Chomsky on Article 112 in Thailand: The Big Interview
Pavin Chachavalpongpun, founder of 112WATCH, interviews leading intellectual Noam Chomsky on Article 112 and the state of Thai politics.
August 7, 2022
Read the interview below –
อาจารย์โชมสกี้ พูดเรื่องมาตรา 112
ศาสตราจารย์นอม โชมสกี้ ปัญญาชนของโลก ให้สัมภาษณ์ปวิน ชัชวาลพงศ์พันธ์ ผู้ก่อตั้ง 112WATCH เกี่ยวกับกฎหมายหมิ่นพระบรมเดชานุภาพในไทย และสภาพทางการเมืองไทยในปัจจุบัน
Joshua Kurlantzick on Lese-majeste Law and the Future of Thailand
Kurlantzick signals that the push for Thailand's change must come from within.
July 17, 2022
Joshua Kuralantzick กับมุมมองเกี่ยวกั
บกฎหมายมาตรา 112 กับผลกระทบต่ออนาคตของไทย
Thai Legal Expert: The UN can Play a Crucial Role on Article 112
Phil Seangkrai, a lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Thammasat University, says in his interview with 112WATCH that international organisations like the United Nations can play a crucial role in raising awareness on the problem with Article 112.
July 6, 2022
Phil Seangkrai said that The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is one framework designed for raising awareness. But he is less optimistic when it comes real achievement. The existence of the lese-majeste law in itself is a great barrier in starting any conversation on the subject. The way in which the law has been interpreted and abused certainly has sent a chilling effect on anyone wanting to raise this issue, even among human rights defenders.
นักนิติศาสตร์ไทยมองว่า องค์การสหประชาชาติสามารถเล่นบทบาทในการแก้ไขปัญหาที่เกิดจากมาตรา 112 ได้
A View from Australia on Article 112
The Big Interview for June presents an interview between 112WATCH and Dr Patrick Jory from Queensland University in Australia.
June 1, 2022
Patrick Jory told 112Watch that the Thai government has adopted a new tactic in dealing with those charged under Article 112. Instead of locking them up under heavy jail terms, it opted for shorter imprisonment and the release came with several conditions designed to prevent them from participating in political activities again. Jory also expresses his view on how Australia looks at the lese-majeste situation in Thailand. He also talks about the idea of republicanism in his home country.
A New Voice Via "The Big Interview"
112WATCH kicks off a new column, The Big Interview, bringing you a fresh perspective from around the world on the pertinent issue of Article 112 of Thailand. We talk to scholars, policy practitioners, members of the NGOs and civil society organisations and most importantly the victims of the lese-majeste law themselves. We present our first interview with Mark S. Cogan from the Kansai Gaidai University in Japan. Cogan opines that the law has been used as a political weapons against different groups of people and this has become a worrying sign not only among the Thai people but also friends of Thailand overseas. He believes that the old approach of naming and shaming the Thai government on the excessive use of lese-majeste law has proven ineffective, A way forward is to find moderate partners and established political actors to lead political discussions on the lese-majeste citation in Thailand. He also speaks from a comparative perspective as he looks at the human rights situation in Thailand and Myanmar. It is important that we must not allow victims of human rights abuses in the two countries to jockey for international attention.
Read/download the interview with Mark S. Cogan below –
Initial Assessment of The Third Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
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