Human Rights Watch said Wednesday that sedition charges for a Facebook photo expressing symbolic support for Thailand’s political opposition shows the military junta’s utter disregard for peaceful dissent.
The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) junta should immediately end its abusive use of the draconian sedition law against peaceful critics and dissenters, it said.
On Tuesday, authorities arrested 57-year-old Theerawan Charoensuk for posting her photo holding a red plastic bowl inscribed with Thai New Year greetings from former prime ministers Thaksin Shinawatra and Yingluck Shinawatra. Chiang Mai military court released Theerawan on Bt100,000 bail pending a military trail. If found guilty, she could face up to seven years in prison.