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Former Thai PM Thaksin to be Charged With Royal Defamation

Former Thai PM Thaksin to be Charged With Royal Defamation

By Sebastian Strangio
The pact between Thaksin's camp and the royalist establishment, which allowed the former leader to return from self-exile last year, may be starting to fray.

Two More Thai Activists Sentenced to Prison on Lese-Majeste Charges

Two More Thai Activists Sentenced to Prison on Lese-Majeste Charges

By Sebastian Strangio
Both were granted bail pending an appeal, following the recent death of a monarchy-reform activist in custody.
Thai Monarchy Reform Activist Dies in Custody After Months-Long Hunger Strike

Thai Monarchy Reform Activist Dies in Custody After Months-Long Hunger Strike

By Sebastian Strangio
The death of Netiporn “Bung” Sanesangkhom has drawn attention to the Thai government's cruel use of pretrial detention to silence peaceful critics of the monarchy.

Even If Thailand’s MFP Is Dissolved, the Monarchy Reform Movement Will Live On

Even If Thailand’s MFP Is Dissolved, the Monarchy Reform Movement Will Live On

By David Hutt
If disbanded over its pledge to reform the country's "sacred" institution, the Move Forward Party will simply re-emerge in new form.

Thai Court Announces Another Harsh Prison Sentence Under Royal Insult Law

Thai Court Announces Another Harsh Prison Sentence Under Royal Insult Law

By Sebastian Strangio
The 25-year jail term came just days after the Election Commission ordered the disbanding of a major opposition party for advocating the reform of the lese-majeste law.

Pita Limjaroenrat’s Vision for Thailand

Pita Limjaroenrat’s Vision for Thailand

By Richard Yarrow and Saly Sirothphiphat
In an interview, the opposition MP discusses his political future and the way forward for Thailand.

Thai Activists Arrested After Royal Motorcade Confrontation

Thai Activists Arrested After Royal Motorcade Confrontation

By Sebastian Strangio
The charges follow an incident over the weekend in which monarchy reform activists and ultra-royalists engaged in a public brawl in Bangkok.
Detained Former Thai PM on List of Eligible Parolees, Reports Say

Detained Former Thai PM on List of Eligible Parolees, Reports Say

By Sebastian Strangio
Thaksin Shinawatra's name is on a list of 930 elderly inmates, who have been approved for parole due to ill health.

2 Thai Journalists Arrested for Covering Anti-Monarchist Temple Vandalism

2 Thai Journalists Arrested for Covering Anti-Monarchist Temple Vandalism

By Sebastian Strangio
The pair were charged as "accomplices" to an incident last March in which an activist spray-painted an anti-royalist message inside Bangkok's Grand Palace.

Detained Former Thai PM Could Face Royal Defamation Charge, Official Says

Detained Former Thai PM Could Face Royal Defamation Charge, Official Says

By Sebastian Strangio
Thaksin Shinawatra has been informed about a lese-majeste complaint claiming that he insulted the monarchy in a 2015 interview in South Korea.

Royalist Lawyer Seeks Dissolution of Thai Opposition Party

Royalist Lawyer Seeks Dissolution of Thai Opposition Party

By Sebastian Strangio
The petition was filed a day after the Constitutional Court ordered the Move Forward Party to stop advocating the reform of Thailand's harsh lese-majeste law.
Thai Court Says Move Forward Party Must Stop Trying to Change Royal Defamation Law

Thai Court Says Move Forward Party Must Stop Trying to Change Royal Defamation Law

By Jutarat Skulpichetrat
The Constitutional Court deemed it unconstitutional to advocate a change in the country’s lese majeste law. That is a central plank of Move Forward’s platform.

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