The politically persecuted

19 03 2023

Thai Lawyers for Human Rights has provided an update on political persecution by the current regime.

It begins:

Two months into the new year as Thailand is gearing towards a general election, over a hundred cases related to political expression and assemblies are still set to go to trial. In the past month, at least six new lèse-majesté cases have been reportedly initiated, while six cases related to the protests in 2020 – 2021 have been dismissed by the court….

According to TLHR statistics, at least 1,895 people in 1,180 cases have been charged and/or prosecuted due to their political participation and expression since the beginning of the “Free Youth” protest on 18 July 2020 until 28 February 2023.

Among this number are 211 cases involving 284 children and youths under 18 years old, including 41 below 15 years old and 243 between 15 – 18 years old.



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