23 Mar 2020
A new investigation by Amnesty International published today exposes how the Thai military routinely subject new conscripts to a barrage of beating, humiliation and sexual abuse that often amounts to torture.
11 Dec 2019
This week in Alien Thoughts, Harrison George talks about what could happen once military conscription is abolished.
7 Jan 2019
Future Forward Party, a new progressive political party led by Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, a famous millionaire, ran an online poll regarding military conscription in Thailand. From 24-31 December 2018, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit posted an opinion poll on his facebook page with a message: You can choose. #FutureForwardParty proposes a military reform policy for a modern army. End conscription, have a voluntary armed force except during wartime, cut the military establishment by half to 170,000, reduce the number of generals from 1,600 to 400.
15 Aug 2018
Saturday, 7 April 20189.30 pm, Huay Nam Sai village, Phatthalung province I traveled to Phatthalung this evening. Whenever there are long holidays stretched over several days, I go home to visit my parents. But this trip was to postpone my military service, not for the Songkran [Buddhist New Year] holiday.
3 Nov 2017
After social media attacks for criticising Thailand’s military conscription system, a former private says his criticisms should be used to make the army more professional. Phongsathon Chankaew, founder of the Way’s up media website and independent social worker, posted a Facebook message on 2 November 2017 about his decision to remove his earlier post about military conscription.