On 2 June 2014, a group of academics, mostly from Chiang Mai University, and other activists went to the Kawila Military Headquarters in the city of Chiang Mai to meet with two Generals responsible for much of the summoning and detention of academics and activists after the 22 May coup in Chiang Mai and neighboring provinces. The first meeting took place at about 1pm with Major General Suthat Charumanee, Commander of the 7th Infantry Division.
It has become increasingly clear over the past week since the imposition of Martial Law nationwide followed by the coup that one of Thailand’s most draconian and abused laws, the lèse majesté law or Article 112 of the Penal Code, is being used to persecute anyone who voices opposition to the coup.
Thailand must release all six people currently detained under draconian lèse-majesté laws, FIDH and its member organization Union for Civil Liberty (UCL) said today
A recent Supreme Court verdict has set a man free, while setting a troubling precedent about acceptable defences in lèse majesté trials. Myles Gough reports.
From the latest Supreme Court's ruling on lèse majesté case, historians, political scientists and law academics discussed the implication of the ruling on the study of Thai history.
There have not been many Thai Sumpreme Court lese majesty cases that have been made public—the last one was Veera Musikapong’s 1988 case—and so it is always exciting when the veil is pulled back a little further on the mysteries of the high court’s jurisprudence. The Supreme Court case made available just a few days ago does much to excite and even more to alarm. The implications of this case are tremendous, and may well mark the low point of the regime of lese majesty in Thailand. At first glance, this case seems like a very bad one that can have devastating, real-life consequences. But reading it more deeply and the case becomes much worse than it first appears.