November 24, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A military court in Thailand on Monday sentenced web editor Nut Rungwong to four-and-a-half years in jail for publishing an article five years ago that the court ruled defamed the nation's king. Thailand's lese-majeste law, which punishes people who defame, insult or threaten the monarchy, is one ...[read more]
November 4, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A Thai court sentenced university student Akkaradet Eiamsuwan to two-and-a-half years in prison for posting a message on Facebook that the court said insulted the country's king. The criminal court judge found Eiamsuwan guilty of violating the nation's lese majeste law, which punishes people who ...[read more]
October 28, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A Bahrain court on Tuesday ordered the country's main Shiite opposition group, Al-Wefaq to suspend all activities. Bahrain's Ministry of Justice filed the lawsuit in July. The ruling means that Al-Wefaq cannot operate for three months in the Gulf island kingdom. The group cannot organize rallies ...[read more]
October 19, 2014
by William Helbling
Prominent Thai scholar Sulak Sivaraksa was cited in a criminal complaint on Thursday for his comments about a Thai king who died 400 years ago. Two retired senior army officers filed the criminal complaint, which included a charge of lese-majeste, or intentionally insulting the monarchy. The ...[read more]
September 21, 2014
by William Helbling
A Bahrain appellate court on Sunday confirmed five-year prison sentences for nine Shiites convicted of violating protest laws. The nine Shiites were accused of violating protest laws after they orchestrated an effort calling for the overthrow of the Sunni Monarchy. The activists allegedly used ...[read more]
August 20, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed concern Tuesday that the prosecution and sentencing of lese-majeste cases by Thailand's ruling military junta threaten citizens' rights of free expression. According to the press release, 13 new cases have been opened for ...[read more]
July 14, 2014
by JURIST Staff
On July 14, 1789, ordinary citizens of France stormed the Bastille prison in France and freed prisoners held there. The event has come to symbolize the opening salvo in the French Revolution. One year later, France celebrated the establishment of a short-lived constitutional monarchy in Fte de... ...[read more]
March 31, 2014
by Cynthia Miley
A Bahraini court on Monday sentenced 13 Bahrain citizens to life in prison and one man to 10 years in prison. The defendants, who range in age from 16 to 34, were convicted of attempting to kill two police officers and participating in an illegal protest outside Bahrain's capital city in March ...[read more]
December 16, 2013
by Max Slater
A court in Saudi Arabia on Sunday sentenced political activist Omar al-Saeed to four years in prison and 300 lashes for urging Saudi Arabia to become a constitutional monarchy. Al-Saeed is the fourth member of the pro-democracy group Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA) to be ...[read more]
November 17, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged Nepalese authorities to conclude the forthcoming Constituent Assembly elections peacefully with a view toward drafting a new constitution. Political and social discord have plagued Nepal since the nation's 2006 civil war abolished the monarchy. ...[read more]

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