4 May 2016
The draft constitution going up for the referendum vote on 7 August degrades the issue of disability rights to an appalling level. It shows the junta’s point of view of the disabled as those who should receive public support but are deprived of guaranteed disability rights. According to experts, this situation will weaken the force of law for equality for the disabled.
28 Apr 2016
A fundraiser in the northeastern province of Khon Kaen has been arrested as the first victim of the Referendum Act, only eight hours after a complaint was filed against her. On Wednesday, 27 April 2016, Khaosod reported that Jiraphan Tanmani, President of the Rathawatanamani Fund -- an organization raising funds to promote autism rights -- was arrested for publishing content that was severe, aggressive and rude with the intention of persuading the public to accept or not accept the draft charter in the August referendum. She was
27 Apr 2016
An election commissioner has filed a complaint under the Draft Referendum Act against a fundraising organization in northeastern province of Khon Kaen. On Wednesday, 27 April 2016, Matichon Online reported that Somchai Srisuthiyakorn, an election commissioner of Thailand, filed a complaint under the Draft Referendum Act against a fundraising organization in Khon Kaen Province (name withheld) at Toongsonghong police station, Bangkok. This is the first time that the act has been practic
25 Apr 2016
JAKARTA, 25 April 2016 — Parliamentarians from across Southeast Asia have expressed deep concerns about Thailand’s new draft constitution, as well as a planned referendum on the charter, highlighting an apparent effort by the military government to strengthen and prolong its control over Thai politics and stifle open debate.
25 Apr 2016
A Democrat deputy leader has criticized the Referendum Act for its heavy sentences and ambiguous content which can lead to arbitrary prosecution of those who oppose the referendum and the charter draft. On Sunday, 24 April 2016, the Thai News Agency reported that Ongart Klampaiboon, deputy leader of the Democrat Party, urged the Election Commission of Thailand (ECT) to clarify ambiguous content in the Referendum Act, enacted on 22 April 2016. According to the Thai News Agency, O
20 Apr 2016
Since the release of the draft constitution, the junta has formally and informally suppressed criticism of the draft as well as the referendum, scheduled to be held on 7 August, itself. Although it is obvious that Thais are not going to vote in the referendum in a free and fair manner, a group of red-shirt activists are determined to defy the junta’s rule by campaigning against the draft charter. They share with Prachatai how to mobilize campaign under such repression and what they've found about voters' attitude toward draft charter and politics.
20 Apr 2016
The Thai junta leader told the media that anyone campaigning about the draft constitution faces 10 years imprisonment once the Referendum Bill is enacted. Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta leader and Prime Minister, at the Government House, Bangkok, on Tuesday, 19 April 2016, told the media that people who participate in campaigns either to accept or not accept the latest draft constitution may face up to 10 years’ imprisonment under the Referendum Bill.