Two Thai hunger striking activists held on remand granted bail
Two monarchy reform activists, being held on remand and who have been on a hunger strike since June 2nd, were granted conditional release on bail by the Bangkok South Criminal Court today (Thursday) and are set to be released tonight, according to a Thai Lawyers for Human Rights’ (TLHR).
The two members of the Thalu Wang group, 26-year-old Netiporn Sanesangkhom and 20-year-old Nutthanit Duangmusit, were released on 200,000 bail each, on the condition that they will not leave their residences between 7pm and 6am, do not leave the country, do not take part in activities which previously resulted in them being charged and report to the court every 30 days.
According to TLHR, the two activists have been on hunger strike for 64 days in protest against their pre-trial detention at Central Women’s Correctional Institute. Netiporn has lost 15kgs while Nutthanit lost 7kgs.
The two were sent to the Central Women’s Correctional Institute to be held on remand after the Criminal Court revoked their bail on May 3rd. They are facing lèse majesté charges for conducting an opinion survey about royal motorcades in February.
On August 1st, a group of pro-democracy activists rallied in front of the Supreme Court to demand their release.
According to TLHR and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), more than 200 people in Thailand were detained and charged on lèse majesté charges between November 2020 and June this year.