Courts and Judges are Not Above the Law

Rangsit University on Sunday arranged a forum on the current political situation with participation from academics and representatives of the civil society. One of the participants, Charas Suwanmala, the rector of the Faculty of Political Science, said threatening and pressuring the court was not democratic and urged the government to protect the court. The court must be given more power if the government wanted to make the charter more democratic, he said.

This is on the assumption that the court is acting in the best interest of the Thai people – and the due process is fair, respects liberty and is in itself transparent. If it is not, then the onus is upon the Government which legitimately represents the majority to ensure that democratic values are followed.

Courts and judges are not and cannot be above the law. If they are, then where is the spirit of democracy and transparency?


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