Rise in cases ‘tied to power struggle’ (Lese majesteThailand)

Kittisak Prokkati, a lecturer at Thammasat University’s Faculty of Law, called for Parliament to approve the appointment of monarchs in the future during an interview in which he gave his perspectives on the Nitirat group’s proposals involving changes to laws on lese majeste offences.

Your article ‘Nitirat thinks differently – please listen to them’ sounds as if your are telling the public to take up the Nitirat proposals.

It is about freedom of expression. It is like you want to do house improvement – you have the right since it is your house. But it has to be done under the law. Nitirat may express views that make people think they are arrogant but, as long as they have not crossed the line, or made any threat or assaulted anybody, they can do it, but it does not mean everyone has to agree with them.

In Thai society people do not want to talk about section 112. It is as if they are being censured.

You cannot censure because even the papers like The Nation, Matichon, Prachathai still run articles on the issue. In my opinion, the best way to worship the monarchy is to let them stay close to the people and belong to the people. The monarchy should be Dharma or virtues in human form. Our religion bans us from insulting others and even insulting the monarchy. We do not like anyone to insult our monarchy. Nitirat does not say that we must remove the monarchy system but only to brush up the outdated law; first, reduce the heavy penalty of 3-15 years [for lese majeste offences]; second, suspects of lese majeste charges who claim they are being used as political tools to sabotage political enemies should be given rights to defend themselves.

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About Antoni Uni

I am born in Haarlem, the Netherlands, and went to Spain, l'Escala - Costabrava, in 1988. After 15 years I made a mistake and went travelling in S.E. Asia. and in 2005 I dropped down in Bangkok where I still live. Mijn website met foto's is: http://www.antoniuniphotography.com/
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