National Legislative Assembly (NLA)
29 Apr 2016
The junta’s lawmakers have unanimously decided to increase penalties under the Computer Crime Act and establish a committee to handle cases under the Act, bypassing the courts. On Friday, 29 April 2016, BBC Thai reported that the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), the junta-appointed legislature, gave the green light to amend the Computer Crime Act. In an urgent meeting, the NLA voted 16
24 Sep 2015
This column is not an attempt to draw parallels between General Prayut Chan-ocha and Adolf Hitler nor to compare Thailand at present with Germany post-1933; it is an attempt to understand the similarities in how the present Thai and the historical German dictatorial models began.
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’.
30 Aug 2015
Under Thailand’s new constitution, the military does not have to carry out a coup d’état; the coup has already been written in to law. Last Saturday, the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) concluded its duties, releasing the second and final draft of Thailand’s constitution.
20 Aug 2015
Thai lawmakers have decided not to appoint an ultra-royalist to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) due to his tainted financial records. On Thursday, 20 August 2015, the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) voted to approve five of the seven candidates to the NHRC. The five approved candidates are Angkana Neelapaijit, Chatsuda Chandeeying, Surachet Sathitniramai, Wat Tingsamit, and Prakairat Tontheerawong.
24 Jul 2015
Thailand’s national assembly should reject the nominees for the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), whose selection process did not meet international standards, Human Rights Watch said today. Upcoming revisions to the Thai constitution should ensure that the NHRC is credible, independent, and accountable, and that its commissioners are chosen in a transparent manner, open to public scrutiny and broad-based participation.
21 Jul 2015
The Thai national rights agency has announced a list of seven candidates to replace the old human rights commissioners while a human researcher raised question whether most candidates are qualified as human rights defenders. On Tuesday, 21 July 2015, the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRC) announced the list of seven new members of the NHRC, who will be replacing the old NHRC members who have been in office since June 2009.
20 Jul 2015
Laws to privatize four leading universities in Thailand are to come into force amid concerns from many student activist groups. On Friday, 17 July 2015, laws on the privatisation of four leading state universities Thammasat, Kasetsart, Suan Dusit Rajabhat, all in Bangkok, and Khon Kaen in Thailand’s Northeast, were published in the Royal Gazette. In the Thai legislative system, a law is officially enacted a day after it is published in the Royal Gazette.
8 Jul 2015
The Thai junta’s cabinet gave the green light to a bill to establish a Military Reserve Force (MRF) Committee in order to tighten up calls for military service and set out criminal penalties for employers who refuse to pay their workers serving in the military. The cabinet on Monday, 7 July 2015, approved the Military Reserve Force Bill to form a ‘Military Reserve Force Committee’, which will have the authority to summon Thai males trained as ‘Nak Sueksa Wicha Thahan’, or Military Reserve Force, for additional training and military service if needed.
2 Jul 2015
Thai lawmakers have scrapped an opportunity of marriage equality for all SOGIEs (sexual orientations and gender identifications and expressions) in Thailand in the draft constitution, saying that the nation is not ready. According to the Foundation for SOGI Rights and Justice (FOR SOGI), the Constitutional Drafting Committee (CDC) reached a consensus on 26 June 2015 to remove the phrase “rights to marriage” from Article 38 in Section 2, the section on citizens’ and human rights of the draft constitution.
29 Jun 2015
The Thai authorities plan to amend the current Computer Crime Act to counter online threats to national security. According to Blognone, an IT news website, Suwapan Tanyuwattana, Minister of the Prime Minister's Office, told the press last week that the coordinating committee of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) had agreed to amend the 2007 Computer Crime Act.
17 Jun 2015
Can the expected referendum on whether to allow the military regime of General Prayut Chan-o-cha to stay for two more years "legitimise" the government?