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Lawsuit (SLAPP)

6 Dec 2019

Puttanee Kangkun - Fortify Rights

Status: ONGOING

Date lawsuit was filed
6 Dec 2019
Date accuracy
All Correct
Puttanee Kangkun
Criminal
Female
Fortify Rights
Human rights group
Lawsuits: SLAPPs
Legal claims: Defamation
Amount of damages: $89.223
Amount of damages (local currency): 2.8 million Thai Baht
Lawsuit Brought By: Company
Target: Individual
Location of Filing: Thailand
Location of Incident: Thailand
Thammakaset 2 Thailand Agriculture & livestock Company Response

Sources

Ms. Puttanee Kangkun, a Senior Human Rights Specialist with the NGO Fortify Rights, published 14 social media posts (three tweets, nine retweets, and two Facebook posts) between January 25 and September 17, 2019, expressing support to fellow human rights defenders - including Ms. Sutharee Wannasiri, Mr. Nan Win, and Ms. Ngamsuk Ruttanasatian - involved in criminal and civil defamation cases regarding labour rights abuses committed by the Thai poultry company Thammakaset Co., Ltd. On December 6, 2019, Thammakaset filed a criminal complaint for “defamation” (Article 326 of the Thai Criminal Code) and “libel” (Article 328) with the Bangkok Southern Criminal Court against Ms. Puttanee Kangkun over her 14 social media posts. If prosecuted and convicted under these charges, Ms. Puttanee Kangkun could face up to 28 years in prison and a fine of up to 2.8 million Thai Baht (approximately 81,500 Euros). A preliminary hearing was held on March 2, 2020. The court adjourned it to June 8, 2020, due to the coronavirus outbreak