15 Jun 2016
More than 10 Pheu Thai politicians have simultaneously denounced the junta’s charter draft for its undemocratic origin and content, adding that they will vote against it in the August referendum. One politician argues that the charter draft is actually an amnesty bill for the junta. On Wednesday, 15 June 2016, prominent politicians of the Pheu Thai Party, the anti-establishment political party with a strong affiliation with Thaksin Shinawatra, simultaneously declared their stance against the junta’s charter draft on their Facebook accounts.
13 Jun 2016
The deputy junta head has said the red shirt’s referendum watch campaign is not allowed since it is the responsibility of existing government agencies.
2 Jun 2016
The junta head has said that if the Constitutional Court rules that the controversial Referendum Act is unconstitutional, the August referendum might be postponed.
1 Jun 2016
For the first time, the junta has arranged a so-called attitude adjustment session outside a military barrack.
10 May 2016
Weakening elected government officials, enhancing bureaucracy, and increasing relations with influential capitalists is what the military is trying to do to secure its legitimacy after “the transition”, says Prajak Kongkirati, a political scientist from Thammasat University.
6 May 2016
Thai academics and activists have announced that they will deactivate their Facebook accounts as a protest against Facebook Thailand for its compromise with the junta on censorship.
6 May 2016
The latest order by the junta replaces elected local councillors with appointed government officials and gives the junta head the power to directly dismiss ‘corrupt’ councillors. This will allow the junta to take total control of local administrative organizations across the country within four years. On Thursday, 5 May 2016, the Royal Gazette published NCPO Order No. 22/2016 on the selection of local administration councillor.
4 May 2016
Thai human rights are in free fall; the ruling junta perceives human rights as a threat to national security. NCPO Order No. 13/2016 is the junta’s attempt to establish a full military regime, says Sunai Phasuk, advisor to Human Rights Watch Thailand.
3 May 2016
An abducted critic of the junta charged with lѐse majesté has warned that private Facebook chat is no longer safe under the military regime. On Monday, 2 May 2016, the Facebook page of a citizen journalist titled ‘Fahroong Srikhao’ published an interview from jail with Harit Mahaton, one of the eight junta critics abducted by the military on 27 April.
29 Apr 2016
The Military Court has rejected bail for the eight junta critics abducted by the military on Wednesday, citing the authority of a junta order and the severity of the crime. On Friday, 29 April 2016, the court rejected the offer, by lawyers and relatives of the eight junta critics abducted by the military on Wednesday, of 100,000 baht as bail for each critic, ruling that the eight committed serious crimes as a network.
29 Apr 2016
The junta’s lawmakers have unanimously decided to increase penalties under the Computer Crime Act and establish a committee to handle cases under the Act, bypassing the courts. On Friday, 29 April 2016, BBC Thai reported that the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), the junta-appointed legislature, gave the green light to amend the Computer Crime Act. In an urgent meeting, the NLA voted 16
27 Apr 2016
Update: The BBC Thai reported that the military have abducted five persons, including Harit Mahaton and Nithi Kooltasnasilp in total on Wednesday morning. The name of another detainee among the five is Supachai Saibutr, 30. According to Supachai’s father, soldiers arrested him from his house at 5:30 am in Bangkok, citing national security. The father added that Supachai was taken to the 11th Military Circle in Bangkok.