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.
The news director at PPTV was reportedly pressured to resign after repeatedly criticising the deputy junta head over his undeclared luxury watches. Various media reported late last week that Vanchai Tantivitayapitak, PPTV news director, resigned after the station was pressured by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). According to sources, the resignation is related to the fact that PPTV has consistently criticised the NCPO, especially over the corruption scandal of Gen Prawit Wongsuwan and his many
The junta is pressing sedition and traffic obstruction charges against 57 people who joined last weekend’s protest calling for general elections. On 30 March 2018, Col Burin Thongprapai, acting on behalf of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), filed charges against 57 participants in the protest at the Royal Thai Army, which called on the military to stop supporting the junta.
Citing weak evidence, a Bangkok court has dismissed a l?se majest? charge against a singer-turned-red-shirt activist who made a comparison between Thailand and Denmark, where the King has to stop at traffic lights. His three other royal defamation charges remain, however. On 29 March 2018, the Criminal Court, Bangkok, acquitted Thanat Thanawatcharanon, 60, also known as Tom Dundee, a former country singer and a red-shirt activist, of a l?se majest? charge.
The recently-dismissed Election Commissioner has said that the upcoming general election might be invalidated due to legal ambiguity and conflicts of authority between the junta and the Election Commission of Thailand (ECT). On 25 March 2018, Somchai Srisuthiyakorn, a former member of the ECT, posted on Facebook a prediction that two problematic issues could lead to the nullification of the long-awaited election.
General Motors Thailand has allegedly violated labour rights by pressuring its unwanted workers to resign, said a labour activist. On 25 March 2018, Bunyuen Sukmai, Secretary-General of the Eastern Region Labour Union Association, told the media that over 20 members of the GM Thailand trade union will stage a march to the UN Office in Bangkok tomorrow.
A Bangkok court has ordered a British labour activist to pay damages to a Finnish fruit company. The verdict has sabotaged attempts to expose human rights violations in Thailand, said a human rights organisation. On 26 March 2018, the Phra Khanong Provincial Court in Bangkok, read its verdict on a civil damages claim against Andy Hall, filed by the pineapple company Natural Fruit Co Ltd, ordering Andy Hall to pay 10 million baht in damages to the company.
A co-founder of Thai Human Rights for Lawyers (TLHR) has received an International Women of Courage award by the US government for her efforts to provide legal assistance for those prosecuted by the ruling junta. On 21 March 2018, the US Department of State announced that Sirikan ‘June’ Charoensiri, a TLHR lawyer, was among the 10 awardees of this year’s International Women of Courage (IWC). The US states that Sirikan was a co-founder of TLHR which has provided “pro-bono legal services in human rights cases and has doc
After Bangkok deported an outspoken Cambodian activist, Phnom Penh has agreed to help Thailand in hunting for Thai fugitives.
The national broadcasting regulator on Wednesday suspended a popular news talk program on Voice TV for 15 days, saying it caused confusion and incited societal division. Voice TV – owned by Pathongthae Shinawatra, son of fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra – will appeal the decision against “Tonight Thailand” and seek a temporary injunction at the administrative court, its management said Tuesday. A sub-committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission, or NBTC, cited a program aired on Dec.