Thailand: Southern Peasants’ Federation wins court case after thirteen years | Welcome developments

On 19 March 2021, after thirteen years, the land rights defenders of the Southern Peasants’ Federation of Thailand (SPFT) won an verdict from the Thai Administrative Court ordering the Department of Land and its affiliated authorities to revoke title deeds for 23 plots that have been unlawfully … [Read more...]

Thailand’s SLAPP suits against defenders: One acquittal and one case dropped | Update

Full PDF (ENG) In Thailand, people who report human rights abuses are regularly subjected to criminal defamation charges. During the last week of October, 2020, Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) welcomed developments in two of Thailand’s well-known cases of Strategic Litigation Against … [Read more...]

Thailand: EU should require Thailand’s commitment to human rights conditions prior to restarting EU-Thailand Trade Agreement negotiations | Joint Letter

Full PDF (ENG) Full PDF (Thai) Valdis Dombrovskis Executive Vice-President European Commission Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat 200 1049 Brussels Belgium October 28, 2020 Dear Mr. Dombrovskis, We, the undersigned companies and organisations, are aware that the European Union may … [Read more...]

Thailand: Sufficient Progress Not Made to Warrant Tier 2 Ranking for Thailand in US Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report 2020

Full PDF (ENG) Sufficient progress not made to warrant Tier 2 ranking for Thailand in TIP Report 2020 Seafood Working Group responds to Trafficking in Persons Report 2020 World Day against Human Trafficking July 30, 2020 The U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) … [Read more...]

Thailand: Dismissal of criminal defamation cases against human rights defenders Ms. Sutharee Wannasiri and Mr. Nan Win | Update

On 8 June 2020, the Bangkok Criminal Court in Thailand dismissed charges of criminal defamation brought by Thai poultry company Thammakaset Co., Ltd, (Thammakaset) against human rights defenders Ms. Sutharee Wannasiri and Mr. Nan Win. LRWC welcomes the dismissal of these charges. Thammakaset has 30 … [Read more...]

Thailand government must end judicial harassment against woman/human rights defenders | Press Release | Joint Letter

Full PDF Letter (ENG) | Full PDF letter (Thai) June 7, 2020 Thailand government must end judicial harassment against woman/human rights defenders Immediate release Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada is among 53 groups and 23 individuals urging the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights and … [Read more...]

Thailand: ICJ and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada intervene in criminal defamation proceeding against Thai journalist Suchanee Rungmuanporn (Cloitre) | Amicus Brief

Full Amicus Brief (English) | Full Amicus Brief (Thai) On 27 April 2020, Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) submitted a joint amicus curiae brief to Thailand’s Court of Appeal in the appeal from conviction for criminal defamation of journalist, Ms. … [Read more...]

Laos & Thailand: Investigate enforced disappearances of Sombath Somphone and Od Sayavong | Joint Statement

Civil society groups urge Laos, Thailand to investigate enforced disappearances, reveal fate of Sombath Somphone and Od Sayavong 15 December 2019: On the seventh anniversary of the enforced disappearance of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, we, the undersigned organizations, urge the Lao … [Read more...]

Thailand: Ensure truth, justice, and reparations for victims of enforced disappearance | Written Statement to the UN Human Rights Council

Link to document on UN site Full written statement .pdf Joint written statement* submitted by Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada, non-governmental organization in special consultative status, and Asian Legal Resource Centre, non-government organization in general consultative status Thai Lawyers … [Read more...]

New Lawsuits Brought by Thammakaset Company Limited Against Human Rights Defenders | Joint Letter

See LRWC press release | See full .pdf letter February 14, 2019 Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha Office of the Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office Royal Thai Government Government House 1 Pitsanulok Road Dusit, Bangkok 10300 Thailand RE: New Lawsuits Brought by … [Read more...]