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By Kongpob Areerat |
<p dir="ltr">To amend woes in the new constitution, the Thai junta premier has once again enacted absolute power to issue an order aimed at patronising and protecting Buddhism and other faiths. However, experts warn the order could be used by the authorities as a license to suppress rights and liberty.</p> <p></p>
<p>Thailand’s Buddhist religious authorities have announced a policy to defrock monks who post ‘inappropriate’ messages and other online content on social media.</p> <p>Chayaphon Pongsida, the Deputy Director of the Office of National Buddhism (ONB), announced on Tuesday, 17 November 2015, that Mahathera Samakhom, the Sangha (clergy) Supreme Council of Thailand, recently came up with a new policy to control the online behaviour of Buddhist monks.</p>
<p dir="ltr">Conservative Buddhist organisations in Thailand calls on the authorities to review a horror movie about a young novice, saying that the film insults Buddhism and Buddhist monks.</p>
By Kongpob Areerat |
<p>The junta cabinet has approved a bill on religion which can be used to prosecute, with jail terms, people who propagate ‘incorrect’ versions of Buddhist doctrines or cause harm to Buddhism. The bill also posts jail terms specifically for homosexual monks.</p> <p></p>