Originally published in Khaosod English on 23 October 2021. File Photo Consider this an open letter to fellow Thai journalists. A year has passed since the students-led monarchy reform movement descended to the streets of Bangkok and beyond in large numbers. One year on, over 140 have been charged...
The Constitutional Court ruled on 20 October that Paiboon Nititawan, who was elected as an MP from the now-dissolved People Reform Party and who moved to the Palang Pracharat Party (PPRP), may retain his party-list MP status.
The Constitutional Court ruled on 20 October that Paiboon Nititawan, who was elected as an MP from the now-dissolved People Reform Party and who moved to the Palang Pracharat Party (PPRP), may retain his party-list MP status. Paiboon Nititawan 60 MPs had filed a petition asking House Speaker Chuan...
The Appeal Court on 20 October dismissed the case against People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) leaders Sakoltee Phattiyakul, Sombat Thamrongthanyawong, and Seri Wongmonta, while ruling to sentence Top News director Sonthiyan Chuenruthainaitham to 8 months in prison.
The Appeal Court on 20 October dismissed the case against People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) leaders Sakoltee Phattiyakul, Sombat Thamrongthanyawong, and Seri Wongmonta, while ruling to sentence Top News director Sonthiyan Chuenruthainaitham to 8 months in prison. From left: Seri...
Student activist Benja Apan has been denied bail for a third time yesterday (21 October), after she was arrested on 7 October 2021 on a lèse majesté charge in connection with the 10 August 2021 protest.
Student activist Benja Apan has been denied bail for a third time yesterday (21 October), after she was arrested on 7 October 2021 on a lèse majesté charge in connection with the 10 August 2021 protest. Benja Apan speaking at a protest on 3 September 2021 at the Ratchaprasong Intersection Thai...
Songpol “Yajai” Sonthirak, an activist from the Thalufah group, has been detained pending trial on charges relating to an incident on 3 August 2021 when paint was splashed in front of Thung Song Hong Police Station.
Songpol “Yajai” Sonthirak, an activist from the Thalufah group, has been detained pending trial on charges relating to an incident on 3 August 2021 when paint was splashed in front of Thung Song Hong Police Station. Songpol “Yajai” Sonthirak Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) said that the court...
Sitanun Satsaksit, sister of missing activist in exile Wanchalearm Satsaksit, has been charged with violation of the Emergency Decree for giving a speech at a protest on 5 September 2021 at the Asoke Intersection.
Sitanun Satsaksit, sister of missing activist in exile Wanchalearm Satsaksit, has been charged with violation of the Emergency Decree for giving a speech at a protest on 5 September 2021 at the Asoke Intersection. Sitanun Satsaksit (centre) lighting candles at an event on the 1st anniversary of...
Thailand’s parliament should amend the draft law on torture and enforced disappearance without delay in order to ensure compliance with Thailand’s international legal obligations, said the ICJ and Amnesty International.
Thailand’s parliament should amend the draft law on torture and enforced disappearance without delay in order to ensure compliance with Thailand’s international legal obligations, said the ICJ and Amnesty International. File photo On 5 October, the recommendations were submitted to the...
On 4 October 2021, the UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia welcomes Thailand’s initial approval of the draft law on Prevention and Suppression of Torture and Enforced Disappearance and urges the Government to ensure the legislation fully meets international human rights standards and enact it promptly.
On 4 October 2021, the UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia welcomes Thailand’s initial approval of the draft law on Prevention and Suppression of Torture and Enforced Disappearance and urges the Government to ensure the legislation fully meets international human rights standards and enact...
“Every 5th of Every Month,” the art of remembrance from Mora (Nuntana Wongtawee) to Wanchalearm Satsaksit throughout 1 year after the enforced disappearance.
“Every 5th of Every Month,” the art of remembrance from Mora (Nuntana Wongtawee) to Wanchalearm Satsaksit throughout 1 year after the enforced disappearance. abducted disappeared missing enforced disappearance These words have been used to name the cruelty that happened to Wanchalearm Satsaksit, a...
Amnesty International calls on the Thai authorities to pass a law which includes definitions of torture and enforced disappearances in full accordance with international law and offers justice to victims, after the Thai parliament voted yesterday (16 September) to approve the first reading of a bill criminalizing torture and enforced disappearance. 
Amnesty International calls on the Thai authorities to pass a law which includes definitions of torture and enforced disappearances in full accordance with international law and offers justice to victims, after the Thai parliament voted yesterday (16 September) to approve the first reading of a...
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

Oct 22, 2021
The Constitutional Court ruled on 20 October that Paiboon Nititawan, who was elected as an MP from the now-dissolved People Reform Party and who moved to the Palang Pracharat Party (PPRP), may retain his party-list MP status.
Oct 22, 2021
The Appeal Court on 20 October dismissed the case against People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) leaders Sakoltee Phattiyakul, Sombat Thamrongthanyawong, and Seri Wongmonta, while ruling to sentence Top News director Sonthiyan Chuenruthainaitham to 8 months in prison.
Oct 22, 2021
Student activist Benja Apan has been denied bail for a third time yesterday (21 October), after she was arrested on 7 October 2021 on a lèse majesté charge in connection with the 10 August 2021 protest.

Highlight

5 Oct 2021

These interviews with 5 among the many people who have clashed with Crowd Control Police at the Din Daeng intersection attempt to explain the motives behind the burning, explosions and firing at the police in a way that they still believe is nonviolent.

29 Sep 2021

On the surface of events, we may only see media photos of the confrontations at Din Daeng since August 2021, but an observer of the protests sees many minor details under the surface which could help defuse the violence. 

28 Sep 2021

For a third year, Prachatai has opened all budget documents to add up all the expenses related to the monarchy that are scattered among various agencies.

Feature

Oct 21, 2021
An escalation of symbolic actions by pro-democracy protesters took place after the repeated use of force against protesters by the police and legal charges against its leading figures. But when it comes to burning portraits of the King, the state uses the royal defamation law to handle the problem.
Sep 28, 2021
For a third year, Prachatai has opened all budget documents to add up all the expenses related to the monarchy that are scattered among various agencies.
Sep 23, 2021
Since 2017, King Rama X has issued at least 112 royal edicts appointing and demoting royal officials and the royal consort, bestowing royal decorations, appointing monks to the Sangha Supreme Council and expressing political views, which raises questions over accountability under the King Can Do No Wrong principle.

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

Oct 5, 2021
These interviews with 5 among the many people who have clashed with Crowd Control Police at the Din Daeng intersection attempt to explain the motives behind the burning, explosions and firing at the police in a way that they still believe is nonviolent.
Sep 29, 2021
On the surface of events, we may only see media photos of the confrontations at Din Daeng since August 2021, but an observer of the protests sees many minor details under the surface which could help defuse the violence. 
Sep 21, 2021
“Every 5th of Every Month,” the art of remembrance from Mora (Nuntana Wongtawee) to Wanchalearm Satsaksit throughout 1 year after the enforced disappearance.

Opinion

Oct 24, 2021
Aug 27, 2021
An article from Jaushieh Joseph Wu, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan) underlining the importance of including Taiwan into the United Nations circle.
Aug 27, 2021
HG's story over a scenario when an excessive use of plastic (bags?) becomes the National Police's agenda.

Pick to Post

Oct 19, 2021
On 12 October 2021, Surachai Trongngam, Theeraphan Phankhiri, and Sanya Chongdeeiad, members of a legal team representing Angkhana Neelapaijit and Anchana Heemmina, two women human rights defenders (WHRDs), attended a civil court hearing to settle issues and schedule witness testimony in a case filed against the Office of the Prime Minister and the Royal Thai Army for damages pursuant to the 1996 Act on the Liability for Wrongful Acts of Officials.
Oct 15, 2021
On 5 October 2021, the Human Rights and Development Foundation (HRDF) has gone to the Bang Khen Immigration Detention Center to pick up Ms. P, a female migrant worker from Myanmar, who had been remanded in custody being accused of being an alien and worked without the permit.
Oct 8, 2021
Thailand’s parliament should amend the draft law on torture and enforced disappearance without delay in order to ensure compliance with Thailand’s international legal obligations, said the ICJ and Amnesty International.