Police stopped the vehicles of students transporting equipment and booklets to the protest at Thammasat University’s Tha Prachan campus ahead of the afternoon’s protest.
Police stopped the vehicles of students transporting equipment and booklets to the protest at Thammasat University’s Tha Prachan campus ahead of the afternoon’s protest. Two of the police officers who stopped the students Student activist Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak went live on Facebook at 10.40 on...
In their mastery of methods to halt the political momentum of student protests, the Thai authorities have turned to a most unexpected tactic: to make it as hard as possible for protesters to defecate by threatening toilet truck drivers not to come to the protest sites on 19 September.
Caption: Toilet trucks eventually arrived at Thammasat University at 16.00 after they successfully managed to get away from the police. Source: Pakorn Porncheewangkun In their mastery of methods to halt the political momentum of student protests, the Thai authorities have turned to a most...
The protesters are becoming better organized as they get help from public figures, celebrities and experts. But the police are just as sophisticated as they have come up with a new plan to deal with the protesters. Both sides are facing a tough fight in the hours to come.
Summary - It is anticipated that 50,000-100,000 protesters are coming to Thammasat University today to call for constitutional amendments, freedom of expression and monarchy reform. The protesters are becoming better organized as they get help from public figures, celebrities and experts. - But...
Cartoon by Stephff: The final battle
International human rights organisations are calling on the Government of Thailand to observe international human rights laws and standards ahead of a planned protest expected to attract tens of thousands to Bangkok this weekend. 
International human rights organisations are calling on the Government of Thailand to observe international human rights laws and standards ahead of a planned protest expected to attract tens of thousands to Bangkok this weekend.  A placard held by a protester at the mass protest on 16 August "We...
The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances submitted a second letter to the Cambodian government over lack of progress in the investigation since the Thai activist was kidnapped from the front of his residence in Phnom Penh on 4 June 2020.
The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances submitted a second letter to the Cambodian government over lack of progress in the investigation since the Thai activist was kidnapped from the front of his residence in Phnom Penh on 4 June 2020. Wanchalearm Satsaksit The letter,...
On the occasion of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, our organizations call on the governments of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam to adequately investigate all cases of enforced disappearances in their respective countries, determine the fate or whereabouts of the victims, and ensure the victims’ families have effective access to justice and receive adequate reparations.
On the occasion of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, our organizations call on the governments of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam to adequately investigate all cases of enforced disappearances in their respective countries, determine the fate or whereabouts of...
On the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the student activist group Spring Movement and Amnesty International Thailand organized the “Separation/(Silence)” exhibition at the 14 October Memorial in memory of victims of enforced disappearances in Thailand.
On the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the student activist group Spring Movement and Amnesty International Thailand organized the “Separation/(Silence)” exhibition at the 14 October Memorial in memory of victims of enforced disappearances in Thailand. Sirin...
Expressing profound concern over reports of enforced disappearances that have continued in a number of countries across South-East Asia, the UN Human Rights Office is urgently calling on States in the region to criminalize this egregious act and to prioritize ratification of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.
Expressing profound concern over reports of enforced disappearances that have continued in a number of countries across South-East Asia, the UN Human Rights Office is urgently calling on States in the region to criminalize this egregious act and to prioritize ratification of the International...
The Myanmar government must determine the fate or whereabouts of scores of Rohingya who remain missing nearly four years after the beginning of Myanmar government security forces’ “clearance operations” in northern Rakhine State, FIDH and its member organizations Odhikar and ALTSEAN-Burma urged today (27 August).
The Myanmar government must determine the fate or whereabouts of scores of Rohingya who remain missing nearly four years after the beginning of Myanmar government security forces’ “clearance operations” in northern Rakhine State, FIDH and its member organizations Odhikar and ALTSEAN-Burma urged...
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

Sep 20, 2020
Police stopped the vehicles of students transporting equipment and booklets to the protest at Thammasat University’s Tha Prachan campus ahead of the afternoon’s protest.
Sep 19, 2020
In their mastery of methods to halt the political momentum of student protests, the Thai authorities have turned to a most unexpected tactic: to make it as hard as possible for protesters to defecate by threatening toilet truck drivers not to come to the protest sites on 19 September.
Sep 18, 2020
Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has given a speech on nationwide TV discouraging people from joining protests in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and worsening the economy. In one week, the Thai government has launched several economic relief measures.

Highlight

19 Sep 2020

The protesters are becoming better organized as they get help from public figures, celebrities and experts. But the police are just as sophisticated as they have come up with a new plan to deal with the protesters. Both sides are facing a tough fight in the hours to come.

17 Sep 2020

19 September is the day another large protest is planned in Thailand. The organizers say there may be 50,000-100,000 protesters gathered at Thammasat University’s Tha Phra Chan Campus. However, the university administration has prohibited them from entering the campus, claiming the students will not follow its rules. 

18 Sep 2020

If the curfew in Bangkok during the lockdown period was tiresome enough, imagine being allowed to travel for only 3 days a week. The border shutdown ordered from the central authorities is needlessly affecting livelihoods in the north that are highly dependent on trans-border activities.

Feature

Sep 18, 2020
If the curfew in Bangkok during the lockdown period was tiresome enough, imagine being allowed to travel for only 3 days a week. The border shutdown ordered from the central authorities is needlessly affecting livelihoods in the north that are highly dependent on trans-border activities.
Sep 14, 2020
Abuse in the Thai education system has resurfaced with the death of a student from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy 2 days after a teacher made him do 100 squats as a punishment for not doing his homework. It amplifies the calls for education reform and tougher enforcement of regulations to stop violence in schools.

Round Up

Sep 19, 2020
The protesters are becoming better organized as they get help from public figures, celebrities and experts. But the police are just as sophisticated as they have come up with a new plan to deal with the protesters. Both sides are facing a tough fight in the hours to come.
Sep 17, 2020
19 September is the day another large protest is planned in Thailand. The organizers say there may be 50,000-100,000 protesters gathered at Thammasat University’s Tha Phra Chan Campus. However, the university administration has prohibited them from entering the campus, claiming the students will not follow its rules. 
Sep 10, 2020
Monday 7 September was supposed to be a peaceful holiday, but a Thai translation of Gene Sharp’s book The Anti-Coup suddenly spread all over social media as a tank was spotted on a street by Thai netizens. 

Interview

Aug 23, 2020
Prachatai spoke to a number of participants in the demonstration, including a group of student observers from Chulalongkorn University, a family with a young child, a man campaigning for a more open beer production law, Spokedark TV’s Winyu Wongsurawat, and art critic Thanom Chapakdee, about their goals in joining the protest at the Democracy Monument on 16 August. 
Aug 6, 2020
Thai social media has recently focussed on issues of sexual violence and gender equality, sparking a debate about feminist ideas and the goal of the movement. In this interview, five self-identified feminists who have experienced and witnessed gender-based violence and discrimination speak on the feminist movement in Thailand, misconceptions about feminism, and what it actually means to be a feminist.
Jul 23, 2020
Student activists still cannot go beyond their own comfort zones to build a larger network to bring about changes in Thai society, says political activist Sirawith “Ja New” Seritiwat. Student movements will have no impact until they can inspire people to come out.

Opinion

Sep 15, 2020
They used to be ridiculed and bullied, but LGBT youths have now emerged among the leaders of Thailand’s pro-democracy movement. In this article, Paisarn Likhitpreechakul writes about young LGBT activists in the current wave of student protests.
Aug 17, 2020
Aug 17, 2020

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Sep 18, 2020
International human rights organisations are calling on the Government of Thailand to observe international human rights laws and standards ahead of a planned protest expected to attract tens of thousands to Bangkok this weekend. 
Sep 17, 2020
Manushya Foundation and Humanity Beyond Borders request the Lao PDR government to release environmental activist and woman human rights defender Houayheuang Xayabouly, also known as ‘Muay,’ and to drop all charges against her without any delay. 
Sep 16, 2020
On International Day of Democracy, Southeast Asian lawmakers called on governments in the region to end all forms of threats and harassment against opposition MPs, following the publication of a new report that documents such reprisals. ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) also called for solidarity among lawmakers from across the political spectrum.