Meechai Ruchuphan

9 Feb 2016
After years of fighting for rights over land and resources, communities living on disputed land or standing on the way of state megaprojects are to be left destitute under the new draft constitution written by the junta-appointed Constitutional Drafting Committee (CDC).
9 Feb 2016
Latest draft constitution has a lot of issues for us to examine: an outsider PM, increasing the power of independent state organizations, unelected senators, a Constitution that can’t be amended, extending the duration of the National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA), a trick to dispose of PMs and Cabinet members, infinite amnesty for National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) members, and continued use of Article 44.
8 Feb 2016
Rather than acting for the people, Thailand’s latest constitution drafting committee are the junta’s loyal servants, writes Khemthong Tonsakulrungruang. Thailand’s 1997 and 2007 constitutions both contained elaborate protections for the rights and freedoms of the people. The 2016 draft constitution represents a major overhaul in the in this area, often for worse. Meechai Ruchupan, the President of the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC), has chosen a different path from his predecessors.
2 Feb 2016
The Election Commission of Thailand has proposed penalties for people who distort facts about the draft constitution while the Royal Thai Army says it will help promote a correct understanding.   
29 Jan 2016
If Thais don’t vote for the draft constitution in the referendum, which constitution will we use? I say the interim 2014 Constitution will still be used.  It won’t have been revoked. Then we will think what to do.  People stare like I’ve gone mad for saying we use the 2014 Constitution as permanent. I’m not mad. We keep using it until someone revokes it. If the draft constitution comes out, it will be revoked.
23 Dec 2011
Meechai Ruchuphan, a veteran legal expert who has served several governments and juntas in various capacities in the last three decades, has given his views on the lèse majesté law in his answer to a question posted at his website by one of his readers.


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