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An 85 year old scholar is on trial in Thailand for (seriously) questioning the accuracy of historical accounts of a 16th century elephant battle. Under Thailand’s lese majeste law, he faces up to 15 years in prison for this offense.
And a VICE investigation has revealed that the UK is training Sri Lanka’s notorious Special Task Force, a militarized police unit implicated in torture and extrajudicial killings. A manager of Police Scotland’s international training unit had this to say in defense of the program: “We didn’t teach them in that [torture], we taught, erm…”