National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)
30 Sep 2014
On 25 May 2014, three days after seizing the ruling power, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) issued the Announcement no.
24 Sep 2014
Since the coup d’état on 22 May, the junta has threatened and detained academics and students in many tertiary educational institutions. It even sent soldiers to storm on-going academic seminars and force them to stop. Despite the climate of fear, Thai academics are now protesting against the junta and the suppression of free speech by using a metal box. Yes, a metal box -- or ‘Peep’ in Thai.
24 Sep 2014
It doesn’t work. I’ve tried and tried, but it just doesn’t work. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Excuse me, but could I have my fare back please? What?
22 Sep 2014
The Asian Human Rights Commission wishes to express grave concern about the arrest, interrogation, and harassment of four academics and three students during a public lecture on 17 September 2014 at Thammasat University in Bangkok. This is the latest in a series of actions by the authorities in the four months since the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) overturned the civilian government in a coup on 22 May 2014.
22 Sep 2014
21 September 2014 On Thursday 18 September 2014, military and police officers went into Thammasat University's Rangsit campus to force academics and students to stop running a panel discussion, titled "Democracy Class, Lesson 2: The Downfalls of Dictatorships Abroad". Three students were arrested along with the speakers and the moderator, including Professor Dr. Nithi Eowsriwong, Dr. Chaowarit Chaosaengrat, Dr. Janjira Sombatpoonsiri, and Dr. Prajak Kongkirati.
11 Sep 2014
Thailand: Opposition Supporter 'Disappeared' End Arbitrary Arrests, Secret Military Detention 9 September 2014 The Thai government should immediately disclose the whereabouts of an opposition supporter arrested by soldiers in Bangkok on September 5, 2014, Human Rights Watch said today.
10 Sep 2014
The captain of Thai industry was interested to see the results of Thailand’s education reform. Hearing that a fast-tracked ‘model student’ had applied for employment at his firm, he decided to conduct the interview himself. Thai businesses have long complained that the products of the Thai education system are virtually unemployable, lacking the skills necessary for the modern economy. The CEO was eager to see the results of the NCPO-inspired reform of the schooling system in developing the kind of graduates that the corporate sector required.
10 Sep 2014
Instead of throwing an ice bucket over one’s head, the challenge is to sing a song whose lyrics touch every free spirit.
8 Sep 2014
During the hundred days since the military coup in May, 571 people have been summoned by the junta. Of this number, 14 were tortured and ill-treated during military detention, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) reported on Monday. According to the report, 14 people were allegedly tortured physically and psychologically by the army. Ex-detainees reported that they were beaten and electrocuted.
8 Sep 2014
Sulak Sivaraksa, a renowned loyalist and critic of the lèse majesté law, has condemned the suppression of freedom of expression, especially the use of the lèse majesté law to arrest and threaten civilians, academics and artists, saying the more despotic the regime is, the more people are being hunted for expressing their thoughts, while the junta leader on Friday defended the use of the draconian law. Sulak said the recent coup affected the monarchy and that the coup junta is using Article 112 or the lèse majesté law to suppress freedom fo
5 Sep 2014
A written submission to the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre THAILAND: Human rights in crisis three months after coup 1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to raise grave concerns with the Human Rights Council about the deepening human rights crisis in Thailand following the 22 May 2014 coup launched by a military junta calling itself the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and led by General Prayuth Chan-ocha.
3 Sep 2014
Baw Kaew villagers recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of their community’s re-establishment. Standing in front of their eviction notice, villagers intend to continue to fight peacefully for their land. Photo credit: Wilder Nicholson, Bowdoin College