2 May 2008
Thailand's most powerful political and social "hammer" may be the kingdom's lese majeste law. The law, expressed in Article 112 of the Criminal Code, states, "Whoever defames, insults or threatens the King, Queen, the Heir-apparent or the Regent, shall be punished (with) imprisonment of three to fifteen years."
29 Apr 2008
Respect for the monarchy has become a crucial issue in Thai society in light of the human mortality of His Majesty King Bhumibol. Thailand is not unique in having lèse majesté law.
25 Apr 2008
A well-known Thai historian points out that the practice of standing for the Royal Anthem in Thai theatres was adopted from Britain about a hundred years ago, and was long dropped by the British people.
23 Apr 2008
This article was submitted to the Nation on Monday 22 April 2008, but the newspaper apparently decided not to publish it, although the Bangkok Post ran a similar front page story on Wednesday. Mr. Pravit also asked for a reason from his supervisor and was told that a higher authority had made decision that publication 'carries a certain risk'
20 Apr 2008
A state which declares itself a legal state has to accept the role of the judiciary to maintain checks and balances on the execution of power by the legislative and executive branches. To control the latter, the judiciary is responsible for deliberating on the legality of any administrative action, and to control the former, to consider the constitutionality of any legislation passed by parliament
19 Apr 2008
The tragic deaths last week of 54 Burmese workers who suffocated in a cold storage container packed with 121 victims of human trafficking would most likely have been avoided if Thailand had a more lenient and practical policy towards registration of migrant workers from Laos, Cambodia and Burma.
19 Apr 2008
On the morning of 10th March, as I stood at the Lanzhou University Square, Gansu province in south-west China, what was noticeable was a steady stream of ochre and red robed Tibetan monks boarding buses out to Xiahe. This flurry of activity did not seem unusual, given the proximity of Gannan Tibetan prefecture (area), renowned as "Small Tibet" with Xiahe county ( district) the seat of the famous Labrang Lamasery.
9 Apr 2008
It’s an ordinary Friday morning. You leave your office on Rachadapisek Road at 9 a.m. to meet a client at Robinson Department Store, Bangrak. Accompanied by your assistant, you drive along the expressway and park your car at the South Bangkok Civil Court where you instruct your assistant to deliver some documents to another client.
17 Mar 2008
In envisioning an integrated Mekong Sub-region (GMS), the governments of the six riparian countries and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) regard the "connecting of nations" as contributing to the "linking of people" and vice-versa.
13 Mar 2008
When he took his oath of office as prime minister in February 2001, Pol Lt Col Thaksin Shinawatra swore to uphold the Thai constitution of 1997. Article 33 of that constitution stated very clearly that in criminal cases, the accused are to be considered innocent and cannot be treated as guilty until proven so in a final court verdict.
7 Mar 2008
On Monday the 7th of last month, at a seminar on "What the National Counter Corruption Commission should be like from the perspective of the government, the private sector and the people". General Pasit Sonthikhan, the Deputy Secretary-General of the Office of the National Security Council said this in his opening remarks:
4 Mar 2008
The Election Commission might be the last body to be blamed for the low nationwide turn-out in the Senate election, particularly for the 41% turn-out of Bangkokians in Sunday's poll.