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Thai activist musician Chai-amorn Kaewwiboonpan was sentenced by the Criminal courts on Monday to four years of imprisonment for actions deemed insulting to Thailand’s monarchy and for violating the country’s Computer Crime Act. The charges stem from an incident in 2021 where Chai-amorn publicly admitted to burning a portrait of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn. He [...]

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A Thai court acquitted 67 individuals on Friday of terrorism charges for protests that caused two airports to shut down in 2008. The protests were orchestrated by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) in opposition to the then government, which was headed by allies of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The Bangkok Criminal Court issued the [...]

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Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) said in a statement on Tuesday that it will petition the country’s Constitutional Court to dissolve the opposition Move Forward Party (MFP) because of the latter’s efforts to change the country’s royal insult law. The legislation, also known as Thailand’s “lese majeste” law, falls under section 112 of the Thai criminal [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) called Tuesday on Indonesia to safeguard the well-being of Rohingya refugees who have recently arrived in the country. This appeal follows several reported incidents of Indonesia pushing back boats carrying Rohingya refugees. HRW called on Indonesian authorities to cease all pushbacks of boats carrying Rohingya refugees and to investigate and end [...]

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Thailand’s progressive opposition party, the Move Forward Party submitted a draft bill to Parliament Thursday seeking to establish amnesty for potentially thousands of individuals who have been charged with various crimes during political rallies since 2006. These charges notably include offenses such as insulting the monarchy, which have drawn condemnation for not complying with international [...]

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The Court of Appeal in Thailand on Saturday rejected the bail application of Arnon Nampa, a prominent leader of the Thai protest movement, according to a social media announcement from the Thai Lawyers Center for Human Rights (TLHR). Arnon Nampa was convicted under Thailand’s lèse-majesté law, which imposes strict penalties for defaming or insulting the [...]

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Pita Limjaroenrat, a leading progressive candidate for Thai prime minister, failed on Thursday to obtain enough votes to secure the leadership position in Thai’s Parliament. During a joint parliamentary session, Pita fell short of the prime minister position by 52 votes, despite garnering overwhelming support in the May general election over the ruling military-backed government [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) Friday called on Thai authorities to release a 15-year-old student activist who was detained after allegedly defaming the nation’s monarchy. Thanalop “Yok” Phalanchai was arrested in Bangkok on 28 March after police accused her of criticising the monarchy during a protest rally in October 2022. She was later charged with lèse-majesté [...]

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