How an activist Buddhist convinced Thai king law on insulting monarchy was being abused

Sporting a panama hat, his signature collarless shirt and sarong-like longyi, Sulak Sivaraksa addressed an auditorium at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University this month on the disappearance of fellow activist Sombath Somphone.

The Laotian citizen went missing at a police checkpoint in Vientiane in 2012.

“Sombath is a good friend of mine,” says Sulak, who at the age of 86 remains Thailand’s best-known political gadfly. His long career as a social critic and activist has driven him into exile…

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