Stop proceedings of Mr. Anon Nampha and Mr. Phanuphong Jardnork,
and protect peaceful and unarmed assembly
A political assembly of the Liberation Youth Group on July 18, 2020, in Bangkok with three-point demands to the government to stop threatening people who come out to express their rights and liberty according to democratic principle, draft a new constitution based on the people’s will, and dissolve the parliament, led to other assemblies that continuously took place in many education institutes and public places in the provinces around Thailand to support those demands.
Students and the people involved in the assemblies, however, were threatened and harassed both openly and secretly by military personnel, police officers, teachers/lecturers and administrators of concerned education institutes. On August 7, 2020, police officers restrained Mr. Anon Nampha, a lawyer from the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, and Mr. Phanuphong Jardnork, a leader of the Eastern Youth for Democracy according to an arrest warrant of Samranrat Police Station with eight charges specified including encouraging provocative actions according to Section 116 of the Criminal Code and assembling ten people or more according to Section 215 of the Criminal Code because they were leaders who organized assembly around Monument of Democracy on July 18, 2020.
Union for Civil Liberty (UCL) sees that organizing an assembly to demand the government to stop threatening the people, dissolve the parliament and amend the Constitution is a right of the people to participate in the democratic governmental regime and is a democratic expression because they express their freedom of peaceful and unarmed assembly recognized in Section 45 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand B.E.2560 (2017) that officials of the state and government have a duty to protect and safeguard. In addition, the Thai government must comply to the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) of which Thailand is a state party.
Union for Civil Liberty therefore demands the government and its related agencies to take the following actions:
Union for Civil Liberty
8th August 2020