Major political parties weigh in on whether to amend Thailand’s lèse majesté legislation

With an uptick of costs over the previous yr under Thailand’s draconian lèse majesté regulation, which carries an as a lot as 15 yr jail sentence for insulting the monarchy, and protests calling on officers to abolish it, political parties have been voicing their opinions on the regulation, including the primary opposition Pheu Thai Party which made a statement saying they weren’t necessarily in opposition to the legislation. The founder of the political party and former PM Thaksin Shinawatra was even reported saying there was no downside with the legislation.
Under Section 112 of Thailand’s Criminal Code, generally identified as the lèse majesté regulation, those who insult, defame, or threaten the royal household will face three to 15 years in jail. Over the previous 12 months, Thai officers have elevated the usage of the law, with most cases related to the youth-led pro-democracy movements. Demonstrators have raised points considered taboo and unprecedented in Thai society. Some statements have been seen as a violation of the lèse majesté law, leading to the arrest of a number of protesters. Many activists are now calling on officials to abolish the legislation.
With the regulation in question, the Bangkok Post printed quotes from leaders of the most important political events in Thailand on whether Section 112 must be amended.
The Pheu Thai clarified that the celebration just isn’t leading a campaign to rewrite the law. The Post quoted Pheu Thai Party leader Cholnan Srikaew saying…
“The enforcement of the (lèse majesté) legislation erodes the rights and freedoms of individuals and breeds prisoners of conscience who hold different political views… Pheu Thai isn’t at the centre of a mass petition marketing campaign or push for a rewrite of Section 112. Rather, we’re the middle particular person liaising with all sides to have the issue discussed in parliament.
The secretary common of the Move Forward Party, Chaithawat Tulathon, was quoted saying the celebration had proposed amendments to the regulation earlier this 12 months,
“It’s excessive time the authorities return the best to bail for suspects in Section 112 cases… The Move Forward Party hopes that if and when its draft bill (amending Section 112) enters parliament, will most likely be supported by different political events.”
Palang Pracharath Party chief and deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwon reiterated the party’s support for the Thai monarchy and, according to the Post, stated the celebration will never assist any move to change the lèse majesté regulation.
Leader of the Bhumjaithai celebration, Anutin Charnvirakul, who additionally serves because the deputy PM and Public Health Minister, stated Section 112 have to be “left untouched” and that “the get together won’t have any part in altering the legislation.”
Unconventional of the Democrat Party, Jurin Laksanawisit, stated Section 112 is “fitting for this nation.”

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