4 Feb 2016
The Commander of the Royal Thai Army has announced that military students will be sent to stand at referendum polling stations to inform people about the draft constitution. At the event to celebrate the 68th anniversary of the Territorial Defence Command (TDC) on Thursday, 4 February 2016, Gen Teerachai Nakwanich, Chief of the Royal Thai Army, said that Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC), students, high school and college students undergoing military training, will be deployed at polling stations set up nationwide for the public referendum on the draft constitution.
3 Feb 2016
A military officer in northern Thailand has sued a Lahu ethnic minority activist for posting a facebook video clip, saying that the clip defamed him and injured the honor of Thai military.
24 Dec 2015
A rally organised by civil society groups promoting land rights and land reform has been called off after the military invited rally leaders for discussions. According to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), on Wednesday morning, 23 December 2015, Direk Kongngern, President of the Northern Development Foundation (NDF) and nine other participants in the rally organised by NDF and People’s Movement for Just Society (P-Move) were summoned for a discussion with the military.
13 Nov 2015
While the Thai junta insists their primary mission is to reform the country, a year has lapsed since the National Reform Council (NRC) presented 505 reform proposals to the National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA).
12 Nov 2015
The Thai police have announced that they have not yet proceeded to investigate allegations of graft in the construction of the military’s royal theme park, saying that no one has so far filed a case. On Wednesday, 11 November 2015, Pol Maj Gen Piyapan Pingmuang, Deputy Spokesperson of the Royal Thai Police, told the media that the police have not yet summoned Gen Udomdej Sitabutr, the current Deputy Defence Minister and former Army Commander-in-chief, for interrogation on corruption in the construction of Rajabhakti Park.
11 Nov 2015
As Thailand’s time under a military regime drags on for a year and a half without any prospect of an election in the near future, an independent writer and democracy activist says that political reform is just an empty promise if the Thai military does not reform itself.
2 Nov 2015
Pro-democracy activists gathered in front of Army Headquarters to call for military reform at an event commemorating the suicide of a taxi driver, who hanged himself from a bridge to protest the 2006 military coup d’état. In the late afternoon of Saturday, 31 October 2015, anti-junta activists from the Resistant Citizens Group and a large crowd gathered at the 14 October Memorial on Rachadamnoen Avenue on the 9th anniversary of the suicide of Numthong Praiwan, a taxi driver.
23 Sep 2015
Thai universities have just started their delayed academic year, but bang on cue, the articles pour in about what happens to new students at institutes of higher education. In the English reports, the preferred term is normally ‘hazing’, but take a moment to look at the Thai term – ‘rab nong’ – which carries none of the connotations of a potentially dangerous or embarrassing rite of passage.
20 Aug 2015
The military officers in northern Thailand have attempted to prevent a group of villagers from submitting a complaint to the provincial governor, saying that the act might breach the Public Assembly Act recently enacted.
6 Jul 2015
The military officers in northern Thailand have threatened to force the cancellation of a discussion about LGBT if it touches on political issues. According to Prachatham News, military officers from 33rd Army Division of the northern province of Chiang Mai at 12:30 pm on Saturday, 4 July 2015, came to inspect an event called ‘Gender & LGBTIQs in Modern Society’ at the Cultural Exhibition Hall of Chiang Mai University.
29 May 2015
Khaosod English: Soldiers have disrupted two meetings organized by Pheu Thai politicians who were gathering in northeastern Thailand this week to discuss their legal defense for a pending impeachment trial.
27 Apr 2015
The military ordered Burapha University students to cancel a movie screening, reasoning that some of the movie content threatens national security. Last Thursday, a Facebook page called ‘Bangsaenrama’ for a movie festival organised by students of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science of Burapha University in eastern Chonburi Province, revealed that the military had contacted the students to cancel the film screening.