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New law criminalises criticism of Constitutional Court

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

 

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