Thailand: YARPTI frowns at suspension on TV station for criticizing Army

The Youths for Human Rights Protection strongly  condemn the 27 March 2017 National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) order suspending VOICE TV’s license to operate for seven days starting midnight on Tuesday. YARPTI sees the  shutdown of VOICE TV  as an  attack on freedom of opinion, which is the inviolable component of the right to free expression. Press freedom guarantees […]

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Thailand:Urgent Action Update: Activists Could Be Charged For Exposing Torture (Thailand: UA 145/16)

A decision by the Public Prosecutor on whether to prosecute three human rights defenders on criminal defamation and computer crimes in connection with their online documentation of torture in Thailand is expected imminently. The charges carry a maximum penalty of seven years’ imprisonment plus fines of up to 300,000 baht (US $8,330). The group are to report to Pattani Police […]

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Thailand: Reopen Case of ‘Disappeared’ Activist

Thai authorities should immediately reopen the investigation into the enforced disappearance of a prominent ethnic Karen activist who went missing nearly three years ago, Human Rights Watch said today. On January 16, 2017, the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) of the Ministry of Justice ended its investigation for Porlajee Rakchongcharoen, known as Billy, who was last seen in government custody […]

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