Tag Archives: lese majeste

Amnesty International on systematic and arbitrary restrictions on human rights

Amnesty International has released its annual report on the state of the world’s human rights. It’s a 400 page PDF that makes for grim reading. The report had a launch in Thailand and there are reports at Khaosod and The Nation. Amnesty International Thailand Director Piyanut Kotsan is quoted in The Nation saying: “The situation […]

Two strange lese majeste acquittals

Prachatai reports that on 22 February 2018, “the Kamphaengphet Provincial Court ruled Atsadaphon and Noppharit (surnames withheld due to privacy concerns) not guilty of violating Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law, citing weak evidence.” This unusual acquittal refers to a case that began on or about 20 August 2015, when the […]

Law and junta “law”

The issue of junta law versus rule of law has been discussed by academics.Discussing this aspect of “rule of law,” where the junta uses law for propaganda and for political repression, is of critical importance. An academic forum at Thammasat University “heard doubts about the legitimacy and lasting effects of laws enacted by the NCPO and […]

Updated: An authoritarian royal embrace

Nothing surprises when it comes to the military dictatorship. It has jailed hundreds, ignored the law, sent refugees back to jails several times, covered up murder and corruption, ignored human rights and embraced the nastiest of autocrats. BenarNews reports that the junta has “defended its decision to award the chief of Myanmar’s armed forces a […]

Lese majeste catch-ups

Natthika Worathaiwit was one of The Facebook 8 who were arrested by the military dictatorship because of a satirical Facebook community page that poked fun at The Dictator. They were charged with sedition and computer crimes on 28 April 2016. Tow of them, Harit Mahaton and Natthika were charged with lese majeste. Initially all were […]

Lines are being drawn II

Khaosod reports that the military junta is going after pro-democracy activists, targeting both veterans and others who are virtually unknown. The junta wants 43 people “prosecuted for attending a recent rally demanding elections be held this year.” It is worth noting that it is reported that it is the junta itself that has picked out […]

Lese majeste repression

The Bangkok Post has an editorial on lese majeste, calling for the “misuse and abuse” of the law be ended. Essentially, the editorial calls for the law to be rewritten, citing both Sulak Sivaraksa (one of the few to get off) and Nitirat. That’s about as brave as it gets in Thailand these days. Calling […]