National Legislative Assembly (NLA)
Thai netizens have staged a protest against the draconian Computer Crime Bill the junta’s lawmakers recently passed. At 3 pm on 18 December 2016, four youth activists gathered at Bangkok Art and Culture Center (BACC), Bangkok, to stage a symbolic protest against the new controversial Computer Crime Bill. The junta’s National Legislative Assembly (NLA) passed the bill during the third reading with 167-0 votes in favor and five abstentions on Friday.
Despite the protests of over 300,000 Thais, the junta’s lawmakers have passed the controversial Computer Crimes Bill to provide the state with heightened online surveillance and censorship powers. On 16 December 2016, the National Legislative Assembly, the junta-appointed law-making body, unanimously passed an amendment to the controversial Computer Crime Act.
Alarm has been raised over last minute changes to the controversial Computer Crime Bill that the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) will vote on tomorrow.
More than 300,000 Thais have signed a petition opposing the new Computer Crime Bill that will allow greater government control over information online. On 15 December 2016, representatives of the Thai Netizen Network (TNN) and Amnesty International (AI) submitted the signatures to the President of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), the junta-appointed law-making body.
A civil society group has called on people to engage in a social media campaign to prevent the junta’s lawmakers to pass the new draconian Computer Crime Bill.
A network of anti-mine activist groups has condemned the Thai junta for pushing a new controversial mining bill without public participation. On 7 December 2016, the People’s Network of Ore Owners, a coalition of anti-mine activist groups from across the nation, issued a public statement to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA).
Despite opposition from environmental activists and civil society groups, the junta’s lawmakers could soon pass a new Mining Bill to ease environmental regulations for mining businesses. On 1 December 2016, the National Legislative Assembly will consider the new Mining Bill, which was proposed by the Ministry of Industry to replace the 1967 Mining Act and the 1966 Mineral Royalty Rate Act. The bill had been put on fast track by the junta’s cabinet but has received stiff disapproval from academics and environmental activists.
The appointment of more senior soldiers to the junta’s rubber-stamp parliament was necessary to maintain national peace and order even though they have neither legislative experience nor legal knowledge, according to the junta’s chief legislator.
The Thai Digital Federation has urged lawmakers to amend the Computer Crime Bill draft, saying that it opens space for authorities to suppress rights to freedom of expression.
The junta-appointed senate should have the right to propose Prime Ministerial candidates, said a spokesman for the junta’s lawmakers. On Tuesday, 23 August 2016, Jet Siratharanon, the spokesperson for the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), the junta’s lawmakers, revealed that the NLA have a unanimous stance on the issue of the controversial additional question, which was passed the 7 August referendum with a landslide.