New US Envoy to Thailand and the Discourse of Thai Freedom
Robert Godec says that the draconian law, Article 112, has no place in a democratic society.
July 15, 2022
Robert Godec, soon-to-be ambassador to Thailand, told the congress that the United States would strive to help improve the democracy and human rights situation in Thailand. He went further by saying that the draconian law, Article 112, has no place in a democratic society. On the surface, his position vis-a-vis Article 112 may seem to be a "major departure" from the usual position of the US government. But then again, his other statements seemed to contradict with his view on Article 112. He also said, the United States respect the Thai monarchy. And he believed so did Thai people. In reality, the United States has refrained from upsetting the high institution in Thailand, with the exception of a short statement by Jake Sullivan, US National Security Advisor who voiced his concern over the abusive use of lese-majeste law. During Pavin's visit to the US, as part of the 112WATCH campaign, he met with representatives of the US State Department and the Congress. While he could sense a degree of sincerity in regard to the attempt of the US in finding the solution to the problem with Article 112, these representatives maintained to "same old narrative" about the monarchy as well as Article 112. They told him that these were are internal affairs of Thailand.
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