Nitirat and the lese majeste petition to parliament-PPT
June 1, 2012
[CJ Hinke of FACT comments: Sriburapha Auditorium at Thammasat University was where Khana Nitirat was begun 112 days ago to acquire the 10,000 signatures of Thai citizens who had voted in the last election required by law to petition government to amend Thailand’s brutal lèse majesté laws. In fact, nearly 10,000 citizens signed in the first few days of the initiative. 38,281 in total signed but more than 10,000 were disqualified as ineligible. The final tally of 27,296 Thai voters, nearly three times the number necessary, who want the L-M laws fixed shows up dramatically the lies that politicians have been spreading about their universal support. Looks like Thammasat University finally decided to support academic freedom on campus. Note to govt: Your election mandate was to serve the people you represent. These signatures are those of Thai voters. If you refuse to address this issue, you’ll soon find yourselves at home working on your knitting…]
Political Prisoners in Thailand: May 28, 2012
It is interesting that the Nitirat group has been able to collect more than 27,000 signatures to allow it to petition parliament “to sponsor a bill to prevent abuse of the lese majeste law.” This is almost double the number of signatures required.
The Campaign Committee for Amendment of Article 112 recently held a rally at Thammasat University to provide details. Originally, 38,281 people signed the petition, but the committee found 27,296 were eligible to sign.
The committee is scheduled to present the petition to parliament on Tuesday.
The report states that:
Thammasat auditorium was filled with red-shirt supporters who back the Article 112 amendment. The demonstrators said they would band together until Article 112 is either annulled or rewritten to stop it from being manipulated as a political tool.
The Campaign Committee said that the lese majeste law was widely abused by “pro-coup politicians and activists used the law to gag their critics.”
Both of the main royalist parliamentary parties, the misnamed Democrat Party and the Puea Thai Party, have both stated that they will ignore the petition. As PPT understands it, their intention to not act on the petition is quite possibly unconstitutional, although we doubt the royalist Constitutional Court would rule in line with the provisions of the constitution on lese majeste.