Tag Archives: lese majeste

Hitting Puea Thai, using populism

Report after report has recounted how the military dictatorship is hoovering up Puea Thai Party politicians for its own parties. The most recent we saw told the story of former Thaksin Shinawatra-linked politicians working for the junta canvassing in the northeast trying to entice and bribe politicians to join up with the junta. After a […]

HRW on The Dictator’s European holiday

Reproduced in full from Human Rights Watch: UK Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron should press Thailand’s junta leader to respect human rights and ensure a rapid transition to democratic civilian rule, Human Rights Watch said today. Prime Minister Gen. Prayut[h] Chan-ocha is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister May on June […]

Explaining ownership of the royal billions

In the past, during the previous reign, several governments and palace propagandists have sought to “explain” that the Crown Property Bureau’s wealth is not the king’s personal property to do with as he sees fit. Some have even suggested that the CPB is some kind of fund for the nation. Ambassadors have frequently made this […]

Snoozing snaps beget screams for media “reform”

We are late getting to the story of sleeping puppets at the National Legislative Assembly. In truth, photos of snoozing members of parliament in Thailand and elsewhere is not all that remarkable. But the response of one junta-appointed legislator is worthy of attention for its raucous defense of fellow puppets in the face of criticism. […]

Lese majeste as culture wars

The news that the military junta has defended the lese majeste and computer crimes laws is no news at all. However, a series of letters that Khaosod came upon between Ambassador Sek Wannamethee, Thailand’s permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva and United Nations officials reinforces the junta’s claims – and by some earlier […]

Escaping the junta and rabid royalism

Korean journalist Lee Jae-ho has written a poignant account of the plight of those hunted by the junta on lese majeste charges. It is a long story that deserves to be read in full. After the coup, dissidents sought by the military junta and accused of various charges but including especially lese majeste, flooded across […]

When lese majeste is re-defined

Buddha Issara is still in jail, now seen in a wheel chair. Our question is about one of his charges. The last time we looked, lese majeste was being expansively defined by the current military junta to harass and jail political opponents. Dead kings. dead king’s dead dogs, princesses (although there was some pull back […]