25 Jul 2016
The Thai police have arrested a northerner suspected of sending thousands of anti-draft charter letters after the military detained his parents. Police officers from the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) on Saturday afternoon, 23 July 2016, arrested Wisarut Khunnitisan, 38, from a condominium in Bangkok and flew him to the northern province of Chiang Mai.
21 Jul 2016
The Thai authorities have searched the homes of leading anti-establishment red shirt figures in northern Thailand in the hunt for the persons who sent letters criticising the junta-sponsored draft charter.
13 Jul 2016
Authorities have confiscated over 2,000 letters from anonymous senders containing information against the junta’s draft charter in the northern province of Chiang Mai while another 3,000 were found in Lampang a day earlier.
12 Jul 2016
Soldiers and police officers in Chiang Mai intimidated a staff of Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), asking whether he was distributing booklets against the junta-sponsored draft constitution or involving with Prachatai website.
4 Jul 2016
Police officers and soldiers have again confiscated ‘right to campaign’ balloons from pro-democracy activists in northern Thailand, threatening to prosecute the activists if they continue the campaign. On Sunday, 3 July 2016, over 10 police officers and soldiers confiscated balloons printed with the message “campaigning is not a crime” from activists of the Free Maejo for Democracy group, a pro-democracy student activist group in the northern province of Chiang Mai, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) repor
30 Jun 2016
After a series of arrests and the detention of junta opponents, activists across the country have come up with new tactics to campaign for fair play in the August referendum. Instead of hosting seminars, handing out flyers, and marching, they are using more creative non-violent protest methods like balloons, dolls, and cartoon figures.
31 May 2016
The Civil Court has dismissed a case filed against the Defence Ministry, the Royal Thai Army and the Prime Minister's Office over the death of a Karen private who was allegedly tortured in a military base shortly before his death.
13 May 2016
A recent survey has shown that the majority of Thai people want the size and tasks of Thai military to be curtailed, and believe it should not have any responsibility other than protecting national sovereignty. People Poll Thailand has published the result of a survey on Thai military reform, revealing that more that 79 percent of respondents think that the size of the Thai military should be reduced, and only 11.9 percent think that the current size is appropriate.
3 May 2016
The Thai military in the northern province of Chiang Mai summoned a pro-democracy academic and activists into a military camp.
31 Mar 2016
The Thai military have summoned 2 journalists in the northern province of Chiang Mai for a discussion over a news report about a red bowl inscribed with Thai new year greetings from former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
29 Mar 2016
Thai military summoned a villager in the northern province of Chiang Mai for posting a picture of a red bowl with the signature of the controversial former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on it and accused her of sedition.
9 Mar 2016
I was relieved to read Ajan Nidhi Eoseewong’s article in Prachatai English this past Tuesday, March 1st, about the rise of Islamophobia amongst Buddhist groups in northern Thailand. Ajan Nidhi’s article addresses the recent opposition to the construction of a halal industrial park in Chiang Mai on the part of a consortium of influential Buddhist groups. Sadly, this is only the most recent example of Buddhist objection to Muslim religious expression in the north.