Lese-Majeste: A Distinctive Character of Thai Democracy amidst the Global Democratic Movement

  Lese-Majeste: A Distinctive Character of Thai Democracy amidst the Global Democratic Movement
 
by: Professor Dr. Borwornsak Uwanno
      Fellow of the Royal Institute
      Secretary-General of King Prajadhipok's Institute
 
Recently, certain Thai academics have put forward a proposal that lese-majeste offence contravenes the democratic principle of freedom of expression, and, second, lese-majeste allegations have been abused by accusers for political gain.
 
This article aims to make an academic analysis to determine whether this particular offence should be maintained. If the answer is yes, then what is the conceptual basis? If no, then why is it so? are there any problem with enforcement of the law? If so, how can these problems be resolved?
 
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Source: King Prajadhipok's Institute