National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)
22 May 2015
Thailand's park officers arrested four villagers allegedly clearing plots of land in a protected area in northeastern Thailand. According to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), eight officers from the Royal Forest Department (RFD) of the northeastern province of Chaiyaphum arrested four villagers from Kon San Sub-district while the villagers were clearing vegetation in Kok Yao protected area of the province.
22 May 2015
(New York, May 22, 2015) – One year after seizing power, Thailand’s military junta has used dictatorial power to systematically repress human rights throughout the country, Human Rights Watch said today. The ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), led by Prime Minister Gen.
21 May 2015
The Thai authorities revealed a plan to reclaim over 715,066 rai of rubber plantations allegedly growing in protected areas to serve the Thai junta’s forest protection policy. According to Thairath News, Nipon Chotiban, Director-General of Thailand’s Department of National Parks (DNP), told the media in early May that the DNP plans to reclaim over 715,066 rai (1,144 sq.km) of rubber farms which were allegedly planted in protected areas nationwide.
20 May 2015
(New York, May 19, 2015) – Five years on, the Thai government has not prosecuted those responsible for the 2010 political violence in Thailand, Human Rights Watch said today.
12 May 2015
In May 2014 Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha stated that he wanted “to create an enabling environment that would facilitate the holding of elections” which “ will be free and fair, so that [it] can become a solid foundation for a complete Thai democracy”. Unfortunately in practice the human rights situation in Thailand is moving in the opposite direction and every action by the military government seems to have the specific purpose of silencing dissent and eliminating any effective opposition.
6 May 2015
Amnesty International urged the Thai junta to remove censorships over media and stop the prosecutions of people of the press in the name of national security. On Sunday, Amnesty International issued a public statement to the Thai junta on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, which is on 3 May of every year. The statement pointed out that since the imposition of the martial law on 20 May 2014 and the subsequent coup d’état, the junta maintains tight control over media, claiming that it is necessary for national security.
1 May 2015
After the state broadcasting agency abruptly ordered a red-shirt TV off air on Thursday night, the station issued a statement against the order, saying that it was partial and motivated by politics.
30 Apr 2015
Deputy Prime Minister Visanu Krue-ngam says that only the cabinet and the junta have the authority to decide whether a public referendum on the draft constitution should be held.
23 Apr 2015
A number of academics, lawyers, and political activists on Wednesday received official letters from the Thai junta’s Centre for Reconciliation and Reform (CRR), inviting them to a meeting on reconciliation. The junta’s letters, which were issued on 17 April, invite at least 17 leading pro-democracy academics, lawyers, student activists, and members of the press in Thailand for a discussion on reconciliation, scheduled at the Thai Army Club in Bangkok at 9:30 am on Thursday.
21 Apr 2015
Thai authorities forced the cancellation of an event to commemorate the death of a taxi driver who committed suicide because of the 2006 coup d’état, claiming that the event carries a political message.
20 Apr 2015
The Thai junta leader claimed that the Thai economy is improving and that it has made progress in several national reform issues, but people should not criticise the regime. Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta leader and Prime Minister, said on his Friday evening TV programme that the government is looking into mega infrastructure projects, such as developing the international airports in Bangkok and tourist hubs in other regions, and projects to improve the national and Bangkok metropolitan railway networks.
17 Apr 2015
The Thai junta issued a new order to establish a committee to cooperate with foreign experts on democratic development while still prohibiting criticism of the new draft constitution.