Suntariya Muanpawong

Research Judge, Supreme Court of Thailand
Feature26.07.2018
Suntariya Muanpawong

My work as a judge has a direct effect on the restriction of freedom. I always try to put myself in other people’s shoes to fully understand their predicament. However, judges like me are just in the downstream of the process. While we can only implement what is written in the law, we are committed to protecting people’s freedom. Freedom is the core value of a democratic society. Unfortunately, I find that freedom is misunderstood in Thailand. People call for freedom, but their call for freedom violates other people’s rights. An example for this is rationalizing hate speech and freedom of expression. The importance of freedom is more often realized only when it has become restricted. Consequently, this extends to the limitation of available opportunities. The court’s partnership with FNF, which we have had for 10 years, becomes more important given this challenge.