6 leading Thai professional media associations issued a statement condemning what they consider an official assault on the Thai public’s right to good information as well as freedom of expression in general.
6 leading Thai professional media associations issued a joint statement condemning what they consider an official assault on the Thai public’s right to good information as well as freedom of expression in general. A part of the statement published on 28 July show the logos of 6 media associations...
CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance, calls on the Cambodian authorities to drop the baseless charges against trade union activist and human rights defender Rong Chhun and to release him immediately and unconditionally.
CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance, calls on the Cambodian authorities to drop the baseless charges against trade union activist and human rights defender Rong Chhun and to release him immediately and unconditionally. One year on from his arrest, his ongoing persecution highlights the...
The Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex was named a natural World Heritage site during the World Heritage Committee meeting on 26 July despite ongoing concerns about human rights violations against indigenous communities in the forest area. 
The Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex was named a natural World Heritage site during the World Heritage Committee meeting on 26 July despite ongoing concerns about human rights violations against indigenous communities in the forest area. Protesters put up a banner saying "World heritage, blood...
It took only 6 hours for people to register for 3 million bags of free instant noodles from the Sahapat Group (SPC), one of the country’s major household product companies. Registration for the handout campaign was due to last 1 week.
It took only 6 hours for people to register for 3 million bags of free instant noodles from the Sahapat Group (SPC), one of the country’s major household product companies. Registration for the handout campaign was due to last 1 week. The SPC website announces that the free noodle giveaway has...
Cartoon by Stephff: People power
Victims of harassment and relatives of Thais who disappeared while living in self exile voiced their grievances at Government House, underlining the seriousness of the threats against those who think differently from the state. Participants lighting candles arranged to form the phrase "Returning...
The Rights and Liberties Protection Department (RLPD) has responded to a request from Prachatai, New Naratif and Voice of Democracy for information regarding progress in the case of Wanchalearm Satsaksit, an activist who was abducted while living in self-exile in Phnom Penh.
The Rights and Liberties Protection Department (RLPD) has responded to a request from Prachatai, New Naratif and Voice of Democracy for information regarding progress in the case of Wanchalearm Satsaksit, an activist who was abducted while living in self-exile in Phnom Penh. The RLPD letter which...
A year has passed since the disappearance of Thai human rights activist, Wanchalearm Satsaksit. Witnesses report that he was forcibly abducted from a street near his home in Phnom Penh, where he had been living in self-imposed exile. Despite considerable public interest in the case, the investigation has made little headway.
A year has passed since the disappearance of Thai human rights activist, Wanchalearm Satsaksit. Witnesses report that he was forcibly abducted from a street near his home in Phnom Penh, where he had been living in self-imposed exile. Despite considerable public interest in the case, the...
A year after the disappearance of Thai activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit, his family still waits for justice while official investigations seem to have stalled. 
A year after the disappearance of Thai activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit, his family still waits for justice while official investigations seem to have stalled. Wanchalearm's sister Sitanun Satsaksit (right) during the 12 minutes of silence on the Pathumwan Skywalk  A candlelit vigil was held in...
Prachatai speaks to Sitanun Satsaksit, sister of missing activist in exile Wanchalearm Satsaksit, about the progress in her brother's case, and how her life has changed since she made the decision to do everything she can to find and call for justice for her brother.
"If you lose someone, no matter how many years, you won’t be able to forget." Sitanun Satsaksit is the older sister of Wanchalearm Satsaksit, a Thai refugee who was abducted from his residence in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 4 June 2020. Sitanun and her legal team have spent the last year gathering...
Although barred from approaching Government House, the protesters dispersed by crowd control police on 18 July left behind a number of clear ‘statements’ including a model guillotine, federalist graffiti, and demands for effective vaccines.
Although barred from approaching Government House, the protesters dispersed by crowd control police on 18 July left behind a number of clear ‘statements’ including a model guillotine, federalist graffiti, and demands for effective vaccines. A paper license plate with the number "Ror Or 10 [a...
 A year after Wanchalearm Satsaksit vanished, authorities say there is no proof he was abducted in Phnom Penh. A joint investigation reveals details of the Thai dissident’s escape from Thailand, life in exile in Cambodia and the last days before he disappeared.
Reporting by Jacob Goldberg, Danielle Keeton-Olsen, Anna Lawattanatrakul, Matt Surrusco, and Yiamyut Sutthichaya Illustration by Pssyppl Graphics by Ellena Ekarahendy and Matt Surrusco The authors reported this story with a Cambodian journalist who requested their name not be included due to fears...
If I might call this meeting to order, please.  Thank you, thank you. Pardon? Yes, you may continue replicating during this meeting, but quietly, please.  No cheering unless you turn into a particularly virulent mutation, OK? So I declare this meeting of Covid-19 International, Thailand Chapter,...
In order to eradicate all forms of dictatorship and restore democracy in military-ruled Myanmar, the newly formed National Unity Government (NUG) has called for urgent international recognition and an end to violence before political dialogue.
In order to eradicate all forms of dictatorship and restore democracy in military-ruled Myanmar, the newly formed National Unity Government (NUG) has called for urgent international recognition and an end to violence before political dialogue. Dr Sasa giving a speech in a briefing via Zoom. “It is...
The court’s rejection of bail for 4 pro-democracy activists on 8 March is raising questions about procedural irregularities as 3 of them were taken from court before they were allowed the opportunity to complete bail requests, while another was sent to a prison other than the one designated by the court.
The court’s rejection of bail for 4 pro-democracy activists on 8 March is raising questions about procedural irregularities as 3 of them were taken from court before they were allowed the opportunity to complete bail requests, while another was sent to a prison other than the one designated by the...
Conflict and historical mistrust between the Malay Muslim in Thailand’s southernmost border provinces (Patani) and the Thai State have taken their toll on the government’s effort to carry out Covid-19 vaccinations, said on 4 June by Artef Sohko, President of The Patani, a political action group advocating rights to self-determination for the people living in this conflict-affected region bordering Malaysia.
Conflict and historical mistrust between the Malay Muslim in Thailand’s southernmost border provinces (Patani) and the Thai State have taken their toll on the government’s effort to carry out Covid-19 vaccinations, said on 4 June by Artef Sohko, President of The Patani, a political action group...
In its February 2021 Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior Report, Facebook says it detected and removed 77 accounts, 72 pages, 18 groups and 18 Instagram accounts originating in Thailand, targeting audiences in the Southern provinces.
In its February 2021 Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior Report, Facebook says it detected and removed 77 accounts, 72 pages, 18 groups and 18 Instagram accounts originating in Thailand, targeting audiences in the Southern provinces. Soldiers with assault rifles lining up for a patrol. (Source: ISOC...
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...

News

Jul 28, 2021
The Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex was named a natural World Heritage site during the World Heritage Committee meeting on 26 July despite ongoing concerns about human rights violations against indigenous communities in the forest area. 
Jul 27, 2021
It took only 6 hours for people to register for 3 million bags of free instant noodles from the Sahapat Group (SPC), one of the country’s major household product companies. Registration for the handout campaign was due to last 1 week.
Jul 23, 2021
The public prosecutor decided today (22 July) to indict 13 protesters facing lèse majesté and sedition charges for their involvement in the 26 October 2020 protest in front of the German Embassy in Bangkok.

Highlight

23 Jul 2021

A new Draft Act on Operations of Not-for-profit Organizations is raising huge concerns among civil society a due to its extensive powers of surveillance and control of the finances of a wide range of associations. The broad scope of this law threatens almost any kind of association in Thailand.

23 Jul 2021

Although barred from approaching Government House, the protesters dispersed by crowd control police on 18 July left behind a number of clear ‘statements’ including a model guillotine, federalist graffiti, and demands for effective vaccines.

29 Jun 2021

Artist Wittawat Tongkeaw's latest solo exhibition "The L/Royal Monument," launched on 24 June, tells stories of Thailand at a political crossroad and buried memories. Prachatai speaks to Wittawat about his work, the role of art in opening up spaces for discussing what is seen as taboo, and what it means to be political and an artist in this country.

Feature

Jul 23, 2021
Although barred from approaching Government House, the protesters dispersed by crowd control police on 18 July left behind a number of clear ‘statements’ including a model guillotine, federalist graffiti, and demands for effective vaccines.
Jul 23, 2021
A new Draft Act on Operations of Not-for-profit Organizations is raising huge concerns among civil society a due to its extensive powers of surveillance and control of the finances of a wide range of associations. The broad scope of this law threatens almost any kind of association in Thailand.
Jul 22, 2021
Under the disease control measures announced on 27 June 2021, construction workers are not permitted to leave their camps after several Covid-19 clusters were found in them and are now left with very little assistance from the government. 

Round Up

Jun 18, 2021
The parliament will reopen debate on constitutional amendments on 22-24 June, a major event that will affect the Kingdom’s political structure. After the issue was delayed in 2020 and withdrawn in 2021, political parties and civil society have another chance to address what they see as hindrances to democratization and political advantage.
Apr 16, 2021
With the next general election in 2023, Thai politicians from all sides are becoming more serious about constitutional amendments to advance their political interest.
Mar 12, 2021
The first three months of this year will be concluded soon, but Thai politics have not changed much. Crackdowns by the establishment are getting more violent.

Interview

Jun 18, 2021
Prachatai speaks to Mimi, a 17-year-old gender equality activist facing charges for violation of the Emergency Decree and the Public Assembly Act, about the beginning of their activism, life after facing charges for political expression, and the importance of gender justice in the pro-democracy movement.
Mar 22, 2021
An interview with Russ Jalichandra, former Thai ambassador to Mozambique and Kazakhstan and owner of the Facebook page “The Alternative Ambassador” over the coup in Myanmar. How much can we expect ASEAN? What does the Thai government stance means?
Feb 16, 2021
Secretary-General of the Move Forward Party proposes Section 112 amendment to open up discussion, though the draft amendment does not satisfy everyone.

Opinion

Jun 8, 2021
To mitigate the health and economic risks associated with unequal access to Covid-19 vaccines, the public and private sectors must coordinate their efforts and resources to address vaccine access as a fundamental human right for everyone.
May 27, 2021
May 14, 2021

Pick to Post

Jul 29, 2021
6 leading Thai professional media associations issued a statement condemning what they consider an official assault on the Thai public’s right to good information as well as freedom of expression in general.
Jul 29, 2021
CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance, calls on the Cambodian authorities to drop the baseless charges against trade union activist and human rights defender Rong Chhun and to release him immediately and unconditionally.
Jul 23, 2021
UN human rights* experts urged the UNESCO World Heritage Committee to defer Thailand’s bid to get a prized heritage listing for the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex, saying the indigenous Karen are being subjected to rights violations in the park.