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Anon Nampa

HRD & Human Rights Lawyer
Thai Lawyers for Human Rights

Anon Nampa is a human rights lawyer and works with Thai Lawyers for Human Rights. TLHR was established in 2014 to provide legal assistance to alleged lèse-majesté violators and activists targeted by the authorities following the 22 May military coup. Anon Nampa has defended numerous individuals accused of lèse-majesté under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, including the jailed human rights defender Jatupat Boonpattararaksa. He has also defended anti-junta activists. He starred in two music videos against the junta produced by Resistance Citizen: Chup Yoei Chan-o-cha (satire on junta’s leader) and Yang Ni Tong Ti Khao (campaigning against the junta’s draft charter).

After seizing power in a 2014 coup, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has maintained its grip on the country through an array of restrictive laws. The junta’s intolerance of dissenting opinions has resulted in a challenging climate for human rights defenders. Judicial harassment, which remains one of the most common tools to silence HRDs, has intensified, with defamation and other criminal and civil charges being brought against them. There are reports of surveillance of HRDs, both physical and online, intimidation, public smear campaigns and threats. A number of events, including the launching of human rights reports, have been disrupted and public gatherings banned. HRDs also face physical assaults, arbitrary detention and extrajudicial killings.