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Will Thailand Ever Repeal Its Archaic Lese Majeste Law?
December 06, 2022

Will Thailand Ever Repeal Its Archaic Lese Majeste Law?

By Sebastian Strangio
An exiled Thai professor talks about his campaign to abolish the controversial law, which criminalizes criticisms of the country's monarchy.

Thai Political Activist Jailed for Mocking, Impersonating Queen
September 14, 2022

Thai Political Activist Jailed for Mocking, Impersonating Queen

By Sebastian Strangio
Jatuporn Saeoueng was convicted of insulting Queen Suthida by impersonating her at a demonstration in October 2020.
How Lese Majeste Laws Are Eroding Free Speech in Southeast Asia
August 19, 2022

How Lese Majeste Laws Are Eroding Free Speech in Southeast Asia

By Samantha Holmes
Lese majeste laws are irreconcilable with freedom of expression.

Leading Thai Opposition Figure Charged With Royal Defamation
June 22, 2022

Leading Thai Opposition Figure Charged With Royal Defamation

By Sebastian Strangio
Piyabutr Saengkanokkul is the second former leader of the banned Future Forward Party to be charged under Section 112 of the Criminal Code.

Thai Opposition Figure Charged With Royal Defamation, Cyber Crimes
April 12, 2022

Thai Opposition Figure Charged With Royal Defamation, Cyber Crimes

By Sebastian Strangio
The head of the disbanded Future Forward Party criticized the government for contracting a royal-owned firm to supply COVID-19 vaccines.

Airline Apologizes for Tweet Poking Fun at Thailand’s King
April 04, 2022

Airline Apologizes for Tweet Poking Fun at Thailand’s King

By Sebastian Strangio
An April Fool's tweet referenced the apparently volatile relationship between King Vajiralongkorn and his consort Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi.

Thai Activist Sentenced to 2 Years Prison for Defaming King
March 07, 2022

Thai Activist Sentenced to 2 Years Prison for Defaming King

By Sebastian Strangio
Narin Kulpongsathron is accused of affixing a sticker to a portrait of King Vajiralongkorn during a political protest in 2020.
Is Thailand’s Buddhist Sangha Undergoing a Political Sea Change?
February 18, 2022

Is Thailand’s Buddhist Sangha Undergoing a Political Sea Change?

By Christian Kurzydlowski
The Thai Buddhist order has long helped to legitimize and prop up the prevailing monarchical order.

Royalists Step Up Campaign Against Thai Chapter of Amnesty International
January 20, 2022

Royalists Step Up Campaign Against Thai Chapter of Amnesty International

By Sebastian Strangio
A network led by the ultraroyalist booster Seksakol Atthawong claims the rights group supports the abolition of the Thai monarchy.

Pavin Chachavalpongpun on the Strange Death of King Ananda Mahidol
January 11, 2022

Pavin Chachavalpongpun on the Strange Death of King Ananda Mahidol

By Sebastian Strangio
"Like a ghost from the past, the decades-old case continues to haunt the Thai monarchy and poses a threat to its stability."

Thailand’s Lese-Majeste Law Takes Center Stage at UN Rights Review
November 19, 2021

Thailand’s Lese-Majeste Law Takes Center Stage at UN Rights Review

By Pavin Chachavalpongpun
To make a breakthrough on the lèse-majesté problem in Thailand, the international community must seriously rethink its strategy.
Thai Police Forcefully Disperse Protesters Demanding PM’s Resignation
July 19, 2021

Thai Police Forcefully Disperse Protesters Demanding PM’s Resignation

By Sebastian Strangio
Simmering anti-government sentiment has been compounded by Prayut's failures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

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