An Eminent Scholar in Laws, Former House of Parliament Speaker, Former House of Senate Speaker, Former Vice Prime Minister of Thailand, Meechai Ruchupan's Explanation on Thai Lese Majesty Law
( Last edit 2011-12-24 )
Mr.Meechai Ruchupan, An Eminent Scholar in Laws, Former House of Parliament Speaker, House of Senate Speaker, Vice Prime Minister of Thailand
Article 112 only prohibits three deeds.
It prohibits defamation, slander and feud against His Majesty the King, the Queen, Heir apparent or the regent. Such deeds, no matter to the head of the country, against lay people are also not permitted. Any person's freedom falls to be limited where it does not violate others. If personal freedom is allowed without consideration of others, the society could reach cataclysm. Even US allows us neither defame, slander nor express feud against their President. Or can we? Importantly, each country has her own different concerns. Looking from another country's stand point, one may see it inappropirate. But civilized people do accept cultures and traditions of others and do not judge by their own acquaintance.
For example, American is out of their mind with fear of terrorism. Whoever entering the country would be thoroughly searched without consideration to personal rights to the extent of complete stripping. Luggages can also be searched at their wills. When American was searching for Bin Laden, from aerial reconnaissance, they visualized a group of people walking with sticks at a foothill and imagined that it could be Bin Laden. An expensive guided missile was dispatched to kill them all. Later, it was discovered that it was not Bin Laden but villagers were murdered for free. Isn't that more cruel than in the stone age? I do not know if Americans or UN had condemned that. The reason may be that they still have the wrath about the attacks of the collapsed buildings.
Singapore has judicial corporal punishment (beating) to chasten for certain offences. Before this, a naughty American sprayed and painted graffitis on walls. He was caught and ass-beaten to shame. No matter what petition was made, Singapore government did not yield. Nobody called for amendment of the law because they would beat only convicts. This is similar to Thai laws which punish only those who violate the offences.
Original Post in Thai at MeechaiThailand.com