8 Jun 2016
The future of Wat Ratha Dharma Nun has been cast into further question by the discovery of yet more grisly evidence of corpses of democracy and apparent links to the shadowy world of international dictatorship trafficking.
23 Sep 2015
Thai universities have just started their delayed academic year, but bang on cue, the articles pour in about what happens to new students at institutes of higher education. In the English reports, the preferred term is normally ‘hazing’, but take a moment to look at the Thai term – ‘rab nong’ – which carries none of the connotations of a potentially dangerous or embarrassing rite of passage.
12 Jun 2015
A call to summarily sack the Bangkok Governor over recent flash floods in the city has started an outpouring, nay, an overflow of similar calls. The Stop Global Warming Association called on Prime Minister and NCPO leader Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha to use his powers under Article 44 of the Interim Constitution to sack Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra. The Association blamed the Governor for the fact that a torrential overnight downpour caused widespread flooding on Monday morning, paralyzing traffic and deluging newspaper front pages with pictures of watery wastes.
31 Mar 2015
The military court has granted bail to a man who was accused of distributing anti-junta pamphlets. According to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), the military court in the eastern province of Chonburi on Monday granted 70,000 baht (2,151 USD) bail to Ponlawat Warodomputhikul, a 22-year-old factory worker from Mueang District of eastern Rayong Province.
20 Feb 2015
Thai police summoned a human rights lawyer accused of organizing a peaceful anti-junta demonstration on Valentine's Day to clarify his Facebook messages deemed seditious to the military regime.
9 Feb 2015
Military and police officers reportedly intimidated a group of students in the eastern province of Chonburi after the military suspected them of hanging up an anti-junta banner.
10 Dec 2014
I am a responsible consumer. When I get to the checkout, I flourish my cloth shopping bags. And the first time out in a new shop you can expect to be met with bemusement. Many will try to ignore the existence of the bags and start loading your purchases into the regular plastic. So you ask them not to do that and draw their attention to the cloth bags. One 7-Eleven employee immediately saw the light and pulled out another plastic bag into which he stuffed my cloth bags. At no extra charge, I hasten to add.
25 Nov 2014
(New York, November 25, 2014) – Thailand’s military government is severely repressing fundamental rights and freedoms six months after its May 22, 2014 coup, Human Rights Watch said today. The ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has shown no genuine signs of restoring democratic civilian rule.
18 Sep 2014
The military and police on Thursday evening detained four academics and three student activists for organizing and participating in a seminar about the end of dictatorial regimes in foreign countries after forcing the seminar to be stopped. They were released about 9.30pm. The seminar was a part of the political seminar series “Democracy Classroom”, organized by League of Liberal Thammasat for Democracy (LLTD), a progressive Thammasat student group.
22 Aug 2014
Thailand: Junta Leader Named Prime Minister Repression Continues Three Months After Military Coup AUGUST 22, 2014 (New York) – The appointment of Thailand’s junta leader as prime minister by the military-picked legislature does not advance human rights or a return to democratic rule, Human Rights Watch said today. On August 21, 2014, the 191-member National Legislative Asse
13 Jan 2014
So how are we going to shut down the whole of Bangkok? It’s easy. Like Khun Suthep said, everyone will come out onto the streets and no one will be able to go anywhere, especially the Thaksin clique and corrupt politicians.