Tag Archives: constitutional referendum

Updated: Lese majeste punishment

In a recent post, PPT commented on the delays to lese majeste trials where defendants refuse to plead guilty. We said this as a form of torture. In addition to strenuous efforts to force defendants to plead guilty, those who don’t see their trials dragged out for years, while they remain in jail. A report […]

No internet freedom

Thailand remained a black hole for internet freedom in 2016. Freedom House reports that the key developments have been: In August, voters approved a referendum on a draft constitution that would weaken political parties, strengthen unelected bodies, and entrench the military’s presence in politics. Authorities placed severe restrictions on free expression ahead of the vote, […]

An illegitimate constitution

In a nasty reminder that the 2017 constitution was born of the military junta and is its construction of the political and legal rules, Wichan Phuwihan was sentenced by the Ubon Ratchathani Provincial Court to six months in prison and a 30,000 baht fine for having “attempted to dissuade people from voting in the referendum […]

Sanctioning and campaigning II

In an earlier post, we mentioned the case of a military court having accepted a case against several people who participated in seminar last year discussing the junta-backed charter. The point we didn’t make, and should have was that three of those charged are human rights lawyers who, it is reported, “merely observe the event” […]

Updated: Sanctioning and campaigning I

While calling for “social sanctions” against Puea Thai Party’s Sudarat Keyuraphan for “political campaigning” in the name of remembering the dead king, The Dictator continues his own political campaigns. Forget the floods. They are unimportant as the military regime prepares to reap political benefit from its ownership of the funeral. The recent claim of a […]

Protecting the “referendum”

A few days ago we posted on the case of Piyarat Chongthep who, wearing a No Coup t-shirt, ripped his ballot in half while shouting “Down with Dictatorship, Long Live Democracy.” This was at a Bangkok polling booth when the junta managed, directed and controlled referendum on the military dictatorship’s constitution took place. He faced […]

Justice system no longer makes sense

Double standards rule in the justice system. Sure, some yellow shirts get to courts for their actions, but their cases are slowed to a crawl, subject to seemingly endless appeals and so on. But when it comes to those who are accused of lese majeste or actions the military dictatorship considers threatening or unsettling, the […]