Updated: Freedom of expression

11 01 2012

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Opinion, Frank La Rue is interviewed at the Bangkok Post. Here is one of the questions and his response:

Some people here interpreted your suggestion that Thailand amend Article 112 of the Criminal Code and the Computer Crime Act [governing lese majeste] as the United Nations interfering in our domestic political affairs. What would you say to that?

I made a statement regarding the lese majeste legislation in Thailand. And I stand by [my recommendation] to the Human Rights Commission. This is not an intervention. Human rights is a universal issue for all modern, civilised and democratic countries, and only those which want to move backward to an undemocratic regime will reject them.

The beauty of human rights is that it’s exactly the same standard for every country _ there’s no special treatment because human dignity is the same across the world.

There is no reason why you would have an argument of that nature unless people want to avoid responsibility to [uphold] the standard.

Update: There’s another account of la Rue’s interview at The Nation.


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