Thailand Abolishes Nepal Abolishing Monarchy

BANGKOK – In one of its first major pieces of legislation as the elected government of the Kingdom of Thailand, the House of Representatives has voted unanimously to abolish any acknowledgement, reporting, or discussion of the recent decision by Nepal to abolish its own monarchy and become a republic. In a prepared statement read at a press conference, speaker Yongyuth Tiyapairat announced that... 

Lese-Majeste Law Expanded To Include Lese-Majeste Accusations

BANGKOK – In a sweeping new reform that is expected to change forever the status of the Thai monarchy, the government has announced an amendment to the Constitution that further widens the scope of the Kingdom’s long-standing lese-majeste laws prohibiting criticism of the royal family. Under Amendment 10-9982, the list of actions qualifying as lese-majeste now include the accusation of lese-majeste....