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UN urges Thailand to revise laws against insults of monarchy

AP  |  Geneva 

The UN human rights office has said Thailand should bring its laws criminalizing insults against the monarchy in line with international

Office spokesman Rupert Colville made the appeal yesterday, days after a Thai military handed down what's considered the longest-ever sentence for the offense of lese majeste: A 35-year prison sentence to man for posts deemed defamatory to the monarchy.



Colville said his office was "very concerned by the rise in the number of lese majeste prosecutions in Thailand since 2014 and the severity of the sentencing."

It cited statistics provided by Thai authorities showing a sharp drop in the number of people who have successfully defended themselves against such charges, falling from about one-quarter of people charged in 2013 to just 4 percent last year.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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UN urges Thailand to revise laws against insults of monarchy

The UN human rights office has said Thailand should bring its laws criminalizing insults against the monarchy in line with international law. Office spokesman Rupert Colville made the appeal yesterday, days after a Thai military court handed down what's considered the longest-ever sentence for the offense of lese majeste: A 35-year prison sentence to man for social media posts deemed defamatory to the monarchy. Colville said his office was "very concerned by the rise in the number of lese majeste prosecutions in Thailand since 2014 and the severity of the sentencing." It cited statistics provided by Thai authorities showing a sharp drop in the number of people who have successfully defended themselves against such charges, falling from about one-quarter of people charged in 2013 to just 4 percent last year. The UN human rights office has said Thailand should bring its laws criminalizing insults against the monarchy in line with international

Office spokesman Rupert Colville made the appeal yesterday, days after a Thai military handed down what's considered the longest-ever sentence for the offense of lese majeste: A 35-year prison sentence to man for posts deemed defamatory to the monarchy.

Colville said his office was "very concerned by the rise in the number of lese majeste prosecutions in Thailand since 2014 and the severity of the sentencing."

It cited statistics provided by Thai authorities showing a sharp drop in the number of people who have successfully defended themselves against such charges, falling from about one-quarter of people charged in 2013 to just 4 percent last year.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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UN urges Thailand to revise laws against insults of monarchy

The UN human rights office has said Thailand should bring its laws criminalizing insults against the monarchy in line with international

Office spokesman Rupert Colville made the appeal yesterday, days after a Thai military handed down what's considered the longest-ever sentence for the offense of lese majeste: A 35-year prison sentence to man for posts deemed defamatory to the monarchy.

Colville said his office was "very concerned by the rise in the number of lese majeste prosecutions in Thailand since 2014 and the severity of the sentencing."

It cited statistics provided by Thai authorities showing a sharp drop in the number of people who have successfully defended themselves against such charges, falling from about one-quarter of people charged in 2013 to just 4 percent last year.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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