Anti-Materials Provoking Dangerous Behaviours Bill
Last week, the Thai Cabinet submitted to the National Legislative Assembly an Anti-Materials Provoking Dangerous Behaviours
Like the Film Act, this bill seems to have been written with such autocratic motives that threaten to violate our basic human rights.
The bill aims at curbing the making and distribution of
''sexually perverse'' and ''suicide-inducing'' materials through books, photographs, moving images, telephone as well as other electronic media.
What's disturbing is that this bill deems it a criminal offence for anyone to
possess such materials, and that to facilitate the enforcement of this law, government officials have the right to enter residences, places or vehicles suspected to contain such materials... without having to obtain a search warrant.
The law defines acts of sexual perversion as sex between three or more participants, including group sex , sexual act that employs tools or equipment that could be harmful to the body and life , sex between ancestor and
offspring , and sex with animals or corpses .
Since this country is being ruled by the military, we should study every new legislation carefully with the knowledge that the Parliament which holds the power to pass
it is not a legitimate body of elected representatives. The military, at every point in the history of mankind, has never been respected as a champion of human rights, and any law that allows state officials to enter our homes without a search warrant
sounds alarmingly Stalinist.
Such a law automatically swings open a door for the rulers to exploit it for political manipulation, to retrieve and monitor private information, all this at the expense of the people's basic
rights, including, if I may, the right to watch Debbie Does Dallas in the privacy of one's own home.