Cartoon by Stephff: Dissolution of the Future Forward Party  
Following the dissolution of the Future Forward Party (FFP) on Friday (21 February), several human rights organizations, along with the European Union External Action Service (EEAS) and the Embassy of the United States in Thailand, have spoken out against the Constitutional Court’s decision to dissolve the popular opposition party, a decision which has been seen as damaging to the country’s return to democracy and as disenfranchising a large number of voters.
Following the dissolution of the Future Forward Party (FFP) on Friday (21 February), several human rights organizations, along with the European Union External Action Service (EEAS) and the Embassy of the United States in Thailand, have spoken out against the Constitutional Court’s decision to...
The Constitutional Court of Thailand ruled to dissolve the Future Forward Party on the grounds that the party has broken Article 72 of the 2017 Organic Law on Political Parties by taking a loan from its leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. The Court also banned its leaders for ten years.
The Constitutional Court of Thailand ruled to dissolve the Future Forward Party on the grounds that the party has broken Article 72 of the 2017 Organic Law on Political Parties by taking a loan from its leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. The Court also banned its leaders for ten years. One of...
On Wednesday (19 February), the Constitutional Court of Thailand ruled that Section 301 of the Thai Criminal Code which criminalizes abortion, violates the current Constitution and must be amended. 
On Wednesday (19 February), the Constitutional Court of Thailand ruled that Section 301 of the Thai Criminal Code which criminalizes abortion, violates the current Constitution and must be amended.  The request was filed by Srisamai Chueachart, an obstetrician who was previously arrested in 2018...
The Association of Thai Democrats Without Borders, a network of overseas Thai people led by political refugee Jaran Ditapichai, issued a statement on Tuesday (18 February) against the possible dissolution of the Future Forward Party as the Constitutional Court prepares to rule on the case of the loan the party took from its leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit on Friday (21 February).
The Association of Thai Democrats Without Borders, a network of overseas Thai people led by political refugee Jaran Ditapichai, issued a statement on Tuesday (18 February) against the possible dissolution of the Future Forward Party as the Constitutional Court prepares to rule on the case of the...
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: ...
Anna Lawattanatrakul interviews Verita Sriratana, lecturer at the Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, and a recipient of the Gratias Agit Award, about the importance of literature, what Thailand can learn from Central Europe, and how to find hope in dark times.
In Verita Sriratana’s office, visitors are greeted with a portrait of Franz Kafka, a poster by the political satirist Kai-maew, and a die-cut greeting card of Virginia Woolf. The slide door is lined with posters of events she has been involved in, and one can find her sitting behind a clustered...
The hashtag #royalmotorcade has soared on Twitter despite legal restrictions on criticism of the royal family as concerned citizens reported traffic problems caused by a royal motorcade. A twitter user has faced threats over their comments and an activist received a threatening message claimed to be sent by the Palace, but an official at the Bureau of Royal Household said it was unlikely to be from there. 
The hashtag #royalmotorcade has soared on Twitter despite legal restrictions on criticism of the royal family as concerned citizens reported traffic problems caused by a royal motorcade. A twitter user has faced threats over their comments and an activist received a threatening message claimed to...
Khanakorn Pianchana, the judge who shot himself in protest against meddling in judges' decisions, will be charged by police for violating the gun law. Sarawut Benjakul, Secretary-General of the Office of the Judiciary, said the Yala police have asked for permission from the President of the...
Abu Hafez Al-Hakim is the spokesperson for MARA Patani who is directly involved in the peace talk. This article reflects his personal views and not the official view of MARA Patani.
Abu Hafez Al-Hakim is the spokesperson for MARA Patani who is directly involved in the peace talk. This article reflects his personal views and not the official view of MARA Patani. Royal Thai Army Region 4 joined the funeral of 15 people killed on 5 November 2019. When we gathered to discuss the...
In the wake of the killing of 15 people in the Deep South, there is still no sign of the government changing course.  source: ISOC Region 4 On Tuesday (ุ5 Nov) at midnight, an unknown number of assailants attacked two security checkpoints in Yala Province, killing at least 15 and injuring at least...
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 apparent suicide attempt of a judge in southern Thailand highlights the need for urgent reform of the judiciary to improve its independence from political interference, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said today.
The apparent suicide attempt of a judge in southern Thailand highlights the need for urgent reform of the judiciary to improve its independence from political interference, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said today. Khanakorn Pianchana Judge Khanakorn Pianchana, Vice Presiding Judge...

News

Feb 22, 2020
Following the dissolution of the Future Forward Party (FFP) on Friday (21 February), several human rights organizations, along with the European Union External Action Service (EEAS) and the Embassy of the United States in Thailand, have spoken out against the Constitutional Court’s decision to dissolve the popular opposition party, a decision which has been seen as damaging to the country’s return to democracy and as disenfranchising a large number of voters.
Feb 21, 2020
The Constitutional Court of Thailand ruled to dissolve the Future Forward Party on the grounds that the party has broken Article 72 of the 2017 Organic Law on Political Parties by taking a loan from its leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. The Court also banned its leaders for ten years.
Feb 20, 2020
On Wednesday (19 February), the Constitutional Court of Thailand ruled that Section 301 of the Thai Criminal Code which criminalizes abortion, violates the current Constitution and must be amended. 

Highlight

20 Feb 2020

On Wednesday (19 February), the Constitutional Court of Thailand ruled that Section 301 of the Thai Criminal Code which criminalizes abortion, violates the current Constitution and must be amended. 

16 Feb 2020

On Friday (14 February), Thai-French artist Aline Deschamps opened her new art and research exhibition “Luk Khrueng Generation,” at Hostbkk Gallery above Chandrphen restaurant on Rama 4 Road. The exhibition is in collaboration with Project 189 Bangkok.

17 Feb 2020

2019 is counted as the year when the arc of Thai politics was most striking since it was a time of transition from the ‘dark era’ under almost 5 years of the NCPO to the ‘hazy era’ after the election (which had been postponed 6 times) under the 2017 Constitution whose complicated design locked politics into a multilayered parliamentary system, and the Future Forward Party emerged to strongly challenge the old system.

Feature

Feb 17, 2020
2019 is counted as the year when the arc of Thai politics was most striking since it was a time of transition from the ‘dark era’ under almost 5 years of the NCPO to the ‘hazy era’ after the election (which had been postponed 6 times) under the 2017 Constitution whose complicated design locked politics into a multilayered parliamentary system, and the Future Forward Party emerged to strongly challenge the old system.
Feb 17, 2020
It was also found that at least 8 of these refugees have disappeared for no known reason, even though they were living in other countries.

Round Up

Jan 23, 2020
FFP supporters celebrated at their party headquarters, as the Constitutional Court unanimously ruled to acquit the party of allegations of being anti-monarchy. However, this might be the last time they can celebrate as the "Future Forward Party."
Sep 13, 2019
Aug 26, 2019
ASEAN countries and China have taken a step closer to the promised Code of Conduct governing the South China Sea. However, it has to be noted that as always Beijing has not given up its claims while the diplomats are taking their sweet time.

Interview

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.
Oct 22, 2019
Joshua Wong updates on the Hong Kong protest and address allegations by Gen Apirat Kongsompong, Thai Royal Army Chief. 

Opinion

Feb 17, 2020
Harrison George on Gen Apirat Kongsompong's statement that the Nakhon Ratchasima mass shooter is "not a soldier anymore". 
Dec 11, 2019
This week in Alien Thoughts, Harrison George talks about what could happen once military conscription is abolished. 
Nov 29, 2019
An article by Jutapat "Pai Dao Din" Boonpattararaksa on the lack of justice under the NCPO, translated by Tyrell Haberkorn.

Pick to Post

Feb 19, 2020
Amnesty International, with artists Jirawut Ueasungkomsate and Sakda Kaewbuadee, opened a new exhibition on urban refugees titled "I am not allowed to exist in your reality," which will run from 18 February-1 March 2020 at the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre. 
Jan 30, 2020
A wave of youth-led protests across Asia is defying escalating repression and a continent-wide crackdown on freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, Amnesty International said today (29 January) as it published its annual report on human rights in the region.
Jan 24, 2020
Amnesty International issued a statement in respond to the ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordering Myanmar to take “provisional measures” to prevent genocidal acts against the Rohingya community.