lese majeste

31 Jul 2009
On July 30, a group of activists visited Daranee Charnchoengsilapakul at Klong Prem prison, marking the 1st anniversary of her detention pending trials for lèse majesté.
31 Jul 2009
BANGKOK, THAILAND - Using a combination of high-tech online sleuthing and a century-old royal defamation law, Thai authorities are tightening the screws on free speech here during a sensitive time for its influential monarchy.
28 Jul 2009
Da Torpedo was acquitted on a charge of besieging the ASTV office, but was fined for insulting Sondhi Limthongkul.   On July 28, Bangkok South Criminal Court ruled on the charges against Daranee Charnchoengsilapakul or Da Torpedo of instigating unrest, detaining others, damaging property, trespass and defamation, in an incident on 1 June 2007, when she led a group of about 50-70 red shirts to protest at the ASTV office on Phra Athit Road.
28 Jul 2009
Though the Thai government regularly invokes its royalty-protecting regulation, Cambodia's king and govt have taken a laid-back approach. Can you get in trouble for insulting the Cambodian King? Under Thailand's notorious lese majeste laws, one can be jailed for failing to stand up for the national anthem or publicly criticising the monarchy. 
26 Jul 2009
A group of activists called Social Move has sent emails inviting the public to visit Daranee Charnchoengsilapakul at Khlong Prem Prison, at 9.30-11.30 am on July 30, to give her moral support.
22 Jul 2009
Kasit defends commission against alleged lack of teeth   Phuket - The planned Asean human-rights commission was challenged yesterday on its ability to protect the basic rights of people in the region as it has no power to take action against violations in member countries.    
17 Jul 2009
Two Australian academics want a baby elephant to be named after a political prisoner in Thailand, as a way to draw attention to his case.
10 Jul 2009
So hats off to iLaw for giving Thais the chance to say what laws they want, and what they want scrapped. And are we surprised that in the first flush of enthusiasm, much of the discussion concerns the lèse majesté and cybercrime laws?
9 Jul 2009
Luksna Kornsilpa has sent a press release plus an article in Thai and English to the press today.  According to the press release, more charges are to be filed against many people including police and state attorney for malfeasance.  Besides Thaksin and his cronies, those who will sign the petition to the King will be charged as well.
4 Jul 2009
On July 2, Daranee Chanchoengsilapakul appeared in court for an open trial in a second case in which she was accused of surrounding the office of ASTV and insulting Sondhi Limthongkul when she led a group of red shirts to protest against the yellow shirts’ mouthpiece in 2007.  
3 Jul 2009
Paris, 2 July 2009 : The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) expresses its deepest concern regarding the increased use of lèse majesté law in Thailand. The Organization already drew the attention of the Thai authorities to restrictions to the right to freedom of expression and to the political implications of the abusive use of the legislation on lèse majesté.
2 Jul 2009
All individuals interviewed and organisations met by FIDH unanimously converge to consider that the lèse-majesté crime is being used by the current government against political opponents in a much more systematic way than used to be the case in the past. Protecting the image of the King serves today as a pretext to stife political dissents. Furthermore, FIDH fears that lèse-majesté may have a broader chilling effect on intellectuals, academics and civil society actors at large.    


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