Jaran Ditapichai

JaranThe military dictatorship charged former Human Rights Commissioner Jaran Ditapichai under Article 112 on 26 August 2014.

This is not unexpected. The dictatorial junta have long wanted to punish Jaran for his political activism. Indeed, since the 2014 military coup, the regime has filed four charges against him. He is charged with lese majeste and defying the junta’s order to report to the military. More revealing are the charges that Jaran breached the Emergency Decree during the red-shirt mass protest in 2010. Yes, that’s four years ago. The final charge relates to the red shirt protest targeting Privy Councillor President and coup plotter General Prem Tinsulanonda in July 2007. Yes, that’s seven years ago.

Jaran fled Thailand and remains in exile in France. He states that he has been granted political asylum. In Europe, Jaran lobbies officials at various European Foreign Ministries, European parliamentarians, the United Nation’s Human Rights Council and the European Union on Thailand’s political predicament.

In late June 2015 it was reported that France had granted Jaran status as a political refugee.

Media reports on Jaran’s case:

Prachatai, 27 June 2015: “France grants refugee status to Thai political exiles

The Nation, 12 June 2015: “Red-shirt activist Jaran grateful France granted him political asylum

Prachatai, 4 June 2015: “Life for a Thai in exile: Jaran Ditapichai

Bangkok Post, 2 January 2015: “Red shirts send signal to the boss

Bangkok Post, 27 October 2014: “Lese majeste charge out of context

Prachatai, 16 October 2014: “Red-shirt leader charged with lèse majesté due to political play ‘The Wolf Bride’

7 responses

16 10 2014
Jaran charged with lese majeste | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] media has been saying that the military dictatorship was charging former Human Rights Commissioner Jaran Ditapichai under Article […]

28 06 2015
A refuge from the feudal law | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Chuichai or Aum Neko, Jaran Ditapichai and Somsak Jeamteerasakul are each reported to have been granted this status since their arrival in […]

28 06 2015
A refuge from the feudal law | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Chuichai or Aum Neko, Jaran Ditapichai and Somsak Jeamteerasakul are each reported to have been granted this status since their arrival in […]

9 11 2016
Jaran on the human rights abyss | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Jaran Ditapichai, from The Organisation of Free Thai for Human Rights and Democracy and a political exile in France, having fled lese majeste charges, has an article at EurActiv.com on human rights in Thailand. […]

9 11 2016
Jaran on the human rights abyss | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Jaran Ditapichai, from The Organisation of Free Thai for Human Rights and Democracy and a political exile in France, having fled lese majeste charges, has an article at EurActiv.com on human rights in Thailand. […]

10 11 2016
The lese majeste abyss | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] we posted on lese majeste exile Jaran Ditapichai‘s view that Thailand’s already dismal human rights situation is likely to get worse. […]

10 11 2016
The lese majeste abyss | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] we posted on lese majeste exile Jaran Ditapichai‘s view that Thailand’s already dismal human rights situation is likely to get worse. […]