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Senators, MPs, voice support for Thailand’s lèse majesté law

Maya Taylor

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Politicians have come out in support of the Kingdom’s lèse majesté law, amid calls from pro-democracy activists to have it abolished. The law, officially Section 112 of the Criminal Code, prohibits criticising, defaming, or insulting the Thai Monarchy. At least 12 political activists have recently been charged with lèse majesté offences for their role in various anti-government rallies.

On Thursday, Somyot Prueksakasemsuk from the 24 June Democracy Restoration group, submitted a petition to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, calling on it to intervene to prevent the law being used against pro-democracy activists. Protesters calling for an end to the law gathered outside the UN building on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue and at the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanee Sangrat says that, while the OHCHR will accept petitions from all groups, it already monitors human rights matters in Thailand, including the use of Section 112.

Meanwhile, Senator Chadej Insawang says committee members for the protection of the royal institution will meet on December 18, in response to the calls for Section 112 to be abolished. He points out that all countries have similar legal provisions and claims protesters are trying to pile pressure on the Thai government.

Jurin Laksanawisit, the leader of the Democrat Party, says he and his party members oppose the idea of changing the country to a republic or a communist state. He says the party will only support a constitutional monarchy and that every country has laws in place to protect their leaders.

Meanwhile, Pareena Kraikupt, from the ruling Palang Pracharath Party, also submitted a letter to the UN, in an attempt to explain Thailand’s lèse majesté law. She was backed by a number of supporters in yellow, who held signs reading slogans that included, “”Stop threatening the life of the King” and, “Save 112.”

The Bangkok Post reports that after Thai actor O Anuchit backed the use of the lèse majesté law, the hashtag #banoanuchit began trending on social media yesterday, appearing on Twitter at least 30,000 times.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Pat

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:04 am

    If one has done no wrong, one would not fear groundless accusations from others. There are also legal means to sue the slanders. So why the need for 112?

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      Preesy Chepuce

      Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:06 pm

      All I can say is that the Emperor of Japan doesn’t have many sleepless nights.

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      Preesy Chepuce

      Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:08 pm

      Can I just say, the girl on the left of that photo is effing gorgeous, and no armpit hair either.

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    jesus Monroe

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 11:12 am

    MP’s seem to think that by using the outdated lèse majesté law and lock up protestors will save their careers……..good luck guys, your gonna need it…..

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    Michael

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Senator Chadej Insawang; all countries have similar legal provisions

    Jurin Laksanawisit; the leader of the Democrat Party; every country has laws in place to protect their leaders.

    It seems the members of the Thai government have no education and never traveled abroad. I am always amazed at the lack of knowledge about other countries.

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      Notsodaft

      Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 11:20 am

      Her Her.

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      Singharacha

      Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 1:30 am

      @Michael
      Right. All countries have similar legal provisions.
      Protesters, particularly collegians and students, are manipulated by politicians, and these politicians themselves are manipulated or payed by foreign powers.
      These powers have a roadmap : abolishing lèse majesté law would be one of the first steps.
      Next step would be abolishing monarchy itself.
      What is important in this Thai lèse majesté law is the protection of the monarchy itself. It protects Thai people from foreign interest

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    Mike

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Anyone who supports this medieval and barbaric law is just doing so to ingratiate themselves with the right people. Bumlickers

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      Preesy Chepuce

      Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:07 pm

      So many sordid images in my head from that thread… you really have a tay with wurds.

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    Ian

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Did anybody really think they would not support this law it’s protecting them as well as the king, the quicker the world is rid of these dinosaurs the better it will be

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    Alan

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    There’s a law against telling the truth. It’s a law that supports power and control in the hands of a few.

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    Pedro

    Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 1:17 am

    I do not know from where Senator Chadej Insawang or Jurin Laksanawisit got their information about all countries having laws to protect their leaders. Such laws do not exist in the UK as far as I am aware. In fact many Socialist (Labour) Party politicians regularly publicly call for the removal of the UK Monarchy. If there was a law against insulting the Prime Minister, then over the years there would be very few people walking the streets, or without a criminal conviction to their name, as in the UK criticising the PM is a national sport. If you watch a programme called Spitting Image, they regularly lampoon the UK Monarchy and other institutions yet somehow the monarchy and country still remains intact despite the lack of arrests for doing it. Perhaps Thai politicians could learn from that example from abroad instead of making false statements about what happens in those places.

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    Bubba

    Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 5:58 am

    The law provides job security. Without it all of those reporters being shown would be out of work. The thousands of police hired to uphold the law would become superfluous. Thailand desperately needs the law just to maintain the high, current employment numbers!

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    James Pate

    Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    Well, they can’t just sit around saying nothing. Oh wait! Isn’t that what the usually do?

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