Complaint Filed Against Chadet Kaewsin
On 17 October 2016, human rights defenders Chadet Kaewsin and Sarayuth Ritthipin received a summons from the Chum Phae Police Station in Khon Kaen city, Isan region. They have been accused of libel and computer-related violations against government authorities.
Chadet Kaewsin a land rights defender and para legal who helps villagers of landless communities in Isan to gain access to legal services in order to defend their land rights. He is campaigning against the use of cabinet resolution on mapping of land location which will make his community lose their rights to land under the reforestry policy launched by NCPO since July 2014.
On 17 October 2016, human rights defenders Mr Chadet Kaewsin and Mr Sarayuth Ritthipin received a summons from the Chum Phae Police Station in Khon Kaen city, Isan region. They have been accused of libel and computer-related violations against government authorities.
On 17 October 2016, Chadet Kaewsin and Sarayuth Ritthipin received a summons from the Chum Phae Police Station in Khon Kaen. The summons regards a complaint that the 2nd Infantry Division, of the 8th Infantry Regiment filed against both human rights defenders on 3 October 2016. The complaint was lodged for two allegations. The first is for a libel offence and, the second is for ‘bringing into a computer system false or forged information, partly or as a whole’, under Thailand’s vague Computer Crimes Act. Chadet Kaewsin met the governor on 22 October 2016 and said that he did not write anything on facebook about the military. The governor said they will investigate this further.
On 4 and 5 August 2016, eight military officials of the 2nd Infantry Division, 8th Infantry Regiment, the Assistant to the District Chief Officer of Phu Pha Man and several police officers from the Chum Phae Police Station visited Chadet Kaewsin’s home in Ban Sam Phak Nam village in Khon Kaen. Chadet Kaewsin was not at home when the military and police officials came to visit. They told the mother that Chadet Kaewsin has written defamatory things against the military on his facebook. The officials asked to enter the house, but the human rights defender’s mother did not give them permission. The officials took multiple photos of Chadet Kaewsin’s house. The human rights defenders posted a news article about this visit on the E-san Land Reform News Agency website, titled “Military raided home asking to meet Phu Pha Man land activists”. The title of the news article was not written by Chadet Kaewsin.
Front Line Defenders is concerned by the judicial harassment of human rights defenders Chadet Kaewsin and Sarayuth Ritthipin, which it believes to be directly linked to their peaceful and legitimate work in defence of human rights.
Front Line Defenders urges the authorities in Thailand to:
1. Immediately withdraw the legal action against Chadet Kaewsin and Sarayuth Ritthipin as it is believed that it is solely motivated by their legitimate and peaceful work in defence of human rights;
2. Guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders in Thailand are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions.