Pakistan Press Foundation is concerned over the arrest of Jatupat (Pai) Boonphatthararaksa

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand has expressed concern over the arrest of the Jatupat (Pai) Boonphatthararaksa under law for lese majeste (insulting the monarchy), currently under trial in a local court

PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter urged the government of Thailand to revoke case against Jatupat as it is against freedom of speech.

According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), Thai Jatupat Boonphatthararaksa, who is a student and a member associated with the Dao Din Movement and the New Democracy Movement (NDM), was arrested on December 3, 2016.

According to HRW, Jatupat was blamed under lese majeste offense under article 112 of the Criminal Code and violation of the Computer Crimes Act for posting against Thailand’s new monarch, King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, on his Facebook page. BBC Thai language service published a profile on December 2, 2016.

Thai authorities blocked Jatupat article in Thailand. Thai authorities had arrested Jatupat only, although article was shared by more than 2800 people.