Lese majeste and protecting the king

According to the Bangkok Post, the “United Nations Human Rights Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR) has urged the government to stop the practice of arbitrary detention of political activists, and to immediately release people recently charged with criticising authorities.”

The OHCHR referred “to the detention of human rights lawyer Prawet Prapanukul and Danai Tibsuya, 34, a beer company employee, along with four other individuals.”

Laurent Meillan, the acting Regional Representative declared: “I am concerned at the sharp increase in the use of the lese-majeste law after the 2014 coup, with more than 70 people detained or convicted…”.

We suspect he’s pushing a heavy barrow uphill now that the military dictatorship finds itself having to cover-up for the errant King Vajiralongkorn.

Reports suggest that the junta is becoming irritated by the king’s orders and demands.


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