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#Breaking🚨 Inhuman Court Ruling in Thailand: Pro-democracy activist 'Bas' sentenced to 50 years in jail for Facebook posts on monarchy! #Abolish112 #NoLèseMajesté!

#Breaking 🚨 Is posting on #facebook about the Monarchy a crime worth 50 years in jail? In #Thailand, the Appeal Court seems to think so as it sentenced Bas, a Youth #democracy activist from Chiangrai to this punishment, claiming he violated #Section112. This is the longest, harshest & most cruel sentence EVER under #ม112

❌ it’s CRUEL

❌ It violates #FreedomOfExpression

⚖️ Details: The Thai Appeal Court just sentenced Bas to additional 22 years in jail, accusing him of defaming the Monarchy under #Section112 for Facebook posts! The Appeal Court found that Bas committed 11 additional counts of royal defamation, each condemnable to 3 years in prison. The sentence was reduced to 22 years for cooperation.

Combined with Bas' previous sentence of 28 years in jail, ruled by the Court of First Instance in January 2023, criminalizing him under #112 and #CCA for posting 27 videos of the monarchy on Facebook, Bas is now condemned to a total of 50 years in jail!!!

As of 31st December 2023, data from TLHR reveals that 1,938 individuals have faced legal prosecution related to political involvement and expression since the beginning of the Free Youth protests in July 2020. Among them, at least 262 individuals are facing charges under Section 112, commonly known as lèse-majesté, and 195 individuals have been accused under the Computer Crime Act (CCA).

#StopDigitalDictatorship ✊ Manushya Foundation stands in solidarity with all pro-democracy activists, protesters, and human rights defenders in demanding TRUE democracy and reform of the monarchy.

📢 We vehemently condemn the abusive use of the lèse-majesté law to crack down on critics and activists. We call on the Thai government to respect its international human rights obligations on the right to freedom of expression and information, laid down in article 19 of the UDHR and ICCPR. It must comply with the UPR recommendations on freedom of expression, including the revision of section 112, which it received during its 3rd UPR cycle.

Read about Bas' previous case on our website ⤵️

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