Senator Marise Payne, the Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs, said at a press conference this afternoon that Australia is concerned about the detention and possible extradition of Hakeem al-Araibi by the Thai authorities and that Australia is working with the relevant agencies on the cases of both Mr al-Araibi and Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun.
Asst. Prof. Vinai Poncharoen, lecturer at the College of Politics and Governance, Mahasarakham University, has been attacked on Facebook by Maj. Gen. Rienthong Naenna, after posting a message on his personal profile supporting the upcoming general election.
Banging empty plastic bottles to the beat of Queen's "We Will Rock You", protesters gathered at the BTS Skywalk in the Ratchaprasong area of Bangkok and marched around the iconic Central World department store to demonstrate against the election delay.
Even though school uniforms are now obsolete in most developed countries, they are still the subject of serious discussion in Thailand. Bangkok Christian College has launched an initiative to allow students to choose what they wear.
The Department of Provincial Administration issued a circular letter to provincial registrars yesterday telling them to hold back on their preparations for the upcoming general election, because the Election Commission says the Royal Decree has not been issued.
After overwhelming international support for 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, the Thai authorities have apparently changed direction. Maj Gen Surachate Hakcharn said around 4 pm today that Thailand will no longer try to deport her against her will, saying that “we won’t send someone to their death.” He also announced that representatives from the UNHCR would be able to meet with her at 5 pm.
A legal office has filed a pro-bono case to help Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun out of detention, but the court has rejected the case due to lack of evidence. Saudi Woman detained in Bangkok, feared of death for renouncing Islam.
Future Forward Party, a new progressive political party led by Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, a famous millionaire, ran an online poll regarding military conscription in Thailand. From 24-31 December 2018, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit posted an opinion poll on his facebook page with a message: You can choose. #FutureForwardParty proposes a military reform policy for a modern army. End conscription, have a voluntary armed force except during wartime, cut the military establishment by half to 170,000, reduce the number of generals from 1,600 to 400.
A demonstration was held at the Victory Monument BTS station sky walk earlier this afternoon to protest against another potential delay to the general election, previously planned for 24 February 2019.