Tag Archives: lese majeste

Giving up on the justice system

At about the same time that human rights lawyer Prawet Praphanukul challenged the courts on lese majeste, there has been a second lese majeste-related poke at Thailand’s seriously flawed and deeply politicized “justice” system. Viboon Boonpattararaksa, father of the convicted lese majeste victim, Jatuphat, has declared that he “has given up hope in the Thai […]

Challenging the courts on lese majeste

One of the Stolen history 6, human rights lawyer Prawet Praphanukul (57) has challenged the courts on lese majeste. Prawet is one of six persons detained on 29 April 2017 for alleged lese majeste for apparently sharing a Facebook post by Somsak Jeamteerasakul on the theft of the 1932 revolution plaque on about 5 April […]

Monarchy and lese majeste

Some recent stories on lese majeste and the monarchy deserve to be highlighted even if they have been widely read. First, the brave Akechai Hongkangwarn has come up with a proposal for abolishing Article 112 of the criminal code. The idea of abolishing the lese majeste is a proposal we heartily support, although the mechanism […]

It is still a military dictatorship

Whatever happens today in the Yingluck Shinawatra verdict, Thailand will still be a military dictatorship tomorrow. Strangely, The Dictator and his underlings express a warped – mad is a better term – view that Thailand is a “democracy” despite a military regime that came to power overthrowing an elected government and throwing out constitutional law […]

The Economist on the military dictatorship

Bits from The Economist’s latest edition: Having been one of South-East Asia’s freest countries two decades ago, Thailand is now among the region’s most repressive…. Since its introduction, Section 44 has been invoked more than 150 times. A constitution adopted a little over a year ago allows the junta to keep using the legislation until […]

Criticism is not contempt

Don’t criticize the monarchy, their pets or dead kings (and any other body the royalists get exited about). They are protected by the lese majeste and computer crimes laws. Don’t criticize The Dictator or the military junta. They are protected by defamation, sedition and computer crimes laws. Don’t criticize the judiciary. It is protected by […]

Kings and lese majeste

In another interesting op-ed at the Bangkok Post, Alan Dawson comments on lese majeste. This is always a difficult topic in royalist Thailand. On Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa, Dawson considers, as we do, that his case is a “fit-up.” He says that: Clearly, as the 3,000 people who weren’t charged [for sharing the BBC Thai story that […]