A PROTEST leader and a team of human rights lawyers this morning (Oct. 29) filed a lawsuit against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Defence Forces Chief Gen. Chalermpol Srisawad for issuing announcements limiting the freedom of assembly while also asking for temporary protection of a rally planned to take place on Sunday Oct. 31, Siam Rath and Matichon newspapers said.
Ms. Panusaya Sitthichirawattanakul, or Rung, together with Mr. Seksit Yamsanguansak and his team of human lawyers also displayed a large vinyl banner with the complete text of the document they are presenting to the court today.
Seksit said his team is representing the people in submitting a request for the revocation of Section 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations B.E. 2548 (2005) (No. 15), Article 3, that prohibits gatherings on claims of preventing the spread of the pandemic but this limiting the fundamental right of freedom of assembly guaranteed in the constitution.
Rung said she hoped the court would approve their request and allow an emergency hearing on the case and issue a protection order for the rally at Ratchaprasong intersection on Sunday Oct. 31.
Rung and Seksit, accompanied by his team of human rights lawyers, display their banner with the text of their lawsuit printed on it at Ratchada Civil Court this morning. Top photo: Siam Rath, Home Page photo: Matichon