THAILAND: Legal and Extralegal Threats to Freedom of Expression

ALRC-CWS-25-07-2014 February 24, 2014 HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twenty fifth session, Agenda Item 3, General Debate A written submission to the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre THAILAND: Legal and Extralegal Threats to Freedom of Expression 1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to raise grave concerns about the intensification of legal and extralegal threats to freedom of expression in Thailand. Carried out in the name of protecting the monarchy, this range of threats constitutes the entrenchment of the normalization of the violation of human rights and curtailment of freedom of expression. This statement is the eighth on this topic that the ALRC has submitted to […]

THAILAND: Delayed Accountability and Continued Impunity for State Violence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 5, 2013 ALRC-CWS-24-06-2013 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twenty-fourth session, Agenda Item 3, General Debate A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status THAILAND: Delayed Accountability and Continued Impunity for State Violence 1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to raise grave concerns with the Human Rights Council about ongoing impunity for state violence during the crackdown on the supporters of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), or the “Red Shirts, during April-May 2010 in Thailand. 2. Beginning in early 2006, the group of citizens who became the People’s Alliance for Democracy […]

THAILAND: The Normalization of the Violation of Human Rights in the Name of Protecting the Monarchy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 30, 2013 ALRC-CWS-24-02-2013 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twenty-fourth session, Agenda Item 3, General Debate A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status THAILAND: The Normalization of the Violation of Human Rights in the Name of Protecting the Monarchy 1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to raise concerns about the normalization of the violation of human rights in the name of protecting the monarchy in Thailand with the Human Rights Council. This statement is the seventh on this topic that the ALRC has submitted to the Council since May 2011. During the seventeenth […]

THAILAND: The regularization of the crisis of freedom of expression

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 22, 2013 ALRC-CWS-23-05-2013 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twenty-third session, Agenda Item 3, General Debate A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status THAILAND: The regularization of the crisis of freedom of expression 1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to bring the regularization of the crisis of freedom of expression in Thailand to the attention of the Human Rights Council. This statement is the sixth on this topic that the ALRC has submitted to the Council since May 2011. During the seventeenth session of the Council in May 2011, the ALRC highlighted the […]

THAILAND: Freedom of Expression in Crisis – The Conviction of Somyot Prueksakasemsuk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 15, 2013 ALRC-CWS-22-02-2013 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twenty second session, Agenda Item 3, Interactive Dialogue with Working Group on Arbitrary Detention A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status THAILAND: Freedom of Expression in Crisis – The Conviction of Somyot Prueksakasemsuk 1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to bring the urgent crisis of freedom of expression in Thailand to the attention of the Human Rights Council. This statement is the fifth on this topic that the ALRC has submitted to the Council since May 2011. During the seventeenth session of the Council […]

THAILAND: Next steps to end impunity for state violence in Thailand

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 29, 2012 ALRC-CWS-21-03-2012 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twenty-first session, Agenda Item 4, General Debate A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status THAILAND: Next steps to end impunity for state violence in Thailand On 30 July 2012, the Criminal Court in Bangkok convicted five police officers for the murder of a teenager during the “war on drugs” in 2004 in Thailand. This is the first case of which the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) is aware in which police responsible for killings during the “war on drugs” under the government of ousted Prime Minister […]

THAILAND: Dehumanization and death in custody of a Thai citizen accused of lese majesty: The case of Amphon Tangnoppakul

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 14, 2012 ALRC-CWS-20-09-2012 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twentieth session, Agenda Item 4, General Debate A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status THAILAND: Dehumanization and death in custody of a Thai citizen accused of lese majesty: The case of Amphon Tangnoppakul On 8 May 2012, Mr. Amphon Tangnoppakul (also known to his family as “Ah Kong” or “grandfather,” and to the public as “Uncle SMS”), a 61-year-old man, was found dead in prison custody. At the time of his death, Amphon was serving a 20-year sentence received upon being convicted of four violations under […]

THAILAND: Freedom of expression under attack

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 11, 2012 ALRC-CWS-20-06-2012 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twentieth session, Agenda Item 3, Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status THAILAND: Freedom of expression under attack The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to bring the crisis of freedom of expression in Thailand to the attention of the Human Rights Council. This statement is the third on this topic that the ALRC has submitted to the Council since May 2011. During the seventeenth session of the Council in May 2011, the ALRC highlighted the […]

THAILAND: Political repression, disappearances and attacks on activists highlighted during Thai UPR outcome adoption

date: March 22, 2012 document id: ALRC-COS-19-13-2012 HRC section: Item 6 — consideration of UPR reports — Thailand Speaker: Mr. Norman Voss An Oral Statement to the 19th Session of the UN Human Rights Council from the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organization in general consultative status THAILAND: Political repression, disappearances and attacks on activists highlighted during Thai UPR outcome adoption Thank you Madam President, The ALRC welcomes Thailand’s UPR, which has highlighted many shared human rights concerns, including torture, forced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, freedom of expression and lèse majesté, prison conditions, corruption, impunity, violations in the southern provinces, as well as the need for review of problematic […]

THAILAND: Continued impunity for enforced disappearance in Thailand

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 21, 2012 ALRC-CWS-19-05-2012 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Nineteenth session, Agenda Item 3, Interactive Dialogue with the Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status THAILAND: Continued impunity for enforced disappearance in Thailand The Asian Legal Resource Center wishes to bring the importance of continued action to end enforced disappearance in Thailand to the attention of the Human Rights Council. While the signing of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance on 9 January 2012 by the Government of Thailand is a positive […]