National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)
14 Sep 2015
Pravit Rojanaphruk, a veteran journalist and provocative critic of the Thai military from The Nation newspaper, has been detained incommunicado since Sunday. At 2 pm on Sunday, Pravit reported to the military at the 1st Army Area after two military officers on Saturday went to his house with the intention of detaining him, but did not find him.
11 Sep 2015
Thailand’s junta should immediately disclose the whereabouts of a former government minister whom the military detained on September 9, 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. Pichai Naripthaphan, who was energy minister from 2011 to 2012, is being held in incommunicado detention.
11 Sep 2015
Despite the possibility of heavier jail term, an anti-junta activist charged with violating Thai junta’s political gathering ban vows to stand firm on principles and fight on. The Court of Pathumwan District, Bangkok, on Friday morning, 11 September 2015, held the first plaintiff examination hearing on a case of Apichat P., an anti-coup activist, who has been charged with violating the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)’s Order No. 7/2014, which prohibits any political gathering of more than five persons.
11 Sep 2015
Much has been made of the National Council for Peace and Order’s attempts at political reconciliation and its voting down its own draft constitution in an act of political theater. In fact, everyone in ‘Amazing Thailand’ right now is engaged in a giant ‘democratic thought experiment’ – trapped in a giant, country-size military camp. As no one except General Prayut, the NCPO, and the National Legislative Assembly has any power in these ‘special circumstances’, the whole country has an ideal opportunity to collectively consider the nature of power and the absence of it – nautonomy.
10 Sep 2015
The Thai junta has summoned one Pheu Thai politician after another, saying that they are sabotaging the regime with false and biased comments. According to Matichon Online, the military on Thursday, 10 September 2015, summoned Karun Hosakul, a former Member of Parliament of the Pheu Thai Party, to the 11th Army Division headquarters. Matichon reported that Pimchana Hosakul, the politician’s wife, was not informed about the military summons.
7 Sep 2015
An anti-junta activist group has urged the junta to step down after the 2015 charter draft was rejected on Sunday, saying that the junta only wants to hold on to its power. The New Democracy Movement (NDM), a well known anti-junta activist group many of whose members were detained in late June for anti-junta gatherings , announced the group’s stand against the military government at Thammasat University, Tha Prachan Campus, on Sunday 4 pm, 6 September 2015.
7 Sep 2015
Thai Military and police officers stormed into a seminar about a Thai historical figure and forced the organisers to cancel the event, saying that it might be illegal under the volatile political situation. According to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), many police and military officers in plainclothes on Sunday, 6 September 2015, came to Santhi Prachatham Library of Satienkoset-Nakaprateep Foundation in central Bangkok and forced a seminar about the life of Narin Phasit, 1874-1950, to be aborted.
5 Sep 2015
The Thai junta has prohibited an anti-establishment red shirt group to organise a discussion on the 2015 Constitution Draft, saying that the group would propagate false information to malise the regime.
2 Sep 2015
The vote of the National Reform Council (NRC) for or against the draft constitution on 6 September 2015 is a pivotal point for Thai politics. At the end of the line, however, people will be given two main choices: whether to prolong the life of the Thai junta; or to have an elected government by late 2016, which will be lorded over by a ‘Crisis Panel’, a Thai style ‘Politburo’.
27 Aug 2015
Prosecutors in Isan in Thailand’s Northeast, have postponed an indictment of a lese majeste case involving a well known anti-establishment redshirt figure, Sombat Boonngamanong, aka. Nuling. On Wednesday, 26 August 2015, the prosecutor’s office of the northeastern province of Roi-Et, postponed the indictment of Sombat Boonngamanong, the leader of Red Sunday, red shirt. Sombat is accused of offenses under Article 112 of the Criminal Crime Code, the lese majeste law, and Article 14 of the Computer Crime Code, which forbids importing illegal online contents.
26 Aug 2015
Military personnel visited the office f an anti-establishment social-political journal, asking the editor his opinions towards the Thai junta. Five officers from the 5th Anti-aircraft Infantry at 1:45 pm on Tuesday, 25 August 2015, came to the office of Same Sky Journal (Fah Diew Kan in Thai). The officers said that they came to introduce themselves to people working at the publication because they have taken over the responsibility to do so in place of those who used to be in charge of the same task.
21 Aug 2015
The people of Thailand’s northeast, or Isan, continue to suffer from the Thai junta’s forest protection policies despite the authorities’ confirmation that there would be no evictions from protected areas for the time being.