(BANGKOK, April 12, 2022)—On April 12, 2022, the U.S. Department of State 2021 Country Report on Human Rights Practices for Thailand highlighted the continued judicial harassment by Thammakaset against human rights defender Angkhana Neelapaijit. Specifically, the report reads:
Since 2016, Thammakaset has brought at least 37 complaints against 23 human rights defenders. In the two remaining cases, Angkhana Neelapaijit, Fortify Rights Senior Human Rights Specialist Puttanee Kangkun, and former Fortify Rights Communications Associate Thanaporn Saleephol face several counts of criminal defamation, which includes a penalty of imprisonment if convicted.
Fortify Rights has consistently advocated for an end to this case and others brought by Thammakaset against human rights defenders, including through more than 30 publications and 20 private meetings and communications with government officials and members of the diplomatic communnity. Fortify Rights has also provided regular support to human rights defenders facing judicial harassment by Thammakaset, including by securing more than US$50,000 in emergency relief grants to cover their legal expenses, court administrative fees, and personal expenses of the affected human rights defenders.