National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)
29 Jan 2015
(New York, January 29, 2015) – Thailand’s military government has severely repressed fundamental rights and freedoms since the May 22, 2014 coup, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Re
29 Jan 2015
The Thai junta has ordered a German foundation to cancel a planned seminar on Thai media, scheduled to be held on Saturday, citing the “sensitivity” of the issue. The Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) revealed to Prachatai that the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) forced the foundation to cancel the 2014 Asian Media Barometer Thailand event planned for Friday at a hotel in Ratchathewi, Bangkok. The event was to be held jointly with the Thai Journalists Association (TJA).
29 Jan 2015
On 23 January 2013 the Criminal Court in Bangkok convicted Somyot Prueksakasemsuk of two violations of Article 112 of the Criminal Code. Somyot Prueksakasemsuk is a long-time labour rights activist and human rights defender. The Court found Somyot guilty on both charges, and he was sentenced to ten years in prison in this case, as well as to one year in prison in relation to a prior case.
27 Jan 2015
In a move that caught observers completely unaware, the National Anti-Corruption Commission has initiated moves to impeach the National Legislative Assembly. Fresh from its victory in impeaching former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, the NACC seems intent on purging Thai politics of all forms of corruption. And in their way of thinking, voting constitutes a form of corruption.
22 Jan 2015
The court sentenced a former lèse majesté convict to two months and 20 days in prison for failing to report to the junta in June. The ex-lèse majesté convict is the first to be sentenced to a term of imprisonment for failing to report to the junta. Unlike others who pleaded guilty to defying coup orders, the court did not suspend the jail term because he was once convicted under lèse majesté law in 2009.
9 Jan 2015
The NCPO claims to be reclaiming forest land from investors, but the poor continue to suffer. Junta policy introduced under martial law destroys livelihoods of thousands of forest inhabitants.
17 Dec 2014
An ex-lèse majesté suspect charged with disobeying a junta order pleaded guilty to failing to report to the junta in June, despite the fact that he had earlier been arrested by the junta. Nut S., an anti-coup activist accused of defying the coup order which summoned him to report to the coup-makers in June, pleaded guilty during the trial at the military court in Bangkok on Wednesday morning.
13 Dec 2014
Anti-coup student activist, who in November was arrested for flashing the anti-coup three-fingered salute at the Hunger Game 3 premiere, was threatened with rape by what are thought to be plainclothes military officers assigned to follow and watch her.
9 Dec 2014
The military demolished a roadside souvenir stall and confiscated fruit, wine and other processed fruit products in a northern touristic province allegedly because they believed the ‘square face’ logo on the products symbolized the controversial ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
3 Dec 2014
The police arrested two men for distributing anti-junta leaflets last week and charged them with instigating conflict and instability in the country. According to Matichon online, Pol Maj Gen Sriwara Rangsiphramnakul, commander of the Metropolitan Police, held a press briefing on Tuesday about the arrests of Sithitat Laowanichtanapha, 54, and Wachira Thongsuk. The two men were accused of distributing fliers against the junta at the Victory Monument in central Bangkok in the early hours of 23 November.
27 Nov 2014
A military court has sentenced an anti-coup politician who failed to report to the military to a year in prison. The penalty was halved and the jail term was suspended because the defendant pleaded guilty.
25 Nov 2014
After the paranoid Thai military pressured students in northern Thailand to cancel a discussion during a lunch session, students responded by distributing anti-junta leaflets in the university’s restrooms. Over 30 military officers came to Chiang Mai University on Tuesday afternoon to monitor an activity ‘Eating and Debating Student Activities under Martial Law’, an event organized by students from Chiang Mai University in the northern province of Chiang Mai.