Groups seek court ruling on constitutionality of NCPO order

Representatives of seven groups of people submitted a petition to the Constitutional Court on Tuesday (Dec 19) asking it to rule whether an order issued by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) in 2015 is in violation of the constitution regarding the people’s rights and liberties.

The petition is about two items number 6  and 12 of NCPO Order 3/2015.

Item No 6 empowers the authorities to detain people for a period of up to seven days without a court warrant.  Item No 12 prohibits the gathering of more than five people at a time for political activities.

The people’s representatives, led by Rangsiman Rome, a student activist, want the Constitutional Court to rule whether the NCPO order violates Sections 26 and 44 of the constitution regarding the rights and liberties of people under the constitution.

The seven groups of people include a group of students and activists who were detained for organising an activity at the the Bangkok Arts Gallery on May 22, 2015; a group of workers of a law centre for human rights who were detained for observing activities at Khon Kaen University; and, a group of activists who were detained while taking a train ride to check an alleged corruption at the Rajabhakti Park in Prachuap Khiri Khan.