Today (29 January 2019), Jirapat, the transgender student who was denied the right to dress according to her gender identity by Chulalongkorn University, went to the Department of Women’s Affairs and Family Development (DWF) to file a formal complaint on her case.
Activist Ekkachai Hongkangwan’s car has been torched in front of his house. There will be a demonstration on 3rd February to condemn the intimidation. Picture from Ekkachai's Facebook page
On 28 January 2019, a courageous citizen took action to solve the problem of a pile of trash littering the front of Soi Lad Phrao using supernatural methods. The solution proved to be temporarily effective, showing the possibility of using superstition to address other social problems.
A press conference was held yesterday (25 January 2019) at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) regarding the detained Bahraini footballer and refugee Hakeem al-Araibi. Hakeem fled Bahrain after he was sentenced prison, and had reportedly been previously imprisoned and tortured for his brother’s political activities. He was arrested at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport on 27 November 2018, while traveling to Thailand with his wife.
The Election Commission of Thailand (ECT) has announced detailed regulations governing online campaigns along with severe penalties for violations. Some MP candidates say they will follow the rules, but Chaturon Chaisang has criticized them. Chaturon Chaisang
In the #NotATarget campaign on social media, Buddhist monks, imams, places of religion, markets, schools, and hospitals should not be made a target of violence. People are invited to share pictures of soft targets, locations that should not be venues for violence, with the hashtag #NotATarget , calling on all sides to respect international humanitarian law.
The Election Commission of Thailand has announced that the election will be held on 24 March 2019. Royal Decree on Election After an urgent meeting in the afternoon of 23 January 2019, the Election Commission of Thailand (ECT) set the election for 24 March 2019. The date was mentioned earlier by Wissanu Krue-ngam, the Deputy Prime Minister.
The Royal Decree announcing a general election was issued earlier today (23 January 2019), and the Election Commission is scheduled to meet this afternoon to set a date for the election.
Col Burin Thongprapai, the legal officer of the NCPO, has sued Ekkachai Hongkangwan and Chokchai Paibulratchata, political activists, for defaming the Thai military by saying that the Thai military lost to Lao PDR forces in 1988 and displaying protest signs in front of the Royal Thai Army Headquarters. Source: Banrasdr Photo
The second body found in the Mekhong around New Year has been identified as Kasalong, one of the three disappeared political activists living in exile, says the provincial police commander.