Junya’s lese majeste case moves forward

2 09 2013

In March, PPT posted on exiled activist on lese majeste, labor, monarchy, women and more, Junya Yimprasert. Junya, widely known as Lek, posted then that she thought her new book Labour Shouldering the Nation was being investigated “most likely for lèse-majesté crime under the article 112 of the Thailand’s ‘draconian’ criminal code.”Junya

As the investigation has progressed, however, it became clear that the Department of Special Investigation was looking at her publication Why I Don’t Love the King or ทำไมถึงไม่รักในหลวง that came out in English and Thai in 2010. The complaint about this book came from the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MICT).

On 30 August Lek posted at Facebook:

I have received some shocking news — a warrant for my arrest has been issued in Thailand over accusations that I offended the monarchy…. A senior government source told me yesterday that the arrest warrant was issued in May.

She adds that Why I Don’t Love The King was “a personal account of how I lost my love for Thailand’s monarch but still deeply love my country…”. After she put it out, she “was advised that it would be safer … to stay out of the country.”

Lek makes the all too obvious point that:

Without the abolition or reform of the lèse majesté law there will never be freedom of speech in Thailand.

Junya is a brave and outspoken woman, and the investigation seeks to punish her for being an independent thinker.


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