UK parliament and lese majeste

16 05 2012

Readers may be interested in a short comment at Asian Correspondent regarding four questions asked by the Labour Party’s Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kerry McCarthy. The questions are:

What representations has he made regarding the imprisonment and death of Ampon Tangnoppakul in Thailand?

What assessment has he made of access to healthcare for prisoners in Thailand?

What assessment has he made of the treatment of people a) arrested and b) convicted under lèse majesté laws in Thailand?

What assessment has he made of the compliance of lèse majesté laws in Thailand with Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; and what representations has he made to the government of Thailand regarding freedom of expression and the lèse majesté laws?

These are important questions in Thailand, and their internationalization is significant. Certainly the Thai state, under several governments, has been unwilling to deal sensibly with these issues.


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