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<p>The criminal court has refused to take legal action against the Thai junta leader and his associates for staging a coup d’état against the former elected administration and the former constitution.</p>
<p>An anti-junta group plans to file charges against the Thai junta leader and his associates for instigating rebellion to topple the constitution. &nbsp;</p>
<div>Thai constitutional drafters, under the military regime, is including regulations on ‘hate speech’ in the new constitutional draft for the first time in Thai law.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Kamnoon Sidhisaman, the spokesperson of the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC), announced the results of the CDC meeting on freedom of expression that on top of mentioning vaguely that freedom of expression is guaranteed with the limitations of respect towards the rights of others, the committee has included ‘hate speech’ into the new draft constitution.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Kamnoon said </div>
<div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Nitirat, or Enlightened Jurists, a group of law academics from Thammasat University, Bangkok, on Sunday condemned the Election Commission (EC) for intentionally delaying the by-elections for the MPs, and pointed out how parliamentarians or citizens can remove Election Commissioners from office.&nbsp;</div> <div> </div>
<div>The Constitutional Court’s latest ruling was full of serious errors, pointed out the courageous “Nitirat” group of law academics after the Court judged last week that the attempt by the ruling Pheu Thai MPs to amend the coup-makers’ charter to change the senate from being partly elected and partly appointed to fully elected was unconstitutional. The group also urged the Parliament to defy the court's decision.</div> <div> </div>
By Harrison George |
<p>The Constitutional Court ruling that it is unconstitutional to amend the Constitution is proof of the sacrosanct nature of the document, so unutterably perfect that no change could possibly be an improvement.&nbsp; Perhaps it is time to go back and review how this flawless piece of work came about.</p> <p></p>
<p><a href="">Surapon Nitikraipot</a>, Rector of Thammasat University, has spoken in a public forum in defence of the 2006 coup and its resulting constitution. &nbsp;He argued that anti-coup activists should have also opposed the 1997 Constitution, as it resulted from a coup in 1991. &nbsp;As a law professor himself, he said that there were no double standards in prosecuting the red and yellow shirts, except that the cases were being handled sooner or later. &nbsp;</p>