Authorities in Thailand are now investigating Amnesty International to determine whether it has broken the royal defamation law. Thailand’s Prime Minister said this on Friday after ultra-royalists called for the human rights group to be expelled for its support of activists facing prosecution.
The Prime Minister said this on Friday after ultra-royalists called for the human rights group to be expelled for its support of activists facing prosecution.
Earlier this week, a royalist group wrote to the government saying Amnesty’s campaign to end criminal charges against protesters calling for monarchy reform undermined national security.
Over 1,600 activists are currently facing security-related charges, including 160 under Section 112, the royal defamation law, which carries a maximum 15-year prison sentence.
Gen Prayut said at a Friday news conference that the police and the Interior Ministry are checking whether violations of the law have occurred.
Their license will be revoked if Amnesty International is found guilty of wrongdoings, he maintained.
Since last year, youth-led protests have challenged decades-old taboos against criticism of the monarchy. Earlier this month, the Constitutional Court determined that the actions of three protest leaders amounted to an attempt to overthrow the government and ordered all such activities to cease.
Amnesty International said in a statement that it has been working in Thailand for decades and will continue to fight to prevent, monitor, and hold states, corporations, and others accountable for human rights abuses.
“We will continue to pursue this independently and impartially based on facts,” said Amnesty, one of several groups critical of the Thai government’s prosecution of political activists.
Source: Bangkok Post