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US National Security Advisor concerned over lengthy lese-majeste sentences

The US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan has expressed concerns about the recent arrests of Thai protesters and several lengthy lese-majeste sentences in recent weeks. 

The United State National Security Council spokesperson Emily Horne issued a statement on 8 February on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan's call with Natthaphon Narkphanit, the Secretary General of the Thai National Security Council. 

The statement reads: 

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke by phone today with Secretary General of the Thai National Security Council General Natthaphon Narkphanit. Mr. Sullivan expressed the United States’ commitment to the long-standing United States–Thailand alliance based on our shared commitment to peace and stability, but also expressed concern over both recent arrests of Thai protestors and several lengthy lese-majeste sentences in recent weeks.  Mr. Sullivan also conveyed President Biden’s deep concern regarding the coup in Burma.

According to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), at least 59 people are now facing lese majeste charges for their involvement in the pro-democracy protests. 

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