Tag Archives: lese majeste

It’s getting darker II

Yesterday we posted on The Dictator’s demands that critics of the junta (and monarchy) be crushed through the use of laws like the computer crimes act. Our view is that the junta is becoming more confident in being more repressive. Certainly, opposition voices in Thailand are very quiet following almost four years of repression. Confirming […]

It’s getting darker I

The lights are dimming everywhere and Thailand’s lights have been starved of wattage for the years since the 2014 military coup. The Dictator is in charge of turning the lights off, and he looks like he’s going for candle power. The Bangkok Post reports that the military dictatorship has demanded that the Computer Crimes Act […]

Burning arches lese majeste “guilty” pleas

About a week ago we posted on the sentencing of two men, held in jail until they pleaded guilty, for allegedly torching dead king arches in Khon Kaen province. They were said to be two among eight suspects and a 14-year-old who are accused of being involved in the burning. Prachatai reports that “[f]ive teenagers […]

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 […]

Lese majeste and enforcing silence

PPT has posted over several years on the delaying of lese majeste trials where defendants refuse to plead guilty. We have referred to 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 decade of lese majeste

We highly recommend the report published at Prachatai on lese majeste investigations from 2007-2017. It is one of the best we’ve seen in recent years. The graphic summarizes the sorry tale. (We do wonder if the palace-related and vindictive cases are included.) The military dictatorship’s 300 cases is by far the largest number for any […]

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, […]