New law criminalises criticism against Constitutional Court

The Constitutional Court have been granted a legal immunity from criticism, and power to settle conflict between state agencies. Although the new law allows ordinary people to petition to the court directly, the process is still problematic, said a human rights advocacy group.   On 2 February 2018, the royal gazette published the Organic Act on Constitutional Court. Its Article 38 prohibits rude, sarcastic and murderous criticism against orders and verdicts made by the court, with the possible sentence of up to one month in jail and fine up to 50,000 baht.   According to iLaw, a human rights advocacy group, the law also grants the court power to settle dispute between state agencies if that dispute relates to the constitutional authority and responsibility of the House of Representatives, the Senate, the Parliament, the government cabinet and the constitutional organisations.   iLaw added that the new law also allows ordinary...


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