National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)
11 Dec 2015
After the Thai junta’s legal office filed lèse majesté and sedition charges against a factory worker for pressing ‘like’ on Facebook, the police have announced that hundreds more will be charged with lèse majesté for similar actions. According to Matichon Online, police investigators are now gathering information and evidence to press charges against 20 administrators of an anti-establishment red-shirt Facebook group called ‘the National Red Shirts Association’.
10 Dec 2015
A 27-year-old factory worker detained for posting infographics about Rajabhakti Park corruption scandal received additional lèse majesté and sedition charges for liking ‘inappropriate’ Facebook pictures.
3 Dec 2015
Thai authorities should promptly and impartially investigate the alleged torture of suspects in military detention, Human Rights Watch said today. To prevent further abuses, the government should immediately transfer all civilians detained at military facilities to officially recognized civilian places of detention.
3 Dec 2015
Thai academics have kicked off an online campaign, demanding that the junta ‘unconditionally’ end the persecution of political dissidents.
27 Nov 2015
As the latest corruption scandal shows, the Thai junta hasn’t rid the country of dodgy politicians; it’s simply taken their place. Anti-corruption has been a poster child of anti-democratic groups in Thailand since 2005. The People’s Alliance for Democracy (2005-2008), the Council for National Security (2006-2007), the People’s Democratic Reform Council (2013-2014), and the National Council of Peace and Order (2014–present) have all used it to drive their agenda.
24 Nov 2015
Media experts have pointed out that the military regime uses the 2008 broadcasting law and a broadcasting regulatory agency as a media control apparatus. According to iLaw, the Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and the Professionals of Broadcasting Council (PBC) (Thailand) on 18 November 2015 co-organised a seminar titled ‘Law vs. Production of TV Programmes’ at the Royal Thai Army Club in Bangkok.
24 Nov 2015
On 11 November 2015, Changpuak police station, Chiang Mai, issued summons for a group of six academics from various universities.
24 Nov 2015
The Thai Consulate in Chicago, US, reportedly attempted to prevent overseas Thai students to attend a lecture of a well known anti-junta figure. According to Pavin Chachavalpongpun, a fierce critic of the Thai junta who is a Thai Associate Professor at the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Japan, the Thai Consulate in Chicago, US, last week attempted to prevent Thai students from attending his lecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
5 Nov 2015
Thai anti-junta activists indicted under the junta’s political gathering ban have refused the jurisdiction of military courts in their cases, reasoning that they should be tried by the courts of justice.
30 Oct 2015
Following the controversial 12 nationalistic Thai values introduced in the aftermath of the 2014 coup d’état and the construction of a theme park with grandiose monuments of ancient kings, the Thai junta has now published its latest version of Thai history, which many historians view as an attempt to legitimize military rule via a narrow nationalistic history.
16 Oct 2015
Thai military officers detained for an ‘attitude adjustment’ session a political activist who accused the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of cronyism. Military officers on at 5:13 pm Thursday 15 October 2015 paid a visit to Srisuwan Janya, Secretary-General of the Thai Constitution Protection Association before taking him to the First Army Region Headquarters on Ratchadamnoen Road in central Bangkok.
15 Oct 2015
It is reported that the policy steering committee of the National Council for Peace and Order has sent a proposal on fisheries for the approval of the Cabinet (which contains a number of NCPO members). The idea is to pay 228.4 million baht in compensation to 4,800 fishing boats that have been operating without a licence or with illegal fishing gear.