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A human rights NGO has petitioned the Civil Court to abolish the government’s use of the emergency decree to quash freedom of expression. The Internet Law Reform Dialogue group filed the petition against the PM, Prayut Chan-o-cha, and the relevant authorities. According to a Bangkok Post report, iLaw manager Yingcheep Atchanond, feminist activist Chutima Tangkliang, and Atthapol Buapat from the Ratsadon protest group, are demanding compensation of 4.5 million baht. The activists say the emergency decree has been used to file charges against them after they addressed an anti-government rally on March 24. They say that despite freedom of expression […]

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"The Bangkok Post reports that Yingcheep has stated the decree can be used to limit rights in order to curtail the spread of Covid-19, but should not be used to suspend or end political protest."

Yingcheep would be quite correct in a normal country that guarantees Freedom of Speech, follows Judicial precedent and Universal Human Rights, and has an independent judiciary. Sadly, that doesn't seem to be the case in Thailand.

I have tremendous respect for these fighters, but don't really believe that they will ever get satisfaction from the courts, at least until those higher-up tire of the current cast of clowns.

 

 

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And the activists may get sued by them saying they are being discriminated against since they are handy capped as they cannot hear anything with their deaf ears.

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