Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha
7 Oct 2016
Despite the junta’s nationalistic rhetoric, the deportation of Joshua Wong has sparked debate over Thailand’s sovereignty and foreign policy as the regime appears increasingly eager to please Beijing.
5 Oct 2016
The junta head has said that pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong was not detained by the Thai authorities, but was rather just ‘flying over’ Thailand, adding that there is no difference between sending the activist to Hong Kong or Mainland China since both are the same country. On 5 October 2016, Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta leader and PM, said Thai immigration officials did not detain or arrest Hong Kong student activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung, a key leader of the Umbrella Revolution.
4 Oct 2016
The Thai junta leader has condemned the media for defaming the country internationally, after stories of an ethnic minority woman bathing in a pothole reached the foreign press.
29 Sep 2016
Thailand’s junta head has accused human right defenders and pro-democracy activists of wanting to be prosecuted as a way to discredit the military regime internationally. On 28 September 2016, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta premier, stated that the junta’s various laws limiting freedom of expression do not affect the majority of Thai people. Rather, the few who violate these laws merely want to be prosecuted so they can discredit the junta on the world stage.
16 Sep 2016
The Thai junta leader has invoked his absolute power to establish a ‘front-line cabinet’ working directly under the junta’s supervision to resolve conflicts in Thailand’s restive Deep South. The Royal Gazette website on 15 September 2016 published National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Head’s Order 57/2016. The order was authorised by Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta leader and Prime Minister, using Section 44 of the Interim Constitution, which gives the regime absolute power.
15 Sep 2016
Thailand’s political landscape seems haunted by figures, events and images that once symbolised progressive change. Such change arguably has not come, yet the same symbols linger on, in newspapers, activist pamphlets and state media.
14 Sep 2016
In response to recent bomb attacks, the junta will establish a ‘front-line cabinet’ working directly under the junta’s supervision to resolve conflicts in Thailand’s restive Deep South. The junta is in the process of establishing a ‘front-line cabinet’, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta head and Prime Minister, told the media at Government House on 13 September 2016. This cabinet is expected to work directly under the junta on the peace talks process with Deep South insurgents.
14 Sep 2016
Amidst the fallout of recent bombings in the restive Deep South, the military government has extended the state of emergency in the region. On 13 September 2016, the Royal Gazette website published an announcement from the military government titled ‘The Extension of the State of Emergency in Yala, Pattani, and Narathiwat except Mae Lan District [of Pattani]’.The announcement was approved by Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta leader and Prime Minister, and his cabinet.
14 Sep 2016
While Thailand’s junta leader has enacted an order halting the trial of civilians in military courts, the deputy junta head has said this order could be nullified if ‘instability’ returns. On 13 September 2016, Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, the deputy junta head and Defence Minister, said that Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta leader and Prime Minister, has shown his commitment to a democratic system of governance by authorising the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Head’s Order No. 55/2016.
13 Sep 2016
The Thai junta’s Order today phasing out the prosecution of civilians in military courts is a welcome step but the military government must do much more to comply with its international human rights obligations, said the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) today.
29 Aug 2016
The junta head has said insurgents in Thailand’s restive Deep South must stop all violence and merge into one group before initiating peace talks with the Thai government. On Monday, 29 August 2016, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta head and Prime Minister, spoke to the media about discussions on the Terms of Reference (ToR) for talks between the Thai government and Mara Patani, representing insurgent groups in Thailand’s restive Deep South, which will be held on 2 July in Malaysia.
26 Aug 2016
To amend woes in the new constitution, the Thai junta premier has once again enacted absolute power to issue an order aimed at patronising and protecting Buddhism and other faiths. However, experts warn the order could be used by the authorities as a license to suppress rights and liberty.