A lawyer organisation has initiated crowdfunding to bail a l?se majest? suspect who witnessed the 2010 military crackdown on the red-shirt protest and who has been in detention for over three years. Winyat Chatmontri, Secretary General of United Lawyers for Rights & Liberty (ULRL), revealed that they are planning to submit another bail request for Natthida ‘Waen’ Miwangpa, a l?se majest? and terrorist suspect.
Citing an order from the military, a private university in Chiang Mai has called off a public seminar on the role of student movements in Thai politics. On 23 April 2018, Yamaruddin Songsiri, an anti-junta student activist, posted on Facebook that the military had ordered Phayao University to cancel the seminar on “the role of students in the country’s development.” The seminar, scheduled for 27 April, was planned by students of Phayao University’s School of Political and Social Science.
One of the oldest communities in Bangkok has declared an end to its almost 25-year-long fight against a plan to turn their homes into a public park. On 22 April 2018, Pom Mahakan residents held a “Farewell Mahakan” event to mark the end of the struggle to protect the community from the demolition plan imposed by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).
A court in Loei has acquitted seven anti-mine activists of coercing administrative officials and violating the controversial public assembly law. Their actions constituted freedom of expression and were merely to protect their community, said the judge. On 19 April 2018, the Loei Provincial Court dismissed a lawsuit against seven members of the Khon Rak Baan Koed group (KRBK), (translated into English as ‘People Who Love Their Home’).
‘The winners write history,’ said many Thai netizens last week in criticisms of a Thai history textbook which praises the military government for establishing “true democracy” in Thailand. “Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha as Prime Minister has carried out a policy of reforming the country, reforming politics to be truly a democracy, eliminating corruption and using moral principles to lead the country to be truly a democracy.” This is a direct quote from page 195 of “History of the Thai Nation,” a history textbook published by the Mini
Security officers have interrupted a small protest by Chulalongkorn University student activists who called junta chairman Prayuth Chan-o-cha a ‘dictator.’ On 9 April, four students held up a sign reading ‘Chula people love Prayuth dictator’ outside of the Siam Square One shopping mall as the junta chairman exited a talk on technology and innovation that he gave at the university. Prayut’s guards ripped the sign and started to steer the students away from the area until Prayuth noticed and told his security officials to stop, rep
The headline-generating leader of the fledgling Future Forward Party (FFP) is prompting established parties to present younger faces, and progressive values as the general election is expected to be held in February next year. The buzz and optimism surrounding Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of FFP, drew a packed house to a panel discussion on Wednesday night at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand (FCCT) between the charismatic auto tycoon and new generation representatives from the three established political parties.
Thailand has made notable improvements in eradicating human trafficking and forced labour from the fishing industry, according to UN experts.
The editor of a Chiang Mai lifestyle magazine is facing criminal charges for sharing on Facebook a photo of an oil painting that depicted Chiang Mai's three iconic statues of ancient kings wearing face masks in order to promote an anti-air pollution rally. Pim Kemasingki, a Thai-British national who edits the Chiang Mai Citylife magazine, said she found out she was facing charges from the media reports on Friday.
For the first time, a Thai conglomerate is facing a lawsuit for violating human rights in a foreign country. The company allegedly evicted about 600 Cambodian families from their lands, killed their livestock and set fire to their homes, according to the plaintiffs. On 28 March 2018, two villagers, representing about 600 families in Oddar Meanchey Province, Cambodia, filed a compensation lawsuit against the Mitr Phol Group, Thailand’s biggest sugar conglomerate.