May 14, 2015
by Elizabeth Dennis
JURIST guest columnist Roy S. Gutterman of the Syracuse University College of Law discusses recent changes to Malaysian sedition law...Sedition, laws criminalizing criticism of a monarchy or government, is not as anachronistic as knights in shining armor or a moat around the castle. In fact, in ...[read more]
April 1, 2015
by Peter Snyder
A military court in Thailand Tuesday sentenced a businessman to 25 years in prison for posting messages critical of the Thai royal family on Facebook. Theinsutham Suthijittaseranee was found guilty of five counts of of lèse majesté, with each count garnering a 10-year sentence. The sentence was r... ...[read more]
March 20, 2015
by Emelina Perez
The Bangkok Military Court on Friday sentenced 67-year-old Opas Chansuksai to 18 months in prison for insulting the monarchy under the nation's lese majeste laws. Chansuksai was arrested for insulting King Bhumibol Adulyadej in bathroom graffitti last October, and later confessed to the charges. ...[read more]
February 23, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
The Thailand Criminal Court on Monday sentenced two activists to 30 months in prison for insulting the monarchy under the country's strict lese-majeste laws. The two activists are a 24-year old female and 27-year-old male who were involved in a play called "The Wolf Bride" at Bangkok's Thamnast ...[read more]
November 24, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A military court in Thailand on Monday sentenced web editor Nut Rungwong to four-and-a-half years in jail for publishing an article five years ago that the court ruled defamed the nation's king. Thailand's lese-majeste law, which punishes people who defame, insult or threaten the monarchy, is one ...[read more]
November 4, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A Thai court sentenced university student Akkaradet Eiamsuwan to two-and-a-half years in prison for posting a message on Facebook that the court said insulted the country's king. The criminal court judge found Eiamsuwan guilty of violating the nation's lese majeste law, which punishes people who ...[read more]
October 28, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A Bahrain court on Tuesday ordered the country's main Shiite opposition group, Al-Wefaq to suspend all activities. Bahrain's Ministry of Justice filed the lawsuit in July. The ruling means that Al-Wefaq cannot operate for three months in the Gulf island kingdom. The group cannot organize rallies ...[read more]
October 19, 2014
by William Helbling
Prominent Thai scholar Sulak Sivaraksa was cited in a criminal complaint on Thursday for his comments about a Thai king who died 400 years ago. Two retired senior army officers filed the criminal complaint, which included a charge of lese-majeste, or intentionally insulting the monarchy. The ...[read more]
September 21, 2014
by William Helbling
A Bahrain appellate court on Sunday confirmed five-year prison sentences for nine Shiites convicted of violating protest laws. The nine Shiites were accused of violating protest laws after they orchestrated an effort calling for the overthrow of the Sunni Monarchy. The activists allegedly used ...[read more]
August 20, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed concern Tuesday that the prosecution and sentencing of lese-majeste cases by Thailand's ruling military junta threaten citizens' rights of free expression. According to the press release, 13 new cases have been opened for ...[read more]

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