A Sex workers’ rights organisation, a Deep South female football club and an environmentalist have received Women’s Day awards from the National Human Rights Commission. The awards seek to highlight contributions to women’s rights and welfare in Thailand at a time when people around the world are speaking up against sexual harassment, said Angkhana Neelapaijit of the Human Rights Commission. “Many who suffered do not see themselves as victims who must hide in shame from society any longer,” said Angkhana, whose commission handed
The Constitutional Court has been granted legal immunity from criticism, and the power to settle conflicts between state agencies. Although the new law allows ordinary people to petition the court directly, the process is still problematic, said a human rights advocacy group. On 2 February 2018, the Organic Act on Constitutional Court was published in the Royal Gazette.
Soldiers have forced villagers in Phayao to cancel their plan to submit a petition, which urges the authorities to stop prosecuting them for violating the junta’s order. On 27 February 2018, farmers and students activists from Doi Thewada village, Phayao Province, visited the Phayao Government Office to petition the provincial governor to withdraw the prosecution against 14 supporters of civil rights march We Walk. However, upon arriving at the government office, soldiers and
A Deep South civil society group has called for the immediate release of its Muslim Malay chairperson after the authorities detained him for three days. He is suspected of being involved in a bombing at a Yala market. On 24 February 2018, the Deep South civil society organisation Justice for Peace (JOP) issued a statement calling for the immediate release of its chairperson Aiman Hadeng. The military arrested him on 23 February at his shop in Yala.
The Army has been ordered to pay over 1.8 million baht to the mother of a soldier beaten to death in custody. Meanwhile, the trial over the death of another soldier has been postponed as witnesses failed to show up. On 22 February 2018, the Bangkok Civil Court ruled that the Royal Thai Army must pay 1.87 million baht in compensation to the family of Corporal Kittikorn Suthiraphan.
The junta will have to reset the selection process for the new Election Commission of Thailand after its lawmakers voted against all seven candidates. On 22 February 2018, the junta’s National Legislative Assembly voted to reject the seven candidates for the new Election Commission of Thailand (ECT).
A court in Kamphaeng Phet has dismissed royal defamation charges against two suspects accused of making false claims about Princess Sirindhorn in an alleged scam.
A famous political fortune teller has refused to comment on an odd incident where two crows killed and ate a pigeon at Government House. The astrologer said a government official had asked him to remain silent. Crows killing pigeons appears quite typical in the food chain. But when this happened at Thailand’s Government House, the Thai media perceived it as a sign of bad luck.
The military has filed charges against participants in last week’s pro-election rally in Chiang Mai for violating the junta’s ban on political gatherings. On 20 February 2018, Lt Ekkaphon Kaeosiri, a military prosecutor, filed charges against four student activists and two villagers who participated in a pro-election rally in front of Chiang Mai University on 14 February. The authorities accused them of violating the Head of National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order No.
The Thai government and a Muslim Malay liberation organization have reached an agreement to make one district of the Deep South safe for civilians.