Thailand Lawyers BSA Law Give Expert Legal Opinion On Protest Debacle

Top Quote The protests that have held much of Bangkok hostage over the past months, as well as in 2008, have been a massive crash causing long-lasting national and international ripples. Many have been asking why this is allowed to happen. Expert Thailand corporate legal service BSA Law has explained the basis for the controversy under Thai law. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) June 03, 2010 - Bangkok, Thailand - The long-running, on-again off-again protests in Bangkok have had a massive impact on the entire country and left many special interest groups questioning how a minority group could be allowed to have such a widespread impact on life in Thailand. Expert Thailand legal service, BSA Law, has explained the difficulties under Thai law that have allowed the protests to occur.

    Apisakde Kongkangwanchoke, senior lawyer at BSA Law, says that the Thai law failing is two-sided. "We have neither a Thai law to support people's right to protest, or to protect the rights of the general public when a protest is organized. This is a major oversight".

    At BSA Law, the Thailand lawyers would like to see several legal changes to prevent this type of situation recurring:
    Laws regulating where and when protests can be held
    Regulations ensuring that organized protests adhere to existing Thai laws
    Laws that explicitly protect a citizen's right to protest

    Mr Kongkangwanchoke would also like to see that "the Thai laws should not be so prescriptive that they are not open to intelligent interpretation in the court system - we need both legal avenues to properly support citizen's rights", he said.

    "We've seen many changes to Thai law over the past aimed at mitigating the effect of the protests, and these all cost ordinary Thai citizens money. This isn't just a Bangkok problem", Mr Kongkangwanchoke concluded.

    Chai Srivikorn, president of the Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association also supports the idea of a protest law to "at least assure people that protests will have a limit", and that the right to protest doesn't infringe on the rights of other people.

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