Govt prepares new directives on witchcraft

Govt prepares new directives on witchcraft - TNA, October 12, 2004
...Mr. Weerasak Khowsurat, Vice Minister for Culture, said today that in the immediate term, the government would seek to use the 1996 Civil Service Administration Act to allow Interior Ministry officials to determine whether local spirit houses were adversely affecting communities, or whether legislation was being broken.
However, Mr. Weerasak stressed that the government had no intention of trampling on ancient beliefs, many of which gave local people a considerable amount of psychological support.
In the long term, the government is looking at extending the 1985 Spirit House Act to require all spirit houses to be registered with the Interior Ministry.
This would also require any people believing themselves to have special spiritual powers to inform the authorities of their activities...
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