After five years under the junta’s rule, Thailand is finally holding a general election on 24 March. This is the first election in eight years, if we don’t count the 2014 general election, which faced severe obstruction and violence and was subsequently ruled invalid by the Constitutional Court. Due to this long break, Thailand now has a larger than ever group of first-time voters. According to elect.in.th, in 2011, when the last successful election took place, first-time voters made up 1.96% of all eligible voters, whereas right now, first-time voters make up 13.74%.
Learn about the diverse changes in the employment system in the electronics industry which employs more than half a million people, like the ‘4 days on 2 days off’ case, where although workers lost this case in court, they still speak of its impact on their incomes, families and health. Or using large numbers of student interns as if they were workers but with low wages and welfare, where some accountancy graduates clean machinery. Or employing Cambodian workers through a system of MOUs with different welfare conditions, which is one of the reasons the labour unions are weak.
Conflicts between stakeholders and local communities adversely affected by large-scale development projects are long-standing, and the communities always lose the battle. The National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights, which will provide measures for businesses and governments to prevent and remedy adverse impacts on the environment and the community.
"A City of Angels, built by angels, the central city of governance, brilliant and beautiful temples and palaces, the capital of Thailand." It’s probably not surprising that the slogan for Bangkok has no trace of humans in it.
It’s now official: the election will be held on 24 March 2019. Even though political parties, politicians, activists have started on their election campaigns, something that happened during election delays merits retrospection: a debate on the street between an ultra-right winger and a democratic activist.
Story by Nutcha Tantivitayapitak
Story by Nalutporn Krairiksh Photos by Kotcharak Kaewsurach and the Mirror Foundation “If Uncle Uan is gone, who will give us the winning numbers?” An auntie in the neighbourhood cited Uncle Uan’s function while the police were taking him to Somdet Chao Phraya Hospital.
Originally published in Thai on the101.world Story and photo by Varuth Pongsapipatt Translated by Prachatai English
"...Each of us knows where the lines are drawn, where we cannot step over, where we can move the line a little, and where we can cross without care. It is only the journey of life in which each draws their own legal, health, traditional, community and social lines, even when facing God."
Kuekkong Bupphawan, the son of disappeared political activist Chatchan Bupphawan, or Phuchana, told Prachatai that he and his mother went to the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the Police Hospital yesterday (22 January 2019) to testify on the case of Phuchana’s disappearance and supposed murder, and to receive the autopsy and DNA test results for one of the mutilated bodies found in the Mekhong River, now confirmed to be that of Phuchana.