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Thai princess campaigns to establish global rule of law
Working with UN towards equal justice for all
Picture: United Nations
- Jakarta Post/AP
- October 15, 2013
A Thai princess who became a criminal prosecutor and launched a campaign to help incarcerated women is now embarking on a global campaign to promote the rule of law and make "equal justice" a U.N. goal.
At the age of 34, Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol is Thailand's ambassador to Austria and to the U.N. agencies in Vienna, including the Office on Drugs and Crime.
The eldest grandchild of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the eldest child of Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, she is also the driving force behind "The Bangkok Dialogue on the Rule of Law," an international conference in the Thai capital on Nov. 15.
The day-long conference will bring together several current and former world leaders — including Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and East Timor's former president Jose Ramos Horta — as well as global experts to discuss how justice and the rule of law are crucial to reducing poverty and promoting peace and economic development.
"Society cannot grow if there is instability and injustice," Princess Bajrakitiyabha said in an interview Monday.
"Without the rule of law, without a good justice system it's always chaos," she said. "I think the rule of law is a very important pillar to development, to economic growth, and of course to human rights."
The princess, who is a staunch advocate of the rule of law, comes from a country whose lese majeste law protects the Thai monarchy from defamation. It is the world's harshest and mandates a jail term of three to 15 years for violators.
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Source: Jakarta Post