87 Years of Jail Time for Violating 112 - It Is Inhuman!
Is sharing audio clips a crime worth 87 years of jail? In Thailand the Criminal Court seems to think so as it sentenced Anchan, a 63-year old woman to that punishment, claiming that she violated Article 112. This is the longest, harshest and most cruel sentence EVER under 112!!
Anchan’s ‘crime’ was to upload 29 audio clips of ‘Banpot’, a radio host who criticized the Thai Monarchy on Youtube. During the investigation, Anchan pleaded guilty of lèse-majesté and the Court reduced her sentence in half to 43 years.
It clearly showcases that Thailand is a DICTATORSHIP, with the cruel military-backed government excessively weaponizing 112 to crackdown on dissents and create an environment of fear to speak truth to power!
Article 112 has been condemned by several UN human rights monitoring bodies as it is a violation of freedom of expression. They have called for Article 112 to be amended or repealed! Although their call was ignored by the Thai government in the past, Anchan's case is another proof that Article 112 is an excessive and unnecessary harsh sentence, to the point that it is inhuman. And it is time for us to talk about it!
We call for for Article 112 to be repealed! We urge Thai authorities, including the judicial system, to recognize and protect the basic human rights of Thai citizens! Speaking Truth to Power should never be a crime!