Use and Abuse of Thailand’s Lèse-Majesté Law: The Peculiarity of Thai Democracy
Surin Pitsuwan Lecture in Thai Politics and Society: “Use and Abuse of Thailand’s Lèse-Majesté Law: The Peculiarity of Thai Democracy”
Date and Time: Friday, February 26, 2021 at 10:00am EST (5:00am HST)
Speaker: Chiranuch Premchaiporn Committee Member of the Foundation for Community Educational Media, Co-Founder of Prachatai, and Coordinator of the Consititution Advocacy Alliance
Abstract: In our society where citizens cannot seek the truth, a feeling of love or un-love can put your freedom at risk. Living with fear teaches us to be silent, but it is also terrifying to witness the silence being broken by the Ten Demandments from student protesters to reform the monarchy. Lesè-majesté provisions are being used again, but with the doubtful consequence that there might be no room for the elephant to hide.
Professor Malavika Reddy, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University
Professor Jay Rosengard, Harvard Kennedy School