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Thai actor Inthira “Sai” Charoenpura was charged Monday with allegedly contravening Thailand’s lèse-majesté law which prohibits defaming the royal family despite occasions of her speaking publicly about the monarchy being unknown. The Associated Press reported that Charoenpura, among other protestors, answered a police summons to hear their charges of allegedly contravening section 112 of the [...]

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The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) called on Thai authorities Friday to amend a Thai criminal code provision that punishes insulting the country’s monarchy. The OHCHR statement came in response to the arrest of as many as 35 protesters, including a 16-year-old student, in recent weeks. Under section 112 [...]

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More than 1,000 pro-democracy protestors in Thailand rallied Thursday for revocation of the kingdom’s lèse majesté law, which proscribes acts of defaming, insulting or threatening the king, the queen, the regent or the heir apparent. The protestors gathered at the 14 October 1973 Memorial which commemorates civilian protestors who lost their lives in the 1973 [...]

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A nine-judge bench of Thailand’s Constitutional Court Wednesday unanimously acquitted  Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in a conflict of interest case lodged by 56 opposition leaders of the Pheu Thai Party. Pratyut was accused of violating the ethics clauses in the Constitution by overstaying in army accommodation years after his retirement as the Chief of [...]

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Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha Thursday threatened to use “all possible laws” against democracy protestors calling for the removal of King Maha Vajiralongkorn. “The government will intensify its actions and use all laws, all articles, to take action against protesters who broke the law,” Prayuth said in a statement. “The situation is not improving. There [...]

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Thai lawmakers voted to amend their constitution on Wednesday, but ultimately rejected the reform many protesters were hoping for. Although the protesters called for monarchical reform, only 212 of 732 parliament members voted in favor of the relevant motion. Although citizens have been protesting since July, the members of parliament delayed their vote until the [...]

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What is common between Rhodes, Rushmore, and Robert E. Lee? At first glance, the initial consonants, yes. However, what is more, common and conspicuous is their contemporaneousness today owing to the resurfacing of their racial pasts. Their troubling legacies have triggered vehement calls for the removal and/or destruction of their monumental statues and sculptures, among [...]

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Thai authorities issued arrest warrants on Wednesday for activists who took part in the 3 August pro-democracy demonstration. Among the six activists arrested is lawyer Anon Nampa, who called for reform of the monarchy, marking the second time he has been arrested this month. Previously charged with sedition, Anon joined the student rallies demanding constitutional [...]

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A criminal court in Bangkok on Wednesday acquitted 24 leaders of the 2010 red shirt protests. The court dismissed all charges, including charges of terrorism, criminal association and inciting arrest. The case was brought by state prosecutors and business owners who were affected by the protests which took place in Bangkok’s central shopping area. The [...]

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Eight senior members of Thailand’s former ruling political party (Pheu Thai) were charged Monday with sedition. The charges stem out of three members describing the “failings” of the military government. In addition, five other individuals were charged with participating in banned political activities. Tuesday marks the four-year anniversary of the coup that led to the [...]

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