On 3 March 2021, Thai singer, anti-governing administration activist and member of the band Bottom Blues, Chaiamorn Kaewwiboonpan was arrested on lèse majesté charges pursuing the arrest warrants issued a day earlier in opposition to three persons suspected of burning a portrait of His Majesty the King in Bangkok on 28 February, reported The Thaiger.
“Arresting Chaiamorn ‘Ammy’ Kaewwiboonpan for his activism is an illegitimate restriction of freedom of expression violating Thailand’s authorized obligations less than global laws these types of as the ICCPR and ICESCR,” stated Dr Srirak Plipat, Freemuse Executive Director. “We call on the Thai authorities to promptly release Chaiamorn Kaewwiboonpan from detention and fall all fees that may well be charged from him. Thailand ought to adhere to intercontinental laws and deliver artists and individuals with room to freely express on their own, which includes when their viewpoints disagree or criticise the govt or its actions.”
Ammy’s arrest is stressing in the mild of the Condition of Inventive Liberty 2021 report, in which Freemuse raised concern above detentions and repercussions against artists in Thailand, particularly when they participate in political protests.
The artist has been arrested for alleged arson and violation of the Criminal Code Portion 112 prohibiting insulting the royal relatives, a crime punishable with up to 15 yrs in prison and the Computer Crime Act. Ammy’s mother proposed a bail of 90,000 Thai baht (approximately 2,450 euros), but the court denied it on the grounds of a likelihood of escape.
In accordance to Bangkok Publish, the singer was arrested in relation to a protest organised outside a Bangkok jail on 28 February to support four customers of a youth-led protest movement who are held there over responses about the royal family for the duration of demonstrations in 2020.
Ammy confessed to burning the royal portrait in a assertion revealed on Fb, saying it was a “silly idea” and highlighting the hidden, symbolic that means powering the burning of the portrait.
Freemuse calls for the fast launch of Chaiamorn “Ammy” Kaewwiboonpan from detention and fallping all expenses that could be billed against the artist.