UN urges Thailand to revise laws against insults of monarchy Geneva

UN urges Thailand to revise laws against insults of monarchy GenevaUpdated on : 14-06-2017 08:45 AM
The UN human rights office has said Thailand should bring its laws criminalizing insults against the monarchy in line with international law.

Office spokesman Rupert Colville made the appeal on Tuesday, days after a Thai military court handed down what's considered the longest-ever sentence for the offense of lese majeste: A 35-year prison sentence to man for social media posts deemed defamatory to the monarchy.

Colville said his office was "very concerned by the rise in the number of lese majeste prosecutions in Thailand since 2014 and the severity of the sentencing."

It cited statistics provided by Thai authorities showing a sharp drop in the number of people who have successfully defended themselves against such charges, falling from about one-quarter of people charged in 2013 to just 4 percent last year.


Indian American among 12 new NASA astronauts

Indian American among 12 new NASA astronauts

Updated on : 08-06-2017 07:27 PM
Indian American Raja Chari, a lieutenant colonel with the US Air Force, is among 12 new astronaut candidates selected by NASA who will take part in future deep space missions.
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Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday launched the new website of DD News, www.ddnews.gov.in.

Updated on : 06-07-2017 02:16 PM

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