The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced the relaxation of some Covid-19 control measures as the number of new cases per day continues to drop.
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced the relaxation of some Covid-19 control measures as the number of new cases per day continues to drop. According to BBC Thai, Gen Somsak Rungsita, Secretary-General of the National Security Council (NSC), said that businesses that...
Boats in Mekong river Amidst the spreading of the Coronavirus 2019 in every corner of the world, the government in each country, as well as the departments, organizations, and other related parties are vigorously collaborating in solving the problem with a hope of surviving the disaster that is...
Thousands of foreign nationals who are married to Thai citizens are expressing their concerns and frustrations over the Thai government’s travel restrictions because they are not included among those allowed into the country, leaving them stranded overseas, separated from their loved ones.
Thousands of foreign nationals who are married to Thai citizens are expressing their concerns and frustrations over the Thai government’s travel restrictions because they are not included among those allowed into the country, leaving them stranded overseas, separated from their loved ones....
The woman human right defender of the anti-mining Rak Ban Haeng Group in Lampang received a visit and intimidation by the police on Thursday, after publicly reading statement echoing the calls of the People’s Movement of 5 Regions that demands the government to revoke Emergency Decree.
The woman human right defender of the anti-mining Rak Ban Haeng Group in Lampang received a visit and intimidation by the police on Thursday, after publicly reading statement echoing the calls of the People’s Movement of 5 Regions that demands the government to revoke Emergency Decree. Sommai...
Move Forward MP Prasertpong Sornnuwat has submitted a letter to the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources calling for it to legally intervene in the construction of 4 seawalls in Songkhla Province. The Department said that it could not halt construction right away as no proof of damage was presented, although some of the beach has already been dug up. 
Move Forward MP Prasertpong Sornnuwat has submitted a letter to the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources calling for it to legally intervene in the construction of 4 seawalls in Songkhla Province. The Department said that it could not halt construction right away as no proof of damage was...
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced the relaxation of some Covid-19 control measures as the number of new cases per day continues to drop.
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced the relaxation of some Covid-19 control measures as the number of new cases per day continues to drop. According to BBC Thai, Gen Somsak Rungsita, Secretary-General of the National Security Council (NSC), said that businesses that...
Thousands of foreign nationals who are married to Thai citizens are expressing their concerns and frustrations over the Thai government’s travel restrictions because they are not included among those allowed into the country, leaving them stranded overseas, separated from their loved ones.
Thousands of foreign nationals who are married to Thai citizens are expressing their concerns and frustrations over the Thai government’s travel restrictions because they are not included among those allowed into the country, leaving them stranded overseas, separated from their loved ones....
The cabinet decided on Tuesday afternoon (26 May) to extend the State of Emergency to the end of June, while civil society organizations have called for the Emergency Decree to be lifted, raising concerns about abuse of power in situations unrelated to the pandemic.
The cabinet decided on Tuesday afternoon (26 May) to extend the State of Emergency to the end of June, while civil society organizations have called for the Emergency Decree to be lifted, raising concerns about abuse of power in situations unrelated to the pandemic. Police officers at the Bangkok...
Guerilla message projection and online sharing are being used as protest movements as the Covid-19 Emergency Decree is used to prosecute and prevent offline gatherings, foreshadowing many days which could trigger public discussions and gatherings.
Guerilla message projection and online sharing are being used as protest movements as the Covid-19 Emergency Decree is used to prosecute and prevent offline gatherings, foreshadowing many days which could trigger public discussions and gatherings. In May, Thai politics has moved online as public...
Police in Songkhla Province have turned down a request to hold an anti-seawall public gathering at Muang Ngam beach, claiming it would violate the Emergency Decree on Covid-19 control. Many people still went to express their objections on the beach where the construction is taking place, while police took video recordings and photos.
Police in Songkhla Province have turned down a request to hold an anti-seawall public gathering at Muang Ngam beach, claiming it would violate the Emergency Decree on Covid-19 control. Many people still went to express their objections on the beach where the construction is taking place, while...
Boxing stadium receptionist Wuttisak Muangmaitong opens up about his experience of recovering from the COVID-19 virus and facing social stigmatization as a survivor. 
Interview by Nutcha TantivitayapitakEnglish translation by Anna LawattanatrakulFirst published on Prachatai “Today, there are thousands of people who have been cured. No one dares to come out and give an interview and this is why. If you speak out, you drag your friends, your family and people...
The war against the communists ended long ago over but the facts about the violence of the time are still not clear. We do not know the exact number of lives lost, particularly of villagers living in remote areas. Even the losses that happened in the middle of the city such as the events of Oct 14, Oct 6, May 1992, and May 2010, still remain obscure and the facts have not been proven.There has been no punishment for those responsible for these events, so it is hard for Thai society to learn lessons in order to prevent violence in the future.
1The Deep South: The Numbness of Repeated Loss   Saya berita nok beri tahuI have news to tell you Dalae bongo berito hok Baru-baruBreaking news from Ba ngo Subdistrict Demo bedey ore dok tebae kayuThey shot people cutting wood Buleh mikey kito anok Melayu(Wondering) Perhaps because they were Malay...
The events at dawn on 24 June 1932 can be counted as a point that divided Thai history into 2 eras, the old and the new, the era of the absolute monarchy and the era of democracy.  But this has disappeared from the record of history as it is taught in social studies, just as the inheritance left behind by the People’s Party (Khana Ratsadon) is gradually being destroyed.
“The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting” Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting The events at dawn on 24 June 1932 can be counted as a point that divided Thai history into 2 eras, the old and the new, the era of the absolute monarchy and the era...
Joshua Wong updates on the Hong Kong protest and address allegations by Gen Apirat Kongsompong, Thai Royal Army Chief. 
Joshua Wong updates on the Hong Kong protest and address allegations by Gen Apirat Kongsompong, Thai Royal Army Chief.  “If we are in a new cold war, Hong Kong is the new Berlin.” A video of Joshua Wong giving this statement in Germany was played in a lecture given to military students by Gen...
The judicial establishment and extreme right wing have tried to belittle a judge’s suicide attempt, but his 25-page verdict has kick-started a campaign for reform of the judiciary. 
The judicial establishment and extreme right wing have tried to belittle a judge’s suicide attempt, but his 25-page verdict has kick-started a campaign for reform of the judiciary.  Dr. Wisoot Binlateh, a representative of the Sheikhul Islam Office of Thailand, paid a visit to Khanakorn. Source: ...
The war against the communists ended long ago over but the facts about the violence of the time are still not clear. We do not know the exact number of lives lost, particularly of villagers living in remote areas. Even the losses that happened in the middle of the city such as the events of Oct 14, Oct 6, May 1992, and May 2010, still remain obscure and the facts have not been proven.There has been no punishment for those responsible for these events, so it is hard for Thai society to learn lessons in order to prevent violence in the future.
1The Deep South: The Numbness of Repeated Loss   Saya berita nok beri tahuI have news to tell you Dalae bongo berito hok Baru-baruBreaking news from Ba ngo Subdistrict Demo bedey ore dok tebae kayuThey shot people cutting wood Buleh mikey kito anok Melayu(Wondering) Perhaps because they were Malay...
Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) have issued statements condemning the double bombing attack outside the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre (SBPAC) in Yala on Tuesday (18 March).
Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) have issued statements condemning the double bombing attack outside the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre (SBPAC) in Yala on Tuesday (18 March). The Southern Border Provinces...
Wound of the Soul, a documentary by The Pen, tells the story of the effects of national security laws, such as martial law, emergency decree, and the National Security Act, on those who live in the Deep South. 
Wound of the Soul, a documentary by The Pen, tells the story of the effects of national security laws, such as martial law, emergency decree, and the National Security Act, on those who live in the Deep South.  Over 7000 people have been summoned under these special laws. Meanwhile, data from the...
The Department of Fine Arts has announced that it will be reducing the area of a designated archaeological site on a mountain in Yala where several prehistoric paintings have been discovered, in order to open up the area for rock mining.
The Department of Fine Arts has announced that it will be reducing the area of a designated archaeological site on a mountain in Yala where several prehistoric paintings have been discovered, in order to open up the area for rock mining. The People Protecting Yala Mountain Network at the Ministry...
Thousands of university and high school students holding demonstrations in campuses all over the country shows that the tide is turning in Thailand. Although big change has yet to come, the agents of change are getting ready. 
Student shows three-fingers sign to protest against government at Thammasat University, Rangsit Campus on 26 February 2020 Thousands of university and high school students holding demonstrations in campuses all over the country shows that the tide is turning in Thailand. Although big change has...

News

Jun 1, 2020
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced the relaxation of some Covid-19 control measures as the number of new cases per day continues to drop.
May 29, 2020
Move Forward MP Prasertpong Sornnuwat has submitted a letter to the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources calling for it to legally intervene in the construction of 4 seawalls in Songkhla Province. The Department said that it could not halt construction right away as no proof of damage was presented, although some of the beach has already been dug up. 
May 27, 2020
The cabinet decided on Tuesday afternoon (26 May) to extend the State of Emergency to the end of June, while civil society organizations have called for the Emergency Decree to be lifted, raising concerns about abuse of power in situations unrelated to the pandemic.

Highlight

17 Apr 2020

Boxing stadium receptionist Wuttisak Muangmaitong opens up about his experience of recovering from the COVID-19 virus and facing social stigmatization as a survivor. 

15 Apr 2020

11 human rights organizations issued a joint open letter to the Department of Corrections Director-General Pol Col Naras Savestanan calling for the Thai authorities to take immediate steps to release prisoners and ensure the health and safety of all those in detention facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

10 Apr 2020

In light of the serious threat posed to prisoners by the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, FIDH and its undersigned member organisations recall governments' obligation to ensure the safety and health of detained individuals that are under their responsibility, and launch a campaign, #ForFreedom, to call for the release of all jailed human rights defenders (HRDs).

Feature

May 29, 2020
Thousands of foreign nationals who are married to Thai citizens are expressing their concerns and frustrations over the Thai government’s travel restrictions because they are not included among those allowed into the country, leaving them stranded overseas, separated from their loved ones.
May 26, 2020
Three Thai exchange students in the US share their experience of facing government restrictions as they try to return home after their programmes were cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic.
May 20, 2020
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Thai monks are returning the favor to the communities around their temples by setting up food donation spots, a concept which has also moved online. Mutita Chuachang investigates. 

Round Up

May 27, 2020
Guerilla message projection and online sharing are being used as protest movements as the Covid-19 Emergency Decree is used to prosecute and prevent offline gatherings, foreshadowing many days which could trigger public discussions and gatherings.
May 24, 2020
Protests have been staged in Bangkok and other provinces to mark the 6th anniversary of the 2014 coup d’état. Students were fined for breaking traffic laws as they drove around displaying banners. A red shirt activist and former MP were arrested and charged with violating the Emergency Decree for organizing a contagion-risk activity.
May 16, 2020
8 May marks 1 year since Siam Theerawut went missing after being extradited from Vietnam along with other 2 self-exiled activists. His family’s attempts to discover his whereabouts have yielded no progress.

Interview

Apr 17, 2020
Boxing stadium receptionist Wuttisak Muangmaitong opens up about his experience of recovering from the COVID-19 virus and facing social stigmatization as a survivor. 
Jan 6, 2020
Prachatai English spoke with human rights lawyer, activist, domestic abuse survivor, and founder of SHero, an organization combatting domestic violence, Busayapa “Best” Srisompong, about how Thai police handle complaints of domestic violence.
Dec 27, 2019
Prachatai English interviews Polish political scientist Rafał Pankowski, Associate Professor at the Collegium Civitas in Warsaw, head of the "Never Again" Association's East Europe Monitoring Centre, and Deputy Editor of Never Again's magazine about the rise of right-wing extremism in Central and Eastern Europe, its effects on the human rights situation, the role of social media, and the common challenges of our time.

Opinion

May 14, 2020
There are contentious debates about these sites: were they a sympathetic way of helping small traders, or rather for boasting and promoting elitism? This led us to think about what actually contributed to this phenomenon.
Mar 17, 2020
Some stories that probably won’t be appearing in the next few weeks.

Pick to Post

May 29, 2020
May 29, 2020
The woman human right defender of the anti-mining Rak Ban Haeng Group in Lampang received a visit and intimidation by the police on Thursday, after publicly reading statement echoing the calls of the People’s Movement of 5 Regions that demands the government to revoke Emergency Decree.
May 28, 2020
The Thai government's extension of the State of Emergency is unjustified and is an apparent pretext for violating basic rights and suppress anti-government voices, says Human Rights Watch.