3 Nov 2014
Human rights groups and NGOs based in Thailand’s North East denounced the legitimacy of the coup makers and the authoritarian regime of the military government, arguing that reform cannot be carried out without public participation.
31 Oct 2014
12 Thai Values in comparison to youth values promoted by other Southeast Asian member states
30 Oct 2014
After the Bangkok Remand Prison attempted to separate red-shirt political prisoners from each other by sending them to several different prison zones, which was followed by the alleged beating to death of a red shirt by yellow-shirt inmates, a group of human rights lawyers has urged the prison to change its policy for the safety of political prisoners. Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) on Thursday submitted a letter to the Bangkok Remand Prison director asking the prison to review its assignment policy.
29 Oct 2014
The criminal court has convicted 39 Pakayaw Karen villagers on charges related to illegal logging and forest encroachment and sentenced them to imprisonment and fines. This is believed to be the first large scale prosecution of so-called ‘encroachers’ under the junta’s heavy-handed approach to increase forest coverage.
29 Oct 2014
(New York, October 29, 2014) – The Thai government should immediately investigate and prosecute security personnel found responsible for the killing of an ethnic Malay Muslim child in southern Thailand, Human Rights Watch said today.
24 Oct 2014
After the coup d’état in May, the junta promised to return happiness to the Thai people. One of the policies that the junta has announced to deliver on this promise is an order to increase Thailand’s forest cover and tighten measures for land resource protection. Although the policy might seem ecologically sensible to many conservationists, the green-grabbing policy of the junta harms many of Thailand’s marginalised communities.
22 Oct 2014
The military court rejected bail for a redshirt radio host in closed door trial. On Tuesday, the military court denied 800,000 baht bail to Kathawut B., a redshirt radio host charged with lèse majesté, due to the severity of the charge and the flight risk because the charge relates to the revered Thai monarchy, which equates to national security, according to iLaw. On Monday the Military Court tried Kathawut and another suspect who asked not to be identified in camera despite objections from the defendants and the presence of represent
17 Oct 2014
The military arrested and filed a lèse majesté charge against a 67-year-old man for writing messages in a shopping mall’s restrooms. The messages mainly criticized the junta and Article 112, or the lèse majesté law, and allegedly made reference to the King. He is likely to be tried in a military court The messages mainly criticized the junta leader Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha and the Democrat government which ruled the country from 2011 to 2013. They condemned the two governments for abusing Article 112.
17 Oct 2014
Please read the updated report here The military arrested and filed a lese majeste charge against a 67-year-old man for writing messages deemed defaming the monarchy in a shopping mall’s restrooms. Opas C., was captured by the mall’s employee on Wednesday and was later arrested by the military. On Friday, the military brought him to the crime suppression unit and filed a charge under Article 112, or the lese majeste law, against him. He confessed that he wrote the message.
16 Oct 2014
(New York, October 16, 2014) – Leaders at the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit should press Thailand’s junta leader to improve human rights and restore democratic civilian rule, Human Rights Watch said today in letters to ASEM foreign ministers. ASEM is an informal process that brings together the 28 European Union member states and 2 other European countries with 20 Asian countries.
13 Oct 2014
Martial law, in force across the Kingdom, is being promoted in a campaign by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) as a guarantee of safety for tourists. Tawatchai Aranyik, the Director of TAT, unveiled on Sunday the “24 Hours Enjoy Thailand” campaign. In the campaign, TAT promotes Thailand as safe for tourists because martial law is in force, so tourists can be sure that they will be safe all day and night.. TAT will start promoting the campaign early next year in order to attract tourists during the high season.
10 Oct 2014
Thai military’s attempt to silence labor activists confirms a deteriorating state of labor rights in Thailand after the coup. On Tuesday, labor union activists revealed that they received phone call from the military who tried to prevent them from holding dialogue with government officials on ‘the World Day of Decent Work’ on Tuesday 7 October.