For the first episode in a series on sexual violence, let’s get to know Thailand’s rape history with Pattarat Phantprasit, an academic historian, going from the case of Amdaeng-onsa to the present. For one hundred years the state and society have discriminated without ever changing their ideas. The...
The record-breaking sentence delivered to Anchan, 63, who was found guilty of lèse majesté, is a "serious assault" on freedom of expression and shows how Section 112 is inconsistent with international human rights law, says Amnesty International's Asia-Pacific Regional Director.
The record-breaking sentence delivered to Anchan, 63, who was found guilty of lèse majesté, is a "serious assault" on freedom of expression and shows how Section 112 is inconsistent with international human rights law, says Amnesty International's Asia-Pacific Regional Director. Anchan (Photo from...
Anchan (pseudonym), 63, found guilty under Section 112 of the Criminal Code, has been sentenced to 87 years in prison, with the sentence reduced because of her confession and 3 years spent in prison pending her trial. The net sentence is 43 years and 6 months, the longest sentence ever under Section 112.
Anchan (pseudonym), 63, found guilty under Section 112 of the Criminal Code, has been sentenced to 87 years in prison, with the sentence reduced because of her confession and 3 years spent in prison pending her trial. The net sentence is 43 years and 6 months, the longest sentence ever under...
Controversial housing for the Thai judiciary at the foot of Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai Province, is back in the news as a Facebook user has found it in a popular flight simulator game on Steam.
Controversial housing for the Thai judiciary at the foot of Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai Province, is back in the news as a Facebook user has found it in a popular flight simulator game on Steam. Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, a game that allows players to simulate unlimited flights around the world,...
The Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases has postponed the preliminary examination in the lawsuit filed against the police for negligence in charging Wasan Setasit for involvement in the 19 - 20 September 2020 protest even though he was not there.
The Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases has postponed the preliminary examination in the lawsuit filed against the police for negligence in charging Wasan Setasit for involvement in the 19 - 20 September 2020 protest even though he was not there. Left to right: Nadthasiri...
On the second day of its campaign about political deaths and exiles, the FreeArts Facebook page has posted a photo of a mock body bag with the name of Nuamthong Praiwan, a taxi driver who crashed his taxi into a military tank in opposition to the 2006 coup.
On the second day of its campaign about political deaths and exiles, the FreeArts Facebook page has posted a photo of a mock body bag with the name of Nuamthong Praiwan, a taxi driver who crashed his taxi into a military tank in opposition to the 2006 coup. A mock body bag of Nuamthong Praiwan. (...
After eight years, civil society worldwide demands the government establish and reveal Sombath’s fate and whereabouts. Collated photo of Sombath Somphone. 15 December 2020: On the eighth anniversary of the enforced disappearance of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, we, the undersigned...
Two years after the disappearance of three Thai activists in exile in Laos, their families wait for answers as no progress has been made in the investigation.
Two years after the disappearance of three Thai activists in exile in Laos, their families wait for answers as no progress has been made in the investigation. On 12 December 2020, a memorial event was held at the 14 October 1973 Memorial for activist and political refugee Surachai Danwattananusorn...
The Cambodian authorities must redouble their efforts to thoroughly, independently and impartially investigate the disappearance of Thai dissident Wanchalearm Satsaksit and determine his fate and whereabouts, said Amnesty International today (8 December).
The Cambodian authorities must redouble their efforts to thoroughly, independently and impartially investigate the disappearance of Thai dissident Wanchalearm Satsaksit and determine his fate and whereabouts, said Amnesty International today (8 December). (Photo from Amnesty International) The 37-...
Six months after the disappearance of activist-in-exile Wanchalearm Satsaksit, his friends and representatives of Amnesty International went to the Cambodian Embassy in Bangkok to submit a name list of 14,157 individuals who urge Cambodian authorities to ensure  effective, urgent, thorough and transparent investigation and to restore justice to Wanchalearm’s family.
On Thursday (3 December 2020), at 14.00, the Friends of Wanchalearm and Amnesty International’s activists have gone to the Cambodian Embassy in Thailand to organize an activity marking six months of Wanchalearm Satsaksit’s disappearance and to submit to Cambodia a name list of 14,157 individuals...
The demonstration is held by the Coordination Center of Students, Vocational students and People to Protect the Monarchy. Sumate Trakoolwoonnoo, a group representative said the purpose for this gathering is to protect the monarchy from being infringed, create an understanding to another upcoming protesters about the monarchy and to observe whether any infringement will be made or not.
16 Aug 2020 - 11.00. Around 30-50 people gathered on the footpath at the Democracy Monument to show their support to the monarchy. The demonstration was held by the Coordination Centre of Students, Vocational Students and People to Protect the Monarchy. Sumate Trakoolwoonnoo, a group...
Human rights lawyer Anon Nampa and student activist Panupong Jadnok are now under arrest on sedition charges under Section 116 of the Criminal Code and for violating the Emergency Decree after they took part in the mass protest on 18 July.  
This is a developing story. We will be updating this article with new developments as they happen.  As of 1.30 on 8 August, we are ending our live report of this story. We will be back once there is any new development. Please check our website and social media for updates.  Human rights lawyer...
Students from Kasetsart University and the Mahanakorn for Democracy group organized a Harry Potter-themed protest on Monday (3 August) at the Democracy Monument, calling for amendments to laws regarding the power of the monarchy and for the authorities to listen to the voice of the people.
Students from Kasetsart University and the Mahanakorn for Democracy group organized a Harry Potter-themed protest on Monday (3 August) at the Democracy Monument, calling for amendments to laws regarding the power of the monarchy and for the authorities to listen to the voice of the people. The...
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...
Six people who participated in a demonstration at the Krue Se Mosque on 2 August have since been visited by police and military officers.
Six people who participated in a demonstration at the Krue Se Mosque on 2 August have since been visited by police and military officers. The Federation of Patani Students and Youth, or PerMAS, posted on their Facebook page that several army rangers twice went to visit Fadel Madeng, a participant...
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...

News

Jan 20, 2021
Anchan (pseudonym), 63, found guilty under Section 112 of the Criminal Code, has been sentenced to 87 years in prison, with the sentence reduced because of her confession and 3 years spent in prison pending her trial. The net sentence is 43 years and 6 months, the longest sentence ever under Section 112.
Jan 20, 2021
Controversial housing for the Thai judiciary at the foot of Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai Province, is back in the news as a Facebook user has found it in a popular flight simulator game on Steam.
Jan 19, 2021
The Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases has postponed the preliminary examination in the lawsuit filed against the police for negligence in charging Wasan Setasit for involvement in the 19 - 20 September 2020 protest even though he was not there.

Highlight

6 Jan 2021

The ongoing protests in Thailand are having a negative impact on the mental health of young activists as many protesters face legal charges for the work they are doing. For those struggling with mental health issues, there is very little assistance being provided to them.

27 Dec 2020

The Thai government have always maintained that the measures they have taken against pro-democracy protests follow international procedures. Prachatai has talked to the UN Special Rapporteur to find out what these standards actually are.

22 Dec 2020

Photos collection of the anti-Rasi Salai dam movement in 1990s, these images were taken over the years by four local amateur Thai photographers and community members, Sanun Chusakul, Pairor Sujinprum, Juthathip Damrongtrairat and Pranee Makhanun. They document an important part of this community struggle, showing protests and activities of resistance, as well as ways of life that now no longer exist.

Feature

Jan 18, 2021
Where do the king's assets come from? In order to understand the discussion on monarchy reform and crown property, Prachatai traces the changes in how the monarchy's assets are managed through the Rattanakosin era. 
Jan 18, 2021
The national budget bill for 2021 shows that government will spend 37.228 billion baht on monarchy, amounting to 1.12% of the total budget.

Round Up

Jan 7, 2021
While resistance in some institutions is clearly visible, the same cannot be said of the judiciary. The “twilight zone” remains as mysterious as ever, but Thais cannot help but ask whether something surreptitious is going on in there.
Nov 5, 2020
Atlas VPN, a VPN provider, says that VPN installs surged by 644% in Thailand after the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) restricted access to Pornhub.
Oct 26, 2020
Immediately after Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha took one step back by lifting the severe state of emergency, the government stepped up 3 actions against citizens - accusing the protesters of inciting violence, arresting activists and public figures, and paving the way for yellow shirt protesters and ultraroyalist terrorists.

Interview

Dec 27, 2020
The Thai government have always maintained that the measures they have taken against pro-democracy protests follow international procedures. Prachatai has talked to the UN Special Rapporteur to find out what these standards actually are.
Nov 20, 2020
Prachatai spoke to some of the protesters at Ratchaprasong on 18 November, most of whom said they would like to see the country changing for the better.
Oct 31, 2020
Students attending the rally on 2 October 2020 at the Ministry of Education share experiences of the backlash they receive from their parents for going to protests and their opinions on the current student movement.

Opinion

Jan 6, 2021
Silences, Histories, and the Future: On Thongchai Winichakul’s Moments of Silence: The Unforgetting of the October 6, 1976, Massacre in Bangkok
Dec 14, 2020
In a verdict whose twisted and bizarre reasoning surprised no one, the Convolutional Court yesterday ruled that the punishments meted out by schools against students who refused to wear school uniforms were permissible. 
Nov 23, 2020

Pick to Post

Jan 20, 2021
The record-breaking sentence delivered to Anchan, 63, who was found guilty of lèse majesté, is a "serious assault" on freedom of expression and shows how Section 112 is inconsistent with international human rights law, says Amnesty International's Asia-Pacific Regional Director.
Jan 16, 2021
Thailand’s government in 2020 escalated its repression of basic rights in the face of a growing, youth-led democracy movement demanding political and constitutional reforms, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday (13 January) in its World Report 2021.
Jan 13, 2021
The foreign correspondents' clubs and associations of Thailand, Japan, Jakarta, the Philippines, South Asia and Taiwan are deeply concerned by the convictions and harsh prison sentences handed down by a Vietnamese court on January 5 to three Vietnamese journalists.