OHCHR concerned with "lese majeste" cases

Breaking News August 19, 2014 23:04

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UN High Commissioner fo human rights Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani expressed concerns on the prosecution of individuals in Thailand under the lese majeste law.

In the statement released by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Shamdasani said "We are seriously concerned about the prosecution and harsh sentencing of individuals in Thailand under the country's lese majeste law."

"Such measures are adding to the larger pattern of increasing restrictions on freedom of expression in Thailand."

Since the May 22 coup, at least 13 new lese majeste cases have been opened for investigation while other cases where charges had previously not been laid, have been revived.

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