Amnesty pleased with the acquittal of pro-democracy activists who took to the street to demand prompt elections, hoping it will be legal precedence for other ongoing cases

20 September 2019

Amnesty International Thailand

As the Criminal Court decides today to dismiss a legal case against six pro-democracy activists and members of the “We Want Elections” Group (RDN50 case) as a result of their public demonstrations in November 2018 to demand prompt elections.


Piyanut Kotsan, Director of Amnesty International Thailand has this to say;


“Amnesty International Thailand congratulates the six activists who should be commended for their bravery to exercise their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly prescribed in the Constitution.”


“The court decision to dismiss sedition charges pursuant to the Penal Code’s Section 116 this time attests to respect in the exercise of the rights and freedoms as provided for in the Constitution and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to which Thailand is a state party.”


“Amnesty fervently hopes the verdict based on respect of human rights like in this case would set legal precedence which shall be applied to other ongoing cases being filed as a result of the peaceful exercise of the rights and freedoms by other dissenters”.