Lèse-majesté

24 Mar 2021
Chukiat ‘Justin’ Saengwong, a pro-democracy protester, was arrested at night on 22 March on a charge of royal defamation and taken into police custody awaiting a court decision on bail. The court then allow the police request for temporary detention.
16 Mar 2021
Activist Parit Chiwarak read out a statement during a hearing questioning the court's decision to reject bail for those who were charged with the royal defamation law and declaring that he would be fasting as an act of protest against the decision. 
4 Mar 2021
Section 112 of Thailand’s Criminal Code, which criminalises defamation, insults, and threats to members of the monarchy, is fundamentally incompatible with the right to freedom of expression, said ARTICLE 19 in a briefing published today.
4 Mar 2021
On 24 February, the Facebook page of Parit ‘Penguin’ Chiwarak released another letter he has written from prison, where he is being held after being denied bail while he awaits trial for lèse majesté. This letter is addressed ‘From the prison to the palace’ and speaks to the king directly.
16 Feb 2021
Secretary-General of the Move Forward Party proposes Section 112 amendment to open up discussion, though the draft amendment does not satisfy everyone.
9 Feb 2021
A 58th person has been charged under Section 112 of the Criminal Code for paying respect to protesters wearing crop tops in an activity mocking King Rama X in January 2021.
29 Jan 2021
An interview with Senior Researcher at Human Rights Watch. What has Thailand lost in the suppression of the pro-democracy protests at a time when superpowers like the USA and EU have started to pose more questions about Thai politics?
21 Jan 2021
On 20 January, the Court of Appeal objected to the bail request of Anchan (surname omitted), a 63 year old woman who faces 43 years and 6 months jail sentence under the Lèse-majesté law punishment.
31 Jul 2020
To protect the monarchy, the head of an ultra-royalist group has made an announcement asking volunteers to infiltrate protests and take pictures of participants in order to create a blacklist of individuals that Thai society must ban. 
16 Jun 2020
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has claimed that HM the King asked for no prosecutions under Article 112 of the Criminal Code. However, other laws and extra-legal means have been used to stop anti-monarchy speech.

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