tag Archives: sedition

“This is considered unusual in legal practice”

On 27 June 2018, human rights lawyer Prawet Praphanukul was found guilty of sedition and sentenced to 16 months in prison. This is a somewhat surprising outcome in a case where the lawyer challenged the courts. With five others, Prawet was arrested  by the military on 29 April 2017. The six were detained on lese […]

HRW on The Dictator’s European holiday

Reproduced in full from Human Rights Watch: UK Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron should press Thailand’s junta leader to respect human rights and ensure a rapid transition to democratic civilian rule, Human Rights Watch said today. Prime Minister Gen. Prayut[h] Chan-ocha is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister May on June […]

Updated: The satellite system squirm

Read the junta’s efforts to hose down the satellite deal controversy. The Dictator Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha is “trying to placate opponents of the multi-billion baht defence satellite project, saying many other elements must be considered before deciding whether it should get off the ground, including the budget and people’s consent.” People’s consent? Huh? The Dictator […]

Selectivity in the judicial system

“Selectivity in the judicial system” is another way of expressing the notion of double standards. Several recent stories in the Bangkok Post highlight the junta’s continued emphasis on legal mechanisms to selectively repress its political opponents. The first Bangkok Post story is about a civil court having “temporarily disposed of a civil case against Suthep […]

Banning Puea Thai?

Is the military junta seeking to ban the Puea Thai Party before it allows its “election”? It seems possible. The junta knows that its one real challenge in an “election” is from the Puea Thai Party. Over the past four years, as well as changing electoral rules and party rules, has gone out of its […]

Updated: Akechai jailed

Activist Akechai Hongkangwarn is in jail. The Nation reports that the Criminal Court yesterday has ordered that he “be detained for 12 days following charges over his alleged involvement with pro-democracy, anti-junta activism months ago.” He is “the only one of 57 activists detained after having joined a March 24 assembly that marched to the […]

Prawet’s lese majeste defiance

After the completion of one lese majeste hero’s sentence, another hero faces his accuses with heroic defiance. Somyos Prueksakasemsuk completed his seven-year sentence at the end of last month, still challenging the authorities and the law used against him. Prawet Praphanukul remains incarcerated on lese majeste charges, facing three separate sedition charges, computer crimes and […]