Angkhana Neelapaijit, Anchana Heemina to testify
On 10 May 2022, two of Thailand’s most renowned women human rights defenders, Angkhana Neelapaijit and Anchana Heemina, testified in a lawsuit accusing the government and the military of misinformation at Ratchada Civil Court. Witness testimonies will be heard until the 17th.
In November 2020, they filed a lawsuit against the Prime Minister’s Office as the supervisory agency of ISOC and the Royal Thai Army who they accused of using taxpayers money in the preparation and dissemination of misinformation via the website Pulony.blogspot.com in response to their work in the Deep South. They seek a public apology and compensation for the damage caused.
Angkhana is a former National Human Rights Commissioner (NHRCT) and was recently appointed a human rights expert for the UN Working Group on Involuntary Enforced Disappearance. Anchana is the founder of the Duay Jai organisation and a former member of the National Human Rights Sub-Committee in the Southern Border Provinces.
The court date was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic but will now resume with court appearances by others who also filed lawsuits throughout the month of May.
You can read our profile of Anchana Heemina here
Source: The Story of แม่หญิงไฟ้ท์