Darunee Charnchoensilpakul

12113Darunee Charnchoensilpakul was initially sentenced to 18 years in jail on lese majeste charges on 28 August 2009. That trial, conducted in secret in a closed court, saw her receive 6 years for each of three comments she made speaking to a political rally. The case made a mockery of Thailand’s judicial processes (see below). She faced a re-trial after that case was declared invalid (see below).

Commonly known as “Da Torpedo,”  Darunee, a pro-Thaksin Shinawatra and self-proclaimed pro-democracy campaigner, was arrested on  22 July 2008 after delivering an exceptionally strong 30-minute speech denouncing the 2006 coup and the monarchy.  She was also accused of slandering the rabid General Saprang Kalayanamitr, an outspoken leader of the 2006 military coup.

It was the so-called People’s Alliance for Democracy and its supporters who brought media attention to her case, baying for Darunee’s incarceration on lese majeste charges. PAD leader Sondhi Limthongkul allegedly repeated her claims while demanding her jailing, and eventually found himself facing a lese majeste charge.

Darunee is from Bangkok and had previously worked at the Phim Thai newspaper and the Thai Sky News cable network.

She was refused bail many times. The courts repeatedly found no grounds to grant bail. The Bangkok Post reported that “The court reasoned that the charges against Ms Daranee carried very heavy penalties, and that her alleged offenses could tarnish the monarchy, therefore granting her bail could hurt the feelings of the King’s loyal subjects.”

Her lawyer pointed out that her case does not fall under the legal reasons for denying bail: “According to Article 108 of the Criminal Procedure Act, a suspect should be denied bail if he/she was likely to escape or repeat the offence he/she was accused of, or to meddle with witnesses and evidence, or if the bail guarantor was deemed to be unreliable.”

In February 2009, it was reported that Darunee was ill, thin and discouraged. A report stated that: “Her voice was hoarse and her words sounded fuzzy as she could hardly open her mouth to speak due to severe jaw dysfunction.” This is the medical condition that the court considered provided no grounds for granting bail. At the time, she felt alone and abandoned and she endured insults from fellow inmates and prison officials who castigate her for showing disrespect to the monarchy. However, this phase passed, and she remained defiant.

When Darunee’s trial began in June 2009, the judge, citing reasons of national security, closed the trial, meaning it became a secret political trial. This decision caused an emotional response from  Darunee who said: “I want justice.” She added, “The speech I am charged with was made at an open rally. I cannot accept that a closed trial will guarantee justice.” Judge Prommat Toosang said Darunee’s trial at Bangkok’s Criminal Court disingenuously claimed: “I guarantee the defendant will get a fair trial,” and then closed the court.

In July 2009, Darunee appeared in court on other charges, “accused of surrounding the office of ASTV and insulting Sondhi Limthongkul when she led a group of red shirts to protest against the yellow shirts’ mouthpiece in 2007.” She was charged with “gathering in a group of ten or more people to instigate public unrest, detaining other people, damaging private property, trespass, and insulting others, in the incident when she led a group of about 50-70 red shirts to protest at the ASTV office on Phra Athit Road on June 1, 2007.”

When the defence lawyer requested that the court summon Sondhi to testify as a witness, Sondhi’s lawyers declined. She was eventually convicted on this charge, but having served a year in jail, the fine she received was set aside.

On 28 August 2009, Darunee was sentenced to 18 years in jail. No-one can claim that this was a fair trial as the decision comes from a politicized court that was closed.

Darunee remained defiant, vowing to fight on.

PPT believes that her refusal to plead guilty is the reason why she has received such a harsh sentence. Usually, it is expected that those on lese majeste charges will plead guilty in the belief that they will receive a lighter sentence in exchange for the case not having to go to court. The Financial Times states: “Few defendants in lèse majesté cases choose to fight the charges as Ms Daranee did: lawyers say the ill-defined laws are almost impossible to beat even in a case that is open to public scrutiny, and most choose to plead guilty and beg the king for mercy on conviction. Thai law stipulates that defendants who choose to admit the charges against them can receive more lenient sentences.” Some 30-40 of her supporters were present for the reading of the verdict.

Following her sentencing, Darunee was the subject of further harassment by prison officials and was placed in solitary confinement for unspecified offenses. The prison has also created a special name tag for her, identifying her as convicted of lese majeste. It seems that 18 years is insufficient punishment for some authorities. These actions by Thai officials violate international law.

On 27 October 2009, Darunee’s lawyer lodged an appeal against her sentence at the Criminal Court. An appeal was also made to the Constitutional Court on the constitutionality of her trial in secret.

On 29 July 2010, Darunee requested temporary release  to receive medical treatment. She also argued that Sondhi Limthongkul, a PAD leader accused of the same crime, has always been granted bail until now.” Naturally, Sondhi, being a yellow-shirt, received different treatment. Her request was rejected a few days later, citing the fact that her case carried a severe punishment and her crime was against the revered and venerated monarchy, affecting widely the feelings of loyal people.

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Finally, in February 2011, the Appeals Court voided the jail sentence handed down by the Criminal Court in Darunee’s closed trial.

The grounds were that an earlier petition for a Constitution Court ruling on legal procedures (based on Sections 29 and 40 of the constitution) had not been forwarded to the court for due consideration. She asked the Criminal Court to forward her petition to the Constitution Court to rule whether the prosecutors’ request was constitutional. The Criminal Court did not forward her petition to the Constitution Court, and went ahead with the trial and convicted and sentenced her. The  Appeals Court annulled the jail sentence.

This outcome meant that the Criminal Court would forward her original petition to the Constitution Court for a ruling on whether the prosecutors’ request for the trial to be held in camera under Section 177 of the Criminal Procedures Code contravenes Sections 29 and 40 of the constitution. If the Constitution Court ruled in her favor, the prosecution could request a fresh trial as the charge would not be dismissed. The decision also meant that Darunee could again request bail.

On 17 February 2011, her lawyer and brother went with 1 million baht in cash to attempt to bail her out. The request was denied, on the basis that earlier courts had denied her request for bail, that she committed a grave crime against the monarchy, and that she was a flight risk. Her lawyer appealed against this bail denial and that appeal was dismissed on 1 March 2011.Then, in a remarkable demonstration of the injustice and bias inherent in the Thai courts, the Constitutional Court’s verdict was that her secret trial was constitutional! This verdict was read by the Criminal Court on 17 October 2011 and her verdict reading is scheduled for 15 December 2011.

PPT is unsure how her re-trial took place. It seems the judges simply met, considered the original evidence from the voided verdict trial and sentenced to 15 years jail on three counts of lese majeste. Some thought this was a reduction in sentence from the original 18 years. The fact is that Darunee has already served more than 3 years.

The presiding judge who read the verdict was Chanathip Muanphawong, who also read the patently ridiculous 20-year verdict on Ampol Tangnopakul.The judge said the court found that Darunee had “committed the crime of royal defamation under the Criminal Code’s articles 112 and 91 and therefore deserved a five-year sentence for each of the three offences — committed in June 7 and 13 and July 18, 2008 – for a total of 15 years.

After hearing the verdict Darunee reportedly stated “that there was no point in fighting on under such circumstances.” We assume she meant under circumstances where no one charged under lese majeste can get a fair hearing or justice. However, in early January 2012, Darunee’s lawyer stated that she would appeal. Obviously her sentencing was a huge disappointment, but after  reflection, she remained brave and determined.

She appealed and her application for bail while her appeal was heard and, as usual, rejected on the bizarre notion that this brave woman would flee the country.By mid-May 2012, Darunee was hospitalized for an operation on her molar, a serious health problem known since her very first bail application.

Meanwhile, on 26 September 2012, Sondhi Limthongkul, the PAD leader who demanded Darunee’s imprisonment for lese majeste was acquitted on the charge he faced for allegedly repeating her statements while demanding her arrest and incarceration.In June 2013, the Appeals Court rejected Darunee’s appeal. On 24 July 2013, it was reported that Darunee had finally agreed, after 5 years in prison, to seek a pardon and to drop her appeals.

Darunee Charnchoensilpakul’s speech:

YouTube has 4 excerpts from one of her offending speeches, in Thai, with limited English titling. Search for “Da Torpedo” at YouTube and the speeches come up.

Media reports on Darunee’s case:

Prachatai, 22 July 2014: “A Call to Remember: 6 years of Da Torpedo behind bars for lèse majesté

Bangkok Post, 23 March 2014: “Activists, relatives rally for lese majeste prisoners

Prachatai, 24 July 2013: “จำคุกครบ 5 ปี ‘ดา ตอร์ปิโด’ ไม่สู้ชั้นฎีกา เตรียมขออภัยโทษ

The Nation, 13 June 2013: “Court upholds Da Torpedo’s 15-year lese majeste term

Bangkok Post, 12 June 2013: “Da Torpedo loses lese majeste appeal

The Nation, 28 November 2012: “PM accused of misusing budget

Bangkok Post, 18 September 2012: “Rich get bail, while poor go to jail

Prachatai, 24 May 2012: “Surachai hospitalized

Bangkok Post, 11 May 2012: “Spare a few thoughts for Da Torpedo

The Nation, 16 March 2012: “Da Torpedo bail rejected

Prachatai, 6 March 2012: “Surachai will ask PM to seek royal pardon for political prisoners

Prachatai, 6 January 2012: “Da Torpedo will fight her case

Bangkok Post, 15 December 2011: “Da Torpedo sentenced to 15 years

AP, 15 December 2011: “Thai activist gets 15 years for insulting monarchy

The Nation, 15 December 2011: “Da Torpedo gets 15 years in jail

Bangkok Post, 17 October 2011: “Daranee hoping verdict will be rescheduled”

Prachatai, 2 March 2011: “Appeals Court denies bail for Da Torpedo”

Prachatai, 18 February 2011: “Da Torpedo denied bail”

Bangkok Post, 9 February 2011: “Da Torpedo wins appeal”

A Safe World for Women, n.d.: “Da Torpedo. Thailand and Free Speech – the next Burma?”

Prachatai, 20 October 2010: “Foreigners and red shirts not allowed to visit Da Torpedo”

Prachatai, 12 August 2010: “Trial of Norporchor USA webmaster set for February next year”

Prachatai, 11 December 2009: “Da Torpedo revisited” and 9 December 2009: “เราจะไม่ทอดทิ้งกัน” รายงานการเยี่ยมดารณี ชาญเชิงศิลปกุล

Prachatai, 28 October 2009: “Da Torpedo appeals lèse majesté case” and 27 October 2009: ทนาย ‘ดา ตอร์ปิโด’ ยื่นอุทธรณ์คดีหมิ่น

Prachatai, 25 September 2009: “USA, Australia, EU and UN asked to intervene in Thailand’s jailing of political prisoners” and 24 September 2009: ทนาย ‘ดา ตอร์ปิโด’ ยื่นหนังสือสถานทูตอเมริกา-ออสเตรเลีย-อียู-ยูเอ็น เรียกร้องให้ยุติการกักขังนักโทษการเมือง

Prachatai, 14 September 2009: “Corrections Dept asked to explain Da Torpedo’s solitary confinement” and 12 September 2009: “ทนาย ‘ดา ตอร์ปิโด’ จี้ราชทัณฑ์แจงการกักเดี่ยว-เลือกปฏิบัติ”.

Prachatai, 10 September 2009: “Da Torpedo’s life behind bars”

Awzar Thi, in the Jurist, 6 September 2009: “Thailand judiciary further discredits itself with harsh lese majesty sentence against protestor”

The Times, 29 August 2009: “Red Shirt activist jailed for 18 years for insulting Thai Royal Family”

Christian Science Monitor, 29 August 2009: “Crackdown on royal critics deepens in Thailand”

Khom Chat Luek, 28 August 2009:  จำคุก”ดา ตอร์บิโด”18ปีฐานหมิ่นสถาบัน

Bloomberg,28 August 2009: “Thai Woman Gets 18 Years in Prison for Royal Insult”

Reuters, 28 August 2009: “Thai court jails Thaksin supporter for royal insult”

New York Times, 28 August 2009: “Activist Gets 18-Year Term for Insulting Thai King”

Southeast Asian Press Alliance, 28 August 2009: “Thai activist gets 18-year prison term for lese majeste”

Prachatai, 28 August 2009: “Da Torpedo sentenced to 18 years in jail for lèse majesté”

Sydney Morning Herald, 28 August 2009: “Torpedo gets 18 years for insulting king”

Financial Times, 28 August 2009: “Thai activist jailed for 18 years”

Bangkok Post, 28 August 2009: “18 years in jail for Da Torpedo”

Earth Times, 28 August 2009: “Thai court sentences woman to 18 years for lese majeste”

Reuters, 28 August 2009: “Thai court jails Thaksin supporter for royal insult”

Prachatai, 26 July 2009: “Activists call to Khlong Prem, to mark one year of Da Torpedo’s imprisonment”

Prachatai, 4 July 2007: “Da Torpedo in court for open trial”

Prachatai, 27 June 2009: “Amnesty urges Thailand to open lese-majeste trial”

The Nation, 25 June 2009: “Closed door lese majeste trial for Daranee makes lawyer despair”

New Mandala, 24 June 2009, “The injustice of a closed trial”

Straits Times, 23 June 2009, “Trial shut for security”

Reuters, 23 June 2009, “Thai lese-majeste trial shut “for national security”

Prachatai, 22 June 2009, “Talk with Da Torpedo’s lawyer” and in ไทย, “สัมภาษณ์ทนาย ‘ดา ตอร์ปิโด’ ก่อนขึ้นศาล: ชะตากรรมคนถูกขังยาว และคำถามถึง ‘คนเสื้อแดง’”

Prachatai, 1 March 2009: “Da Torpedo denied bail yet again”

Bangkok Post, 24 February 2009: “UDD jilts Da Torpedo. Ex-protester loses 15 kilos in jail”

Bangkok Post, 23 February 2009: “Lese majeste suspect’s bail rejected”

Prachatai, 9 January 2009, “Destinies of Two Female Lese Majeste Offenders”

Prachatai, 16 August 2008, “Bail still denied for lèse majesté detainee after 24 days”

Bangkok Post, 31 July 2008, “Police refuse to grant ‘Da Torpedo’ bail”

Prachatai, 25 July 2008: “Highest Institutional Problems”

The Nation, 24 July 2008: “Newsmaker”

The Nation, 23 July 2008, “‘Da Torpedo’ arrested over rally remarks”

The Nation, 22 July 2008, “‘Da Torpedo’ arrested on Lese Majeste charge”

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23 02 2009
New: Darunee Charnchoensilpakul again refused bail « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] suspect’s bail rejected” states that the Criminal Court threw out a bail request by Darunee Charnchoensilpakul (known as Da Torpedo), who is accused of  Apparently, this was Darunee’s third attempt to [...]

25 02 2009
New: An update on Darunee Charnchoensilpakul (Da Torpedo), « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] suspect’s bail rejected” states that the Criminal Court threw out a bail request by Darunee Charnchoensilpakul (known as Da Torpedo), who is accused of  lèse majesté. A report in the Nation newspaper states [...]

18 03 2009
New: U.N. Human Rights Council, human rights and lèse majesté « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] in the official lexicon, although the police did use this claim when initially refusing bail for Darunee Charnchoensilpakul. That claim was dropped as she was refused bail a second and third [...]

19 03 2009
Updated: No amendment to lèse majesté law « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] as can be seen by looking through the cases of persons currently held and denied bail including Darunee Charnchoensilpakul and Suwicha Thakor. Yet again the prime minister is loose with the truth when dealing with the [...]

20 03 2009
Lèse majesté issue at HRC-PPT « FACT - Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[...] in the official lexicon, although the police did use this claim when initially refusing bail for Darunee Charnchoensilpakul. That claim was dropped as she was refused bail a second and third time. Possibly related posts: [...]

20 03 2009
PM states no ‘amendments’ to lèse majesté law=PPT « FACT - Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[...] as can be seen by looking through the cases of persons currently held and denied bail including Darunee Charnchoensilpakul and Suwicha Thakor. Yet again the prime minister is loose with the truth when dealing with the [...]

22 06 2009
New: Prachatai’s interview with ‘Da Torpedo’s’ lawyer « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] For background her Daranee’s case, please see PPT’s compilation of reports here. [...]

24 06 2009
Further Updated: Daranee Charncherngsilpakul’s trial closed to public « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Updated: Daranee Charncherngsilpakul’s trial closed to public Darunee Charnchoensilpakul, also known as ‘Da Torpedo,’ finally faced a court yesterday.  Darren Scheuttler, [...]

25 06 2009
New: Pravit on Darunee « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Pravit on Darunee Darunee Charnchoensilpakul, also known as Da Torpedo, is the subject of a story in The Nation by Pravit Rojanaphruk (25 June [...]

27 06 2009
New: Darunee will not get a fair trial « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] will not get a fair trial PPT has reported on the lèse majesté charges brought against Darunee Charnchoensilpakul or Da Torpedo since this blog was established. As regular readers will know from our earlier post, [...]

27 06 2009
ความอยุติธรรม ในการพิจารณาคดีลับ « Liberal Thai

[...] ซึ่งคุ้มค่ากับการอ่าน และ โพลิติคอลพรีซั่นเนอร์ ในประเทศไทยก็เช่นเดียวกัน [...]

21 07 2009
The injustice of Darunee’s secret trial-New Mandala « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[...] is also well worth a read.  Political Prisoners in Thailand is, of course, following developments closely and there are other important elements of Daranee’s story available in Thai at LM Watch and at [...]

21 07 2009
Darunee will not get a fair trial-PPT « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[...] has reported on the lèse majesté charges brought against Darunee Charnchoensilpakul or Da Torpedo since this blog was established. As regular readers will know from our earlier post, [...]

28 07 2009
New: Some good news for Da Torpedo « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] (28 July 2009) it is reported, with a photo, that on Tuesday the Criminal Court has acquitted Darunee Charnchoensilpakul of charges of instigating unrest in the country. However she was fined Bt50,000 on defamation [...]

7 08 2009
New: Darunee’s lese majeste verdict due 28 August « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] on Aug 28”) has a short report stating that the final evidence was heard on 5 August and that Darunee Charnchoensilpakul’s lese majeste verdict will be delivered on 28 August. Recall that the whole trial has been conducted [...]

10 08 2009
Darunee visited by activists « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] visited by activists As we noted here a group of activists planned to visit Darunee “Da Torpedo” Charnchoensilpakul at the prison where she has been incarcerated for a year awaiting trial on lese majeste [...]

12 08 2009
New: Darunee interview « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] (9 August 2009: “Tough on the inside too”) has published an interview with “Da Torpedo,” Darunee Charnchoensilpakul, who is being tried in closed court for lese [...]

28 08 2009
New: Darunee sentenced to 18 years « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] is no surprise to see that “Da Torpedo,” Darunee Charnchoensilpakul, a former journalist, pro-Thaksin and democracy campaigner, who was arrested on  22 July 2008 on [...]

1 09 2009
New: Pravit on Darunee’s case « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] New: Pravit on Darunee’s case At Prachatai (1 September 2009), Pravit Rojanaphruk has this article “There She Was: Daranee Charnchoengsilpakul on The New York Times” about reaction to the harsh sentencing of Darunee Charnchoensilpakul. [...]

10 09 2009
New: Da Torpedo in prison « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] (10 September 2009: “Da Torpedo’s life behind bars”) has a detailed story on Darunee Charnchoensilpakul in prison. We won’t detail the report, but highlight a coupple of [...]

14 09 2009
New: Da Torpedo in solitary confinement « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Torpedo in solitary confinement In an earlier and updated post, PPT briefly noted rumors that Darunee Charnchoensilpak had been put in solitary confinement. This is now confirmed in a Prachatai article (14 September [...]

16 09 2009
New: Darunee guilty of coup defamations « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] “Da Torpedo fined Bt50,000 for defaming coup leaders, former PM, Prem”) states that Darunee Charnchoensilpakul has been convicted in the Criminal Court and fined Bt50,000 for defaming 2006 coup leader General [...]

21 09 2009
Updated: AI responds to Ji Ungpakorn « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] majeste in Thailand. As far as PPT is aware, the most that AI has done publicly is to complain that Darunee Charnchoensilpakul’s closed trial was a problem. If there have been any other public comments on the law and its [...]

25 09 2009
New: Darunee’s cause goes international « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] of  protesters who rallied in front of the U.S., Australian, U.N. and E.U. missions in Bangkok for Darunee Charnchoensilpakul and against Article 112 of the criminal code that enforces lese [...]

28 09 2009
Updated: TIME on Abhisit « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] may have been one or two cases which somehow went off the radar…” just days before Darunee Charnchoensilpakul was sentenced to 18 years’ jail. This is not the first time Abhisit has been less than [...]

6 10 2009
Sondhi Limthongkul and lese majeste « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] its advantages. Sondhi’s case relates to comments he made to a PAD rally on last year, about Darunee Charnchoensilpakul’s case, and at about the time she made the statement that landed in jail, without bail, facing trial in a [...]

10 11 2009
Letters to Da in a time of vulnerability « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] ‘ดา’” project. See here, here and here for our previous coverage of letters to Darunee Charnchoensilpakul, convicted in a closed court of lese [...]

8 12 2009
New: Fa Dieu Kan on Lèse Majesté, Da Torpedo, and the future « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] a signficant amount of information and analysis about lèse majesté, and particularly the case of Darunee Charnchoengsikpakul, also known as “Da Torpedo.” The text of the court decision is printed, along with a [...]

11 12 2009
New: Visiting Darunee in prison « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] ชาญเชิงศิลปกุล) of a visit by activist friends to Darunee Charnchoensilpakul (Da Torpedo) at Khlong Prem Prison, where she is held, having been convicted of lese majeste. [...]

13 12 2009
Fa Diaw Kan on lese majeste, Da Torpedo, and the future « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] a signficant amount of information and analysis about lèse majesté, and particularly the case of Darunee Charnchoengsikpakul, also known as “Da Torpedo.” The text of the court decision is printed, along with a [...]

15 12 2009
Same Sky on lèse majesté -PPT « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[...] a signficant amount of information and analysis about lèse majesté, and particularly the case of Darunee Charnchoengsikpakul, also known as “Da Torpedo.” The text of the court decision is printed, along with a chronology [...]

22 12 2009
New: Send a postcard to Khun Da Torpedo « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] New Mandala has alerted us to another project designed to send Khun Da Torpedo, or Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul, surrently serving (and appealing) an 18-year sentence for alleged crimes of lese [...]

27 12 2009
New: Send a card to Khun Da (ภาษาไทย) « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] A few days ago PPT posted about a new snail mail/email effort to remind Khun Da Torpedo (Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul), currently serving an unjust eighteen-year sentence for the alleged crime of lesè majesté, that [...]

26 01 2010
New: More on Suwicha and Da Torpedo « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] More on Suwicha and Da Torpedo The stories of Suwicha Thakor and Darunee Charnchoensilpakul or Da Torpedo are emblematic of the way that lese majeste is used in Thailand. Their current [...]

6 02 2010
More on Suwicha and Da Torpedo « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] on Suwicha and Da Torpedo The stories of Suwicha Thakor and Darunee Charnchoensilpakul or Da Torpedo are emblematic of the way that lese majeste is used in Thailand. Their current [...]

12 03 2010
No political prisoners in Thailand? « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] about Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul? What about Suwicha Thakor?  What about Boonyuen Prasertying? What about the many others who have [...]

17 03 2010
US claims no Thai political prisoners!-PPT « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[...] about Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul? What about Suwicha Thakor?  What about Boonyuen Prasertying? What about the many others who have [...]

12 04 2010
ABC TV on Thai politics

[...] be able to go back to Thailand…it is an extraordinary situation”.  He also mentioned Darunee Charnchoensilpakul’s 18-year prison sentence, among other [...]

13 04 2010
Monarchy assessed by Australian television « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] at a birthday party for his favourite poodle.” The program also interviewed the brother of Darunee Charnchoensilpakul or Da Torpedo serving 18 years in prison for lese majeste, Chiranuch Premchaiporn, “who faces [...]

14 04 2010
Reflections on Eric Campbell’s royal report

[...] Australian television. Campbell also interviewed Kittichai, the brother of lese majeste prisoner Darunee Charnchoensilpakul.  This was, again, powerful [...]

17 04 2010
Comments on Aussie lèse majesté show-New Mandala « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[...] Australian television. Campbell also interviewed Kittichai, the brother of lese majeste prisoner Darunee Charnchoensilpakul.  This was, again, powerful [...]

18 04 2010
What is happening to LM prisoners? « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] in Bangkok, what is happening to those already convicted of lese majeste and imprisoned, such as Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul, Boonyuen Prasertying and Suwicha Thakor? What is happening with the growing number of pending [...]

10 05 2010
Challenging government slurs and failing « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] on 27 and 28 April. The lecturer believes his name is included because he tried to get bail for Darunee Charnchoensilpakul, who was convicted of lese majeste in a secret [...]

17 08 2010
Sonthi Limthongkul’s trial will begin in November « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Limthongkul has a contradictory relationship to lesè majesté.  In January 2009, he criticized Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul (‘Da Torpedo’) for allegedly making comments critical of the royal institution. Darunee was sentenced to eighteen [...]

17 08 2010
Updated: Sonthi Limthongkul’s trial will begin in November 2011 « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Limthongkul has a contradictory relationship to lese majeste.  In January 2009, he criticized Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul (‘Da Torpedo’) for allegedly making comments critical of the royal institution. Darunee was sentenced to eighteen [...]

28 08 2010
Anniversary of Da Torpedo’s sentence « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] of Da Torpedo’s sentence It is one year ago that Darunee Charnchoensilpakul was sentenced to 18 years in jail on lese majeste charges. She has been in jail for more than two [...]

28 08 2010
Anniversary of Da Torpedo’s sentencing « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] of Da Torpedo’s sentencing It is one year ago that Darunee Charnchoensilpakul was sentenced to 18 years in jail on lese majeste charges. She has been in jail for more than two [...]

24 09 2010
First anniversary of Darunee’s 18-year lèse majesté sentence-PPT « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[...] is one year ago that Darunee Charnchoensilpakul was sentenced to 18 years in jail on lese majeste charges. She has been in jail for more than two [...]

28 09 2010
PPT observes Banned Books Week, mourns the constriction of speech « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] year we urged readers to read banned books, write to Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul and Suwicha Thakor, and otherwise work to keep thinking, reading and writing free in Thailand and [...]

20 10 2010
Darunee refused “political” visits « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] reports that Darunee Charnchoensilpakul, or Da Torpedo, is being refused some visitors at the prison where she is incarcerated. Darunee is [...]

1 11 2010
Abhisit and the ICC « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] legal redress, something that seems impossible in Thailand. Ask those subject to imprisonment and secret trials for lese majeste. Ask those who watch clips of judges making corrupt [...]

1 11 2010
นายอภิสิทธิ์และศาลอาญาระหว่างประเทศ | ประเทศไทย Robert Amsterdam

[...] และถูกดำเนินคดีลับในข้อหาหมิ่นพระบรมเดชานุภาพ [...]

2 11 2010
Thai Netizen Network calls for changes to the Computer Crime Act « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] indicate a given actor’s intention? This was problematic in the case and conviction of Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul last year, as one analysis on the New Mandala website of the  summary judgment statement in her [...]

27 02 2011
Optimism on LM is not justified when human rights are not protected | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] at PPT are not at all sure that the recent events associated with the cases of Darunee Charnchoensilpakul and Chiranuch Premchaiporn are cause for the optimism suggested in Simon Roughneen’s article [...]

2 03 2011
Denying bail to dangerous opponents | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] first story is about the expected refusal of bail for lese majeste victim Darunee Charnchoensilpakul. On 1 March 2011, it is reported that the Appeals Court denied her bail application yet again, [...]

6 03 2011
Kasit at the U.N. Human Rights Council | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] opponents and exercises power through laws and courts that are politically biased (see here, here and here). While the regime recently released seven red shirt leaders on bail after X months [...]

28 08 2011
The Bangkok Post on lese majeste | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] to each charge. There are many on several charges who face many years more than this in jail. Darunee Charnchoensilpakul was sentenced to 18 years in jail on lese majeste charges on 28 August 2009. The trial, conducted [...]

8 09 2011
Da Torpedo’s brother arrested | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] has heard that the brother of Darunee Charnchoensilpakul (Da Torpedo) has been arrested. We have only seen one report of this so far, at Thai e-News. It is [...]

14 09 2011
New prison for political prisoners in Thailand?

[...] as well as the lived experience of Red Shirt detainees and lèse majesté prisoners, including Daranee Charnchoengsilpakul, would suggest that there Pirapan is incorrect on this [...]

15 10 2011
Timetable for lese majeste court cases | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Daranee Charncherngsilpakul [...]

16 10 2011
Hearing in Daranee Charnchoengsilpakul’s case tomorrow | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] 9 a.m. on Monday, 17 October 2011, the comment by the Constitutional Court on the case of Daranee Charnchoengsilpakul will be read and acted upon in the Criminal Court on Ratchadaphisek Road in [...]

17 10 2011
Da Torpedo in court « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] a long report in the Bangkok Post regarding lese majeste victim Darunee Charnchoensilpakul (Da Torpedo)’s appearance in court where the Criminal Court read out the Constitution [...]

9 12 2011
US citizen sentenced to prison for insulting Thailand royalty « Douglas Dunning

[...] or insulting the royal family. Judge Prommat Toosang ordered [Reuters report] that the trial of Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul [advocacy website] be closed for national security reasons. AI’s Asia-Pacific director Sam [...]

7 01 2012
Darunee to continue the fight « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Prachatai it is reported that lese majeste victim Darunee Charnchoensilpakul, recently sentenced to 15 years jail after three years awaiting a verdict, will continue her brave [...]

20 01 2012
Lese majeste victims threaten hunger strike « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] strike “threat was conveyed to the Corrections Department by Surachai Daneattananusorn, Daranee “Da Torpedo” Chanrncherngsilapakul, Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, and Ampon Tangnoppakul, among [...]

20 01 2012
Lese majeste victims threaten hunger strike « Political Prisoners of Thailand's Blog

[...] hunger strike “threat was conveyed to the Corrections Department by Surachai Daneattananusorn, Daranee “Da Torpedo” Chanrncherngsilapakul, Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, and Ampon Tangnoppakul, among [...]

23 01 2012
Lèse majesté prisoners threaten hunger strike over new prison-PPT « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[...] hunger strike “threat was conveyed to the Corrections Department by Surachai Daneattananusorn, Daranee “Da Torpedo” Chanrncherngsilapakul, Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, and Ampon Tangnoppakul, among [...]

12 02 2012
Tai’s hunger protest for Somyos « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] those charged with lese majeste are denied one or more of these provisions. Indeed, in the case of Darunee Charnchoensilpakul, a closed trial was initially held and demonstrating that both lese majeste and the judiciary are [...]

12 02 2012
Tai’s hunger protest for Somyos « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] those charged with lese majeste are denied one or more of these provisions. Indeed, in the case of Darunee Charnchoensilpakul, a closed trial was initially held and demonstrating that both lese majeste and the judiciary are [...]

6 03 2012
Free the political prisoners! « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] The letter is planned to be “signed by eight lèse majesté convicts and defendants including Surachai himself. The others are Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, Joe Gordon, Sathian Rattanawong, Wanchai Saetan, Nat Sattayapornpisut, Suchart Nakbangsai and Darunee Charnchoensilpakul. [...]

7 03 2012
Free the political prisoners! « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] The letter is planned to be “signed by eight lèse majesté convicts and defendants including Surachai himself. The others are Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, Joe Gordon, Sathian Rattanawong, Wanchai Saetan, Nat Sattayapornpisut, Suchart Nakbangsai and Darunee Charnchoensilpakul. [...]

8 03 2012
Da Torpedo and International Women’s Day « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] current attention to women fighting against oppression, PPT takes this opportunity to remember that Darunee Charnchoensilpakul (Da Torpedo) is languishing in a Thai jail, convicted under the country’s draconian and [...]

8 03 2012
Da Torpedo and International Women’s Day « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] current attention to women fighting against oppression, PPT takes this opportunity to remember that Darunee Charnchoensilpakul (Da Torpedo) is languishing in a Thai jail, convicted under the country’s draconian and highly [...]

9 03 2012
Updated: Da Torpedo and International Women’s Day | Thai Alliance for Human Rights

[...] attention to women fighting against oppression, PPT takes this opportunity to remember that Darunee Charnchoensilpakul (Da Torpedo) is languishing in a Thai jail, convicted under the country’s draconian and highly [...]

16 03 2012
Darunee again refused bail « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] latest application by Darunee Charnchoensilpakul or Da Torpedo is reported in The Nation and, as expected, the Appeals Court “confirmed the [...]

16 03 2012
Darunee again refused bail « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] latest application by Darunee Charnchoensilpakul or Da Torpedo is reported in The Nation and, as expected, the Appeals Court “confirmed the lower [...]

23 03 2012
Free them! « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Nat Sattayapornpisut (4.5 years), Sathian Rattanawong (3 years), Wanchai Saetan (15 years) and Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul (15 [...]

23 03 2012
Free them! « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] Nat Sattayapornpisut (4.5 years), Sathian Rattanawong (3 years), Wanchai Saetan (15 years) and Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul (15 [...]

8 04 2012
More on banning films « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] too late when PPT thinks of, say, Somyos Prueksakasemsuk who has been caged for almost a year and Darunee Charnchoensilpakul, locked up for almost 4 years. Along with the many others charged, accused and jailed for lese [...]

8 04 2012
More on banning films « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] too late when PPT thinks of, say, Somyos Prueksakasemsuk who has been caged for almost a year and Darunee Charnchoensilpakul, locked up for almost 4 years. Along with the many others charged, accused and jailed for lese [...]

21 04 2012
Thailand Awaits Pivotal Verdict on Liability for Internet Intermediaries | GrassrootsHeadlines.com

[...] Joe Gordon, Sathian Rattanawong, Wanchai Saetan, Nat Sattayapornpisut, Suchart Nakbangsai and Darunee Charnchoensilpakul. Thai free speech activists say the letter could help pressure the government to reconsider their [...]

25 04 2012
HRW on lese majeste I « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] up on this, in its 2008 country report, HRW notes charges against Jakrapob Penkair and Darunee Charnchoensilpakul, putting the charges in a category of limiting freedom of expression, and noting, again, that [...]

25 04 2012
HRW on lese majeste I « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] up on this, in its 2008 country report, HRW notes charges against Jakrapob Penkair and Darunee Charnchoensilpakul, putting the charges in a category of limiting freedom of expression, and noting, again, that [...]

5 05 2012
Journalists everywhere waiting for Chiranuch’s verdict-EFF « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[...] Joe Gordon, Sathian Rattanawong, Wanchai Saetan, Nat Sattayapornpisut, Suchart Nakbangsai and Darunee Charnchoensilpakul. Thai free speech activists say the letter could help pressure the government to reconsider their [...]

10 05 2012
Royal law and lese majeste law « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] remains clear that prison conditions in Thailand remain horrendous and that there are certain women prisoners who are singled out for especially horrid treatment and denied even their constitutional rights. [...]

10 05 2012
Royal law and lese majeste law « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] remains clear that prison conditions in Thailand remain horrendous and that there are certain women prisoners who are singled out for especially horrid treatment and denied even their constitutional rights. [...]

14 05 2012
Darunee is not forgotten « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Darunee Charnchoensilpakul [...]

14 05 2012
Darunee is not forgotten « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] weeks ago, PPT posted that Joe Gordon is not forgotten. Today we affirm that Darunee Charnchoensilpakul is not forgotten. A Matichon [...]

15 05 2012
The Royal judge-PPT « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[...] remains clear that prison conditions in Thailand remain horrendous and that there are certain women prisoners who are singled out for especially horrid treatment and denied even their constitutional rights. [...]

15 05 2012
The truth that cannot be spoken « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Darunee Charnchoensilpakul [...]

15 05 2012
The truth that cannot be spoken « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] so too were the convictions of other lese majeste victims. Let us mention just two: Darunee Charnchoensilpakul and Joe Gordon. Darunee was taken to a closed court for a secret trial and, beyond all reason and [...]

24 05 2012
No political prisoners in Thailand? « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Darunee Charnchoensilpakul [...]

25 05 2012
Updated: No political prisoners in Thailand? « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] the U.S. State Department check their sources of information. Why not ask Somyos Pruksakasemsuk, Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul, or Joe Gordon if there are political prisoners in Thailand? If they read this site or Prachatai, [...]

25 05 2012
US govt report says no political prisoners in Thailand!-PPT « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[...] the U.S. State Department check their sources of information. Why not ask Somyos Pruksakasemsuk, Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul, or Joe Gordon if there are political prisoners in Thailand? If they read this site or Prachatai, [...]

26 05 2012
Lese majeste prisoners hospitalized « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Darunee Charnchoensilpakul [...]

26 05 2012
Lese majeste prisoners hospitalized « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] lese majeste convict Darunee Charnchoensilpakul has [...]

27 05 2012
Lese majeste prisoners hospitalized-PPT « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[...] lese majeste convict Darunee Charnchoensilpakul has [...]

3 06 2012
Constitutional Court affirms its politicization « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Darunee Charnchoensilpakul [...]

3 06 2012
Constitutional Court affirms its politicization « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] even for the military’s constitution, is the ludicrous decision on the constitutionality of Darunee Charnchoensilpakul’s secret 2009 trial on lese [...]

3 06 2012
3 06 2012
Updated: Constitutional Court affirms its politics « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] even for the military’s constitution, is the ludicrous decision on the constitutionality of Darunee Charnchoensilpakul’s secret 2009 trial on lese [...]

9 06 2012
Recalling regicide « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Darunee Charnchoensilpakul [...]

9 06 2012
Recalling regicide « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] to mention it is another of those “sensitivities” that may not be spoken of. If one does speak, it can land you in jail for a very long [...]

24 06 2012
Recalling the death of King Ananda-PPT « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[...] to mention it is another of those “sensitivities” that may not be spoken of. If one does speak, it can land you in jail for a very long [...]

25 06 2012
Prayuth wants secret trials « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Darunee Charnchoensilpakul [...]

25 06 2012
Prayuth wants secret trials « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] a scrap of paper was proved by the Constitutional Court during the various lese majeste trials that Darunee Charnchoensilpakul had to [...]

28 06 2012
Prayuth wants secret trials-PPT « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[...] a scrap of paper was proved by the Constitutional Court during the various lese majeste trials that Darunee Charnchoensilpakul had to [...]

11 07 2012
Sondhi, Jatuporn and the courts « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Darunee Charnchoensilpakul [...]

11 07 2012
Sondhi, Jatuporn and the courts « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] red shirt mentioned in this case is Darunee Charnchoensilpakul. She’s already serving 15 years, having been sentenced first in August 2009 and again in December [...]

20 08 2012
Who’s “afraid of girls”? « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Darunee Charnchoensilpakul [...]

20 08 2012
Who’s “afraid of girls”? « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] the comparison a little further, think of the fear of Darunee Charnchoensilpakul (and several other women) and the “threat” she apparently posed to the monarchy and the world [...]

21 08 2012
Sondhi and lese majeste « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Darunee Charnchoensilpakul [...]

21 08 2012
Sondhi and lese majeste « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] the next few days. He is accused of repeating excerpts of a speech by red shirt political activist Darunee Charnchoensilpakul that has seen her sentenced to 15 years in jail following sham [...]

23 08 2012
Lese majeste prisoners « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Darunee Charnchoensilpakul [...]

24 08 2012
Lese majeste prisoners « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] if the prisoners are doing better now, as the report says, Darunee Charnchoensilpakul, “was still being beaten by some wardens” who “want to bully her.” It is the [...]

10 09 2012
A lese majeste update « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Darunee Charnchoensilpakul [...]

10 09 2012
A lese majeste update « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] article begins by noting that Joe Gordon, Ampol Tangnopakul and Darunee Charnchoensilpakul were each sentenced in late 2011. For those who forget these things, those sentences all came after [...]

26 09 2012
Sondhi cleared of lese majeste « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Darunee Charnchoensilpakul [...]

26 09 2012
Sondhi cleared of lese majeste « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] in 2008 when he was demanding that the police bring lese majeste charges against political opponent Darunee Charnchoensilpakul. [...]

28 11 2012
Darunee abandoned by government « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Darunee Charnchoensilpakul [...]

28 11 2012
Darunee abandoned by government « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] it has been revealed that someone in government thought for a brief moment about assisting Darunee Charnchoensilpakul, but that a political decision was made to let her stay in [...]

31 12 2012
Persons of the year « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Darunee Charnchoensilpakul [...]

31 12 2012
Persons of the year « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] prisoners – Ampol Tangnopakul and Wanchai Raksanguansilp – died in 2012 while incarcerated.  Darunee Charnchoensilpakul has been  jailed since 22 July [...]

21 01 2013
Four years of PPT « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Darunee Charnchoensilpakul [...]

21 01 2013
Four years of PPT « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] government, but we hope that we can keep going until every political prisoner is out of jail. With Darunee Charnchoensilpakul serving a massive 15 years, we could be at it for a long time to [...]

28 01 2013
Right royal company « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Darunee Charnchoensilpakul [...]

28 01 2013
Right royal company « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] the courts handing out enormous sentences for, say, words unspoken, fictional accounts of royals or political speeches. As we browsed accounts of Thai-style democracy here and here, we wondered if The Economist last [...]

28 02 2013
Lese majeste in the south | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] noted in the report, the only previously known in-camera lese majeste trial was that of Darunee Charnchoensilpakul. In that case, the court “gave national security as the reason for the closed-door [...]

28 02 2013
Lese majeste in the south «Political Prisoners of Thailand Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] noted in the report, the only previously known in-camera lese majeste trial was that of Darunee Charnchoensilpakul. In that case, the court “gave national security as the reason for the closed-door [...]

4 06 2013
Thailand Awaits Pivotal Verdict on Liability for Internet Intermediaries » ChrisInMaryville's Blog

[…] Joe Gordon, Sathian Rattanawong, Wanchai Saetan, Nat Sattayapornpisut, Suchart Nakbangsai and Darunee Charnchoensilpakul. Thai free speech activists say the letter could help pressure the government to reconsider their […]

13 06 2013
Darunee’s lese majeste appeal fails | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] It was the so-called People’s Alliance for Democracy and its supporters who originally brought media attention to her speech at an anti-coup rally, baying for Darunee’s incarceration on lese majeste charges. Repeatedly refused bail and dragged through secret trials and a series of appeals, the royalist courts have repeatedly made it clear that Darunee is to be punished. Readers can see the details of royal and royalist retribution here. […]

13 06 2013
Darunee’s lese majeste appeal fails | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] It was the so-called People’s Alliance for Democracy and its supporters who originally brought media attention to her speech at an anti-coup rally, baying for Darunee’s incarceration on lese majeste charges. Repeatedly refused bail and dragged through secret trials and a series of appeals, the royalist courts have repeatedly made it clear that Darunee is to be punished. Readers can see the details of royal and royalist retribution here. […]

23 07 2013
News on Somyos and Surachai | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] these cases it is impossible to discern why it is that these two men – along with Darunee Charnchoensilpakul – have been selected for especially harsh punishment on lese majeste charges. PPT suspects it […]

23 07 2013
News on Somyos and Surachai | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] these cases it is impossible to discern why it is that these two men – along with Darunee Charnchoensilpakul – have been selected for especially harsh punishment on lese majeste charges. PPT suspects it is […]

25 07 2013
Da Torpedo to seek pardon | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] reports that long-serving lese majeste convict Darunee Charnchoensilpakul is to finally seek a […]

25 07 2013
Da Torpedo to seek pardon | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] reports that long-serving lese majeste convict Darunee Charnchoensilpakul is to finally seek a […]

15 10 2013
Lese what? Pandering to palace propaganda | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Human Rights Commission issued a very important open letter on the case of lese majeste convict Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul.  Addressed to this particular princess as the Director of the Kamlang jai Project at the Ministry […]

15 10 2013
Lese what? Pandering to palace propaganda | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Human Rights Commission issued a very important open letter on the case of lese majeste convict Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul.  Addressed to this particular princess as the Director of the Kamlang jai Project at the Ministry […]

17 11 2013
Strange decisions II | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] to the unusual circumstances of the present king’s brother’s death is cause for a lese majeste charge. But what about the attack on the monarchy by the People’s Party in 1932? Will historians […]

17 11 2013
Strange decisions II | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] to the unusual circumstances of the present king’s brother’s death is cause for a lese majeste charge. But what about the attack on the monarchy by the People’s Party in 1932? Will historians […]

5 12 2013
Lese majeste law a cruel farce | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] should not be forgotten that this law is above even the constitution when interpreted by the royalist courts. Despite the fact that this constitution was delivered by an undemocratic process and a […]

5 12 2013
Lese majeste law a cruel farce | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] should not be forgotten that this law is above even the constitution when interpreted by the royalist courts. Despite the fact that this constitution was delivered by an undemocratic process and a […]

21 01 2014
Five years of PPT | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] government, but we hope that we can keep going until every political prisoner is out of jail. With Darunee Charnchoensilpakul serving a massive 15 years, we could be at it for a long time to […]

21 01 2014
Five years of PPT | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] government, but we hope that we can keep going until every political prisoner is out of jail. With Darunee Charnchoensilpakul serving a massive 15 years, we could be at it for a long time to […]

23 03 2014
Don’t forget the lese majeste prisoners | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] a politically-inspired summons on lese majeste attended the protest, highlighting case like Somyos, Darunee Charncheonsilapakul, serving 15 years and in prison since 2008, and the death in jail of lese majeste prisoner Ampol […]

23 03 2014
Don’t forget the lese majeste prisoners | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] a politically-inspired summons on lese majeste attended the protest, highlighting case like Somyos, Darunee Charncheonsilapakul, serving 15 years and in prison since 2008, and the death in jail of lese majeste prisoner Ampol […]

20 04 2014
Bookseller escapes lese majeste | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] in fact, breach the law, something they have done several times in cases involving, for example, Darunee Charnchoensilpakul and Somyos […]

20 04 2014
Bookseller escapes lese majeste | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] in fact, breach the law, something they have done several times in cases involving, for example, Darunee Charnchoensilpakul and Somyos […]

23 07 2014
REMEMBER DARUNEE | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Now in jail for six years, Darunee is essentially held at the king’s pleasure. Her case is outlined here. […]

21 09 2014
Lese majeste and the degradation of the rule of law | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] amongst the plethora of convictions and continuing cases, two of the most egregious are those of Darunee Charnchoensilpakul and  Somyos Prueksakasemsuk. In both cases, the law has been used and abused in order to lock up […]

21 09 2014
Lese majeste and the degradation of the rule of law | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] amongst the plethora of convictions and continuing cases, two of the most egregious are those of Darunee Charnchoensilpakul and  Somyos Prueksakasemsuk. In both cases, the law has been used and abused in order to lock up […]




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