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“Lèse-majesté”: A Distinctive Character of Thai Democracy amidst the Global Democratic Movement

Recently, certain Thai academics have put forward a proposal that lèse-majesté law in Thailand should be abolished. This call has been met with many comments and criticisms, in favour and against, from Thais and foreigners alike. All these views can be summarized into two main themes. First, a lèse-majesté offence contravenes the democratic principle of freedom of expression, and, second, lèse-majesté allegations have been abused by accusers for political gain.

Recently, certain Thai academics have put forward a proposal that lèse-majesté law in Thailand should be abolished. This call has been met with many comments and criticisms, in favour and against, from Thais and foreigners alike. All these views can be summarized into two main themes. First, a lèse-majesté offence contravenes the democratic principle of freedom of expression, and, second, lèse-majesté allegations have been abused by accusers for political gain.

 

 

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Democracy and Rule of Law in Thailand

The rule of law is an essential element of democracy and one of the institutions which has the responsibility to uphold the rule of law is the judicairy.

Democracy and Rule of Law in Thailand: Judicialization of Politics or Politicization of the Judiciary

Professor Emeritus Dr. Suchit Bunbongkarn

 

 

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Mission Statement and Policies of NCPO

1. Mission statement  To end the conflict among the Thai people, to drive the economy forward and to restore confidence under the executive, legislative and judicial frameworks by exercising the royal prerogatives of the King through such frameworks in the same tradition in which a regular government has exercised such powers, with the institution of the monarchy remaining above all conflicts.  Build trust and confidence amongst foreign nations and international organizations in the international arena on the basis of protecting national interests.  Build confidence for foreign investment and other foreign business dealings in Thailand.  Create stability in all dimensions – political, economic, social and cultural – to transition the democratic system in Thailand, with the King as Head of State, towards universally accepted standards, with trust from all sides.  Coordinate viewpoints and seek common ground among people with different opinions, with the national interest foremost in mind.  Elevate education levels and build standards of living in accordance with the sufficiency economy approach under a sustainable democratic system of governance with the King as Head of State.
Mission Statement and Policies
of the Head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)
 

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Democracy and Monarchy in Thailand

Absolute monarchy, which has prevailed in Thailand for seven centuries, was replaced by constitutional monarchy through a coup by middle ranking military officers on June 24, 1932.

Professor Emeritus Dr. Suchit Bunbongkarn

 

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Thai Food

It is probably not an easy task for anyone to trace back the history of Thai food. However, the salient characteristics of Thai food are obvious, and they are hot, hotter, and hottest; to be more precise, spicy, spicier, and spiciest. Complementary to that, a myriad of tastes adds to the distinctiveness of Thai food. Thai cuisine is now one of the world’s most sought-after, and the famous dish, Tom Yam Kung, is definitely top on the list.

 

 

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MUAY THAI (Thai Boxing)

Muay Thai, or Thai boxing, the most favorite martial arts of the Thai has been in existence for almost as long as the Thai themselves. Muay Thai is best known in the global community, especially among martial arts and boxing enthusiasts, for its various types of blows, and its coordinated utilization of all hard parts of the body with effectiveness and agility. Blows common to Muay Thai are forward and backward elbow strikes, knee strikes, swing and reversing kicks, and foot jabbing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Future of Thai Monarchy

At Suvarnabhumi Airport's Terminal C and D, international passengers can see a huge golden-framed picture showing a gathering of 28 Kings, Queens and royal members from around the world who came to Bangkok (“City of Angels”) to congratulate the world's longest reigning King in June 2006.

Kavi Chongkittavorn

 

 

 

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Ten Principles of a Righteous King and the King of Thailand

On 5 May 1950, the Coronation Day, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej affirmed in His Accession Speech in front of the Grand Audience of venerable monks and Brahmins, members of the royal family, cabinet ministers, members of parliament, judges, military officers and civil servants that

Ten Principles of a Righteous King
and the King of Thailand

Professor Emeritus Borwornsak Uwanno
Faculty of Law, Chulalongkorn University

 

 

 

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