31 Dec '11, 8am
Thailand's Truth Panel Backs Call to Change Lèse Majesté Law
(THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Truth for Reconciliation Commission of Thailand (TRCT) on Friday issued a statement backing calls for amendment of the lese majeste law on grounds that the suppression of insults to the monarchy had been politicised to fuel social divisions. TRCT chairman Kanit na Nakorn reminded all sides that instead of shedding light on a possible solution, the debate on the issue seemed only to have caused greater confusion. Certain elements were invoking Article 112 of the Criminal Code in the name of the royalist cause for self-serving reasons to damage their political opponents, he said. At the same time, the other side has argued that Article 112 stifles their freedom of expression, he added. 'The TRCT has taken up the challenge of reviewing the lese majeste clause with the hope of bringing about reconciliation,' Mr Kanit said.