The Thai military, which helped the country’s establishment create an unassailable monarchy to further its ends, now finds that it has created an uncontrollable figure in the form of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, the 67-year-old monarch who took the throne on the death of his revered father in 2016.
Those who vehemently oppose the repressive – and often racist, bigoted and economically predatory states – call attention to Myanmar’s Rohingya people as the most terrorised by their own government.
The Criminal Code may yet be revised so that human rights like freedom of expression and association are better protected. But this requires the mobilisation of civil society in a way that has not been seen since General Suharto was ousted in 1998. It seems more likely that the pace of Islamization of the country has only faced a temporary setback.
FORSEA Co-founder Maung Zarni paid homage to South Korea’s fallen democrats and rights activists at the May 18 National Cemetery, Gwangju, South Korea.