Through The Static

May 5, 2008

Thai student accused of king insult

Filed under: Rights,World News — disciplepete @ 2:16 pm

Bow down…err, stand up for the king!!

A Thai student is facing up to 15 years in jail for failing to stand up during the king’s anthem on a visit to the movie theatre. (Al Jazeera)

15 years??! Damn.

Chotisak Oonsong has been charged with insulting the monarchy under Thailand’s lese majeste laws.

It is customary for the anthem to be played before performances in theatres across Thailand, but Chotisak argues he has a right not to stand if he chooses.

So why didn’t he stand up?

Instead he argues that by sitting down he is simply taking a stand against the country’s strict laws on the monarchy, which he claims restrict his constitutional rights and freedoms.

He says there’s no law which requires standing for the king, but…

The Thai authorities, however, disagree.

Article 112 of the Thai criminal code outlines one of the most serious charges in Thailand – disrespecting the monarchy.

 

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