28 Sep 2016
Citing the 7 August referendum results, Thailand’s Constitutional Court has ruled that the junta-backed draft charter must give the junta-appointed senate the right to activate the special mechanism to allow an ‘outsider’ Prime Minister.
1 Jun 2016
Thailand’s Office of the Ombudsman has concluded that the Referendum Act might be unconstitutional as its ambiguity allows the authorities to clamp down on the draft charter critics. Raksagecha Chaechai, Secretary-General of the Office of the Ombudsman, on Wednesday, 1 June 2016, announced that the Ombudsman’s Office will submit a request to the Constitutional Court to rule whether the 2016 Referendum Act is unconstitutional or not.
11 May 2016
Former senators, human rights and election commissioners have pointed out that the laws regulating campaigns before the referendum to pass the junta-sponsored draft constitution ironically go against the junta’s Interim Charter. Jon Ungpakorn, a former senator and current director of iLaw, a human rights advocacy group, Kraisak Choonhavan, former senator, and Niran Pitakwatchara, former member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), on Tuesday, 10 May 2016, submitted a letter to Raksagecha Chaechai, Secretary-General of the Office of the Ombudsman.
19 Jan 2016
The Pheu Thai Party says that the Constitutional Court should not have the authority to rule on political deadlocks because it is ‘undemocratic’. According to Matichon Online, Phumtham Vejchayachai, Acting Secretary General of the Pheu Thai Party, on Sunday 17 January 2016, criticised the content of the new draft constitution on the authority of the Constitutional Court.
12 Jan 2016
The junta-appointed drafters of the new constitution have concluded that under the new charter the controversial Constitutional Court will have jurisdiction in times of political crisis. At the mobile meeting in Cha Am District of Phetchaburi Province, the Constitutional Drafting Committee (CDC) on Monday, 11 January 2016, announced that the new charter will move the language of Article 7 of the 2007 Constitution to the section on the jurisdiction of the Constitutional Court instead.
10 Jul 2015
The Criminal Court has dropped charges against anti-election protesters who barricaded a Bangkok District Office in early 2014 to prevent the general election from taking place. According to T News, at 10:00 am on Thursday, 9 July 2015, Bangkok’s Criminal Court dropped charges against People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) demonstrators who barred the Din Daeng District Office in northern Bangkok, to prevent the distribution of ballot papers polling stations on 2 February 2014.
2 Mar 2015
In January 2015, the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) began drafting the new Thai constitution with the promise of significant changes to return true democracy to the country. Yet, as the drafting continues, there is growing concern that it will never deliver on its promise. Thailand’s clock will turn back at least two decades to the pre-1997 era, which was characterized by weak and chaotic government and by the unchecked power of unelected elites.
7 Jul 2014
The latest round of Thai political crisis, which ended with a coup d'etat, started with the controversial blanket amnesty bill, supported by the leading Pheu Thai party and also about to end with the manesty.
7 May 2014
The Constitutional Court on Wednesday unanimously voted to remove Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and nine other cabinet members from the caretaker positions. The court found them guilty of abuse of power for transferring a senior government official without justification, adding another sequence in in what critics viewed as a “judicial coup” in Thai politics.
16 Apr 2014
The latest attempt to remove Acting Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra over the transfer of former, and now re-instated, National Security Council Secretary-General Thawil Pliensri has run into some legal wrangling. The Supreme Administrative Court found that the transfer of Sec-Gen Thawil, shortly after the Yingluck administration took power, was illegal. Thawil argued that it was motivated by the patron-client system and “if the patronage system stays strong, how can civil officials be counted on to do their jobs correctly?” he argued.
7 Apr 2014
The pro-government United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) or red-shirt protesters have rallied since Saturday on Aksa Road on the western outskirts of Bangkok, vowing to protect the government against an upcoming charter court ruling that could see caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra toppled within weeks. The red shirts’ 3-day-long rally also aimed to counter the anti-government protesters who have been protesting for five months.