Editorial

29 Jun 2019
In the presence of King Vajiralongkorn, the new cabinet is to be sworn in today (16 July 2019) at 6 pm. Prayut Chan-o-cha, the Prime Minister of Thailand, is facing challenges from all sides, including the general public, internal problems, civil society and the opposition parties. Prayut Chan-o-chaSource: The government's website
Instead of investigating the attack on activist Sirawith Serithiwat and detaining the attackers, the police have arrested 8 people for sharing social media post saying that Deputy Police Commissioner Chaiwat Ketworachai is behind the attack on activists.
Faiyen, the protest band in exile, has received yet another death threat yesterday (12 July) in a Facebook message. The sender, who claimed to be a member of the special forces, told them to either turn themselves in or be killed.
A representative of the Foundation of Transgender Alliance for Human Rights (Thai TGA), along with other independent LGBT activists, has submitted an open letter to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) in response to the recent use by several media outlets of the term “sexually deviant” in news headlines.
On Sunday (7 July), Doctors of Ramathibodi Hospital have allowed Sirawith ‘Ja New’ Serithiwat to go home, but he will refuse witness protection as the police will not provide it unless he halts his political activism.
Northeast villagers get jail terms with big fines under NCPO's Forest Reclamation Policy.
Political cartoon by @stephffart in support of activist Sirawith Serithiwat, who was attacked yesterday and is still hospitalized.
While Prachatai English joins other public figures in demanding an end to violence against activists, and calling on the police to take more effective measures to halt the impunity, we are more concerned with an issue often underestimated: hate speech that justifies assaults against activists.
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