Mad about lese majeste

17 06 2015

“Mad” has several definitions. One source has this:

1. mentally disturbed; deranged; insane; demented.
2. enraged; greatly provoked or irritated; angry.
3. abnormally furious; ferocious: a mad bull.
4. affected with rabies; rabid: a mad dog.
5. extremely foolish or unwise; imprudent; irrational: a mad scheme to invade France.
5. wildly excited or confused; frantic: mad haste.
6. overcome by desire, eagerness, enthusiasm, etc.; excessively or uncontrollably fond; infatuated:…

Most of these meanings can be applied to Thailand’s military dictatorship when it comes to the feudal politics of lese majeste.

The most recent example of dozens is the ridiculous effort by the Office of the Attorney General of Thailand that has indicted Ekaphop Luera (Tang Acheewa) under Article 112.

Given that Ekaphop has already sought protection from the UNHCR and the Cambodian government before gaining asylum in New Zealand, and that the military dictatorship has unsuccessfully sought his extradition from Cambodia and pressured the New Zealand government, an attempt to extradite him from New Zealand may be considered mad.

The prosecutor’s office has announced that New Zealand has been requested “to extradite the lèse majesté suspect back to Thailand.” The line from the dictators seems to be that foreign countries should recognize Thailand’s laws, even if they violate international human rights norms.


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