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We’re Thailand’s lese majeste police and you are under arrest

You’re as Guilty as the Rest of ‘Em!

Injustice handed down from on high has a special smell, it makes one feel at once energized with rage, and sick with a feeling of hopelessness.

They want us to believe that there is nothing we can do about the descent into authoritarian servitude that lese majeste is really all about. The stupidity of it all, the great tragedy, the loss of what was once so solid, bright and reassuring about Thailand is all that remains. Memories forgotten by the blind legion of yellow clad zealots. All the while the brutality is reinforced.

I am nobody’s king and nobody is mine. Sooner or later, we have to take sides against Thailand’s lese majeste insanity if we are to remain human, that is, if we want to remain human and want to be seen to be human to an ever increasing number of humans who see Thailand’s behavior as inhuman. — Declan Lakes

My humble opinion and analysis of the barbaric lese majeste (LM) law or Article 112 of the Thai Criminal Code, by Narisara Viwatchara

(Article reprinted with permission; cartoon by Shucking Korn, also reprinted with permission)

กฎหมายหมิ่นพระบรมเดชานุภาพ (มาตรา 112 ) เปรียบเสมือนเป็นเซลล์มะเร็งร้ายในร่างกายคนเรา ที่ทำให้เราหยุดความคิดสร้างสรร หยุดการพูด การแสดงออก จนในที่สุดเกิดความกลัวจนเป็นอุปสรรคต่อความก้าวหน้าทางการงานและเศรษฐกิจของตัวเองและลามไปถึงของประเทศ พวกเราทุกคนจะต้องจัดการทำลายเชื้อร้ายตัวนี้ให้เร็วที่สุด ก่อนที่ประเทศชาติจะดิ่งลงเหวนรก

Lese majeste law (Article 112) is like a cancer cell in our body. It inhibits creativity in the mind and causes self-censorship and fear which ultimately become a drag to the nation’s economic progress. It must be removed quickly before the country sinks into the abyss!

ภายใต้กฎหมายหมิ่นใครก็ตามที่ถูกกล่าวหาว่าดูถูกดูหมิ่นกล่าวร้าย พระมหากษัตริย์ ราชินีองค์รัชทายาทและผู้สำเร็จราชการถึงแม้ว่าจะเป็นเรื่องจริง ก็ตามจะต้องได้รับโทษ อย่างน้อย 3 ถึง 15ปี ต่างกรรมต่างวาระ

Under the draconian lese majeste law, it is stated that no one shall make any negative remarks to 4 individuals regardless of whether it is based upon factual information, lest they spend up to 15 years in jail for each offense, if convicted.


In a bizarre legal brief in connection with LM case last year, a royal dog was included by a judge to be shielded from defamation!

กฎหมายหมิ่นหรือมาตรา 112 มีคำจำกัดความดังนี้

Article 112 of the Criminal Code purely states,

คำจำกัดความมาตรา 112ให้อ่านข้างต้นนะค่ะ

“Whoever defames, insults, or threatens the king, queen, the heir, or the regent, shall be punished with imprisonment of three to fifteen years.”

ตั้งแต่พลเอกประยุทธ์จันทร์โอชายึดอำนาจการปกครองจากรัฐบาลที่มาจาก การเลือกตั้ง ตามระบอบประชาธิปไตยเมื่อเดือนพฤษภา 2014 คดีเกี่ยวกับกฎหมายหมิ่นได้เพิ่มมากขึ้นเป็นอย่างมาก

After General Prayuth Chan-ocha seized control of the country in the May 2014 coup, the number of lese majeste (LM) cases have increased exponentially throughout the country.

ผู้ต้องหาส่วนใหญ่จะได้รับการกดดันโน้มน้าวให้ยอมรับผิดเพื่อให้ได้รับการผ่อนโทษ แต่ในประเทศที่เจริญแล้วทั่วโลกจะถือว่าผู้ต้องหาผู้นี้จะ ได้รับเกียรติเป็นวีรบุรุษหรือวิรสตรีค่ะ

Most defendants are urged to plead guilty in order to get a leniency from the judge. In the eyes of any civilized nation, all of the alleged defendants would be considered a hero!  Continue reading

Thailand, Held Back and Left Behind because of 112


TAHR will join March for Democracy in Los Angeles


Thais and international allies are invited to the

March for Democracy, Los Angeles, Saturday, July 30, 2016,

beginning 5pm in front of the Royal Thai Consulate, 611 N. Larchmont Blvd (Los Angeles, CA 90004).

At 6:00pm, we will then march for democracy on Hollywood Blvd from Wilcox to Mann Chinese Theatre.

We will be urging the Thai people to VOTE NO! in the upcoming referendum on the corrupt junta-drafted constitution.

Pro-democracy Thai-American and Thais and Farang (non-Thais) from all over the United States and Canada will join together in this event. All lovers of democracy are welcome; Thai and English will be used. You don’t need to be Thai to participate.

The March will be broadcast live from Los Angeles to Thai viewers worldwide. Local media are welcome. Leaders in the Thai human rights and democracy movement will be giving interviews. Information packets available for those who wish to learn about the struggle for democracy and human rights in Thailand.

The following media channels will be broadcasting live:

Ajahn Waan of Media Force.
Dr. Piangdin Rakthai’s United Networks of Red Ants for Democracy.
TPRUD  (Thai People’s Revolutionary University for Democracy)
The Organization of FreeThais for Human Rights and Democracy (OFHD)
NCP EU Sweden channel.
Thai Voice Media and Jom Voice with Jom Petchpradab
And RedUSA facebook live.

“Reflecting Thai context”

The Thai Justice minister Paiboon Koomchaya yesterday, in reference to Lese Majeste and it’s application said, “Efforts to address the ‘problems’ reflect Thai context and do not affect other countries.”

Ok, please humor me whilst I state the obvious.

You need not be concerned about the following; Arbitrary detention, torture, deaths in custody, free speech restrictions, lack of due process, the disappeared, extra judicial killings or the total disregard for the multitude of international covenants to which Thailand is signatory ….. Because it doesn’t affect you, worry about your own shit …… You know, the price of gas, making sure your morning bagel is fresh, wow, that cream cheese is a bit tangy ….. The important stuff in life.

Not being in possession of a current mental health report on the esteemed gentleman we are left to wonder, is it possible that a country would allow a person that is this far detached from reality to preside over a ministry that is the backbone of any democracy, obviously it’s not possible in any normal society but throw in ‘Thai context’ and wham, bam, thank you mam, there is a lunatic running this asylum too.

Disregard for our personal opinions is fine, it is their right, but disregard for the mandate that collectively we have given the UN and other agencies is, not to put too fine a point on it, illegal.

Thailand, under the direction of people such as Paiboon has become so far detached from civility that it doesn’t appear to know how to behave, switching between petulant adolescence and the demeanor of a melancholy international loner who feigns sadness at disrespect for something that is nothing. It’s reason for being, so convoluted that it even confuses itself. image

Thailand; Am I dreaming?

At the end of one of his posts this week, Thai academic Pavin Chachavalpongpun ended with the words, “Am I fucking dreaming?”, he can be forgiven for wondering, a thought that of late has more often than not been the reaction to the military junta’s antics in Thailand.

The person that most of these reactions have been to is of course, prayut chan-o-cha, the ‘defacto’ dictator.

To question aspects of any dictators demeanor is normal, par for the course, make a mistake and the world finds out, simple as that. Except that in the case of Thailand’s frontman he is challenging the capacity of information technology with a catalog of schoolboy errors that would make his dead role models turn in their graves. But are they even error?

It is an accepted fact that prayut chan-o-cha was in cahoots with the Democrat Party from around 2008, he led the 2010 massacre, working closely with suthep thaugsuban and the then PM, abhisit vejjajiva and as we all know following suthep thaugsuban’s drunken boasts after the 2014 coup, he was also instrumental in planning, organizing and facilitating the demonstrations that led to the downfall of the democratically elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra.

prayut’s platforms on taking control, so obviously similar to the frenzied stage rantings of suthep and his PDRC core leadership, left us in no doubt, even without suthep’s drunken admissions, it was all choreographed, albeit very badly.

But then resistance and the rule book got thrown from the steamroller, suthep consigned to doing penance in a remote temple and prayut orchestrating not only the most egregious human rights violations in recent history but also presiding over a national public relations disaster. Recently described as the ‘sick patient’ of SE Asia, Thailand really is on it’s last legs and if the tenure of this current gang doesn’t end soon it has no hope of survival.

They constantly say that this or that has no effect, Thailand is different, we can survive. The various negative rights groups reports, discovery of mass graves, exposure of slavery, cruelty and the shocking extent of clearly very open human trafficking, NONE of these tragedies impact Thailand negatively in any way. And they are right, there is no negative impact for THEM, the already poor and once emerging middle class though are taking a hit, that if the truth was known and reported has and is leading to abject poverty, homelessness and bankruptcy to an extent previously unseen in Thailand. “Unseen Thailand”, once the buzz words for TAT marketing teams around the world, now a worrying reality.

In creating this ‘reassigned state’ atrocities have been committed, some are out in the open, some not yet but it would be naive to think that a strong resident diplomatic corps such as we know exists in Bangkok are not fully aware and have not imparted the correct imformation to their respective governments. At this point criticism is fair, allowing the dictator a world stage not only in person but through various groups has empowered the regime and it appears afforded all of them a sense of invincibility, never to be called to task or ultimately held accountable for their actions.

To have a real sense of Thailand’s direction we would have to step into the shoes of it’s latest victims, we all know the names, victims of a regime that are bent on gaining proficiency in mans inhumanity to man, they aspire to greatness and places in history reserved for those best forgotten.

History will ask of world leaders, “Thailand; knowing what the world knows now, what should we have done differently?”

There is only one course of action to answer that question and it is not too late yet.

The US and EU MUST impose harsh sanctions on the prayut regime, on an ascending scale, strictly controlled by the Thai governments own actions, deviation from moral, ethical and governmental responsibility punishable by the imposition of further restrictions.

There is no other answer.


Attitude adjusted and fully signed up to the “NCPO, Unicorn-Farting-Rainbow Theory of Everything” our friend Watana Muangsook has been released.

Actually he’s been released because of protests but we’ll deal with that later.
Good morning Thailand. Have a great day.


Cartoon and post by Declan Lakes and Patrick Henry

รัฐมนตรีว่าการกระทรวงการต่างประเทศสหรัฐอเมริกา จอห์น แครี่ สดุดีรุจเรข วัฒนพานิช สตรีผู้กล้า

รัฐมนตรีว่าการกระทรวงการต่างประเทศสหรัฐอเมริกา จอห์น แครี่ สดุดีรุจเรข วัฒนพานิช สตรีผู้กล้า(แห่งปี) ที่กรุงวอชิงตัน นี่คือสิ่งที่ท่านพูด “รุจิเรข วัฒนพานิช ทำให้สิ่งที่พูดกันไว้เป็นจริง ที่ว่า ปากกามีพลังยิ่งใหญ่กว่าดาบ ในฐานะที่เป็นเจ้าของร้านหนังสือและผู้ร่วมก่อตั้ง คาเฟ่ประชาธิปไตยในประเทศไทย เธอได้ใช้ตำแหน่งของเธอในการส่งเสริมประชาธิปไตยและเสรีภาพในการแสดงออก โดยตัวเธออยู่ในความเสี่ยงอันใหญ่หลวง เธอถูกเจ้าหน้าที่เรียกตัวไปยังค่ายทหารถึงสองครั้ง ซึ่งเธอถูกคุมตัวและสอบสวน เป้าหมายคือการข่มขู่เธอ แต่รุจิเรขปฏิเสธที่จะยอมแพ้ต่อความกลัว ตรงกันข้าม เธอเปิดร้านหนังสือของเธออีกและเดินหน้าจัดสัมมนาในเรื่องสิทธิตามรัฐธรรมนูญ ตลาดเสรี และประชาธิปไตย คุณรุจิเรข วัฒนพาณิชครับ เนื่องด้วยการทุ่มเทต่อสิทธิตามระบอบประชาธิปไตย และเสรีภาพทั้งหลายที่ทำให้สังคมทั่วไปมีสันติภาพ ความมั่งคั่งและความมั่นคงมากขึ้น เราขอยกย่องคุณให้เป็นสตรีผู้กล้า” เราเห็นด้วยและสดุดีเธออย่างสุดใจ โลกเรารู้ดีว่ากำลังเกิดอะไรขึ้นในประเทศไทย และเรารู้ว่าใครคือพระเอกและใครเป็นผู้ร้าย

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, paid tribute in Washington last week to Rodjaraeg Wattanapanit, a Woman of Courage. This is what he said.“Rodjaraeg Wattanapanit gives life to the saying that the pen is mightier than the sword. As co-owner of a bookstore and a co-founder of Cafe Democracy in Thailand, she has used her position to promote democracy and freedom of expression at great personal risk. Twice she has been summoned by the authorities to military camps, where she was detained and interrogated. The goal was to intimidate her, but Rodjaraeg refused to surrender to fear. Instead, she reopened her bookstore and continues to host seminars on constitutional rights, free markets, and democracy.Rodjaraeg Wattanapanit, for your commitment to the democratic rights and freedoms that make societies more peaceful, prosperous, and secure, we honor you as a woman of courage.”We wholeheartedly agree and salute her. The world knows what is going on in Thailand and we know who the heroes are and who the villains are.

Posted by Shucking Korn – The Unauthorized Korn Chatikavanij Page on Wednesday, April 6, 2016


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