After Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha’s recommendation of Animal Farm last month created a small wave of George Orwell fever sweeping through the Thai internet, last Tuesday (11 June), he also recommended that Thais read Aesop’s Fables for moral guidance. It appears that Gen Prayut is trying to create a new image for himself as an intellectual, bookish Prime Minister. Not only is he recommending books, he is also sporting a pair of glasses.
Wisarut Butkhun, 32, was found dead in his house in Chanthaburi province with a bullet hole in his forehead. His father and uncle said he shot himself after being harassed over political comments on Facebook. Source: Krisada Sawatdichai
Thailand’s young people now have an increased risk of depression and suicide, Kiattibhoom Vongrachit, Director-General of the Department of Mental Health (DMH), told Thai PBS on Monday (10 June).
Following a complaint from Surawat Sangkharuek of the People Politics Group about National Human Rights Commissioner Angkhana Neelapaijit being present at the Technological Crime Suppression Division (TSD) when Future Forward Party MP and Secretary-General Piyabutr Saengkanokkul went to hear the charges against him, the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRCT) has decided not to forward the complaint to the National Anti-Corruption Commission for further action.
After publishing a music video mocking NCPO leader Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha’s song “Returning Happiness to the People”, Bangkok-based French expat Yan Marchal said that he was visited by two police officers on Wednesday (12 June).
A new report by the Shan Human Rights Foundation (SHRF) and Shan State Refugee Committee – Thai Border (SSRC-TB) found that new security threats from the Myanmar Army and the United Wa State Army (UWSA) are heightening the vulnerability of refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) living in camps along the border between Shan State and Thailand.
It has been a month since Siam Theerawut went missing along with two other refugees, Chucheep “Uncle Sanam Luang” Chiwasut and Kritsana Tupthai, after it was reported that they had been arrested in Vietnam and extradited to Thailand on 8 May. So far, neither the Thai nor Vietnamese authorities have disclosed information about the three men’s fate.
The Bangkok Military Court has allowed long-time lèse-majesté detainee Siraphop Kornaroot to be released on bail, said Thai Lawyers for Human Rights. He was released at 19.30 today (11 June).
After winning the contracts to operate duty-free shops and the commercial zone at Suvarnabhumi Airport on 31 May, King Power Duty Free Co has now won the contract to run duty-free shops at Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Hat Yai airports.
62 NCPO Head Orders will soon be made into permanent legislation, Maj Gen Athisit Chainuwat, Assistant Spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office, revealed early last month.