13 Feb 2016
The presidential candidacy campaigns are heating up in the United States. While the world hears so much about different campaigns to tackle domestic issues, little has been said about the US position in the promotion of democracy on the international stage. In the context of Southeast Asia, the role of the United States in supporting democratization process is crucial; yet it continues to be obscured.
18 Jan 2016
The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) explains that summoning people for attitude adjustment and detention is carried out in accordance with the law. I say the NCPO because this explanation has been repeated by the head, deputy head, and on down to the spokesperson.
21 Dec 2015
This article was first published at New Mandala, a specialist website on Southeast Asia based at the Australian National University’s Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs.
2 Dec 2015
Note: Prachatai journalist Mutita Chuachang on Tuesday, 1 December 2015, was awarded the 2015 AFP Kate Webb prize for Asian journalists for her “powerful and persistent” reporting of cases under the lèse majesté law. Mutita, 33, received a certificate and 3,000 euros in a ceremony held at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT). Mutita joined Prachatai when the news agency was founded almost 11 years ago.
1 Dec 2015
Note: Abu Hafez Al-Hakim is a vocal member of MARA Patani, a peace dialogue panel comprising several Muslim Malay groups which struggle for the right to self determination of people in Thailand's restive Deep South, so-called Patani. This article reflects his personal view, not the official view of MARA Patani. Watch Abu Hafez interview with Prachatai here.
30 Nov 2015
Note: Attachak Sattayanurak is one of the six university lecturers charged with violating National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order No. 3/2015, which bans political gatherings of five or more persons, after holding a press conference and releasing a statement entitled “The University is Not a Military Base” in Chiang Mai on 31 October 2015.
26 Oct 2015
Note: “Rungsila” is the pen name of Siraphop, a construction contractor who is around fifty years old. Prior to the 22 May 2014 coup, he was well-known online as a writer of political poems and articles. Shortly after the coup, his name was among those summoned to report to the Army Club but he declined to report himself. On 25 June 2014, he was arrested by soldiers in Kalasin province and then detained for 7 days under the provisions of martial law then in force.
19 Oct 2015
This year is the 50th anniversary of the coup that led to the deaths of an estimated 500,000-3 million, one of the worst episodes of violence in the post-World War II world. Today, few have been held responsible for the killings, which remain a rarely discussed and barely understood topic in now nominally Democratic Indonesia. As Thailand enters its second year under its own military dictatorship – one that shows no signs of leaving - here are some lessons and warning signs from its Southern neighbor.
12 Oct 2015
SUMMARY - Hazing in Thai universities, known as SOTUS, every year leads to scandalous actions and even fatalities. Calls to end it are met by its strong supporters, including academics and university administrations.
5 Oct 2015
Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha at the UNGA Meeting last month.
30 Aug 2015
August 30 marks the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. Thailand has not been immune to enforced disappearances. Over the past two years, two United Nations (UN) bodies, the Committee Against Torture and the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, have expressed concern over the numerous cases of enforced disappearances in Thailand.
12 Aug 2015
On 10 August 2015, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong paid an official visit to Bangkok to boost bilateral ties. Among many issues, ironically, the two countries pledged to promote human rights and to enhance economic cooperation. They also discussed the issue of “nuclear” which might have made some Western nations disturbingly uncomfortable.