22 Feb 2018
No matter who says that elections are only a tradition or full of corruption, before 1958 Thai elections gave necessary legitimacy to political power for 25 interrupted years, even though after that the army seized power and suppressed election after election for many years. However, after the 14 October incident, elections once again returned as the backbone of political legitimacy. The army used other methods to interfere in politics while accepting elections for example, by having a Senate with tremendous power but appointed, or pressuring political parties into supporting a prime minister from the army.
21 Feb 2018
The approved identity of Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) from Design & People. (Designer: Santosh Kangutkar, Mumbai) Thos who admire the work of Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) and also those who need their help must have noticed the new identity of the Thailand-based organisation.
19 Feb 2018
“The absence of a united women’s coalition hinder[s] a collective and strategic effort to call for inclusive and gender-sensitive peacebuilding”, argues Firdaus Abdulsomad in her Master’s thesis entitled ‘Women’s participation in the Patani Peace Process : a case study of the barriers to women’s participation in building peace in Patani’ which can be read here. Firdaus Abdulsomad who identifies herself as “a second generation Patani Malay who grew up in Sweden” undertook her fieldwork r
17 Feb 2018
Abu Hafez Al-Hakim is a spokesperson of MARA-Patani, a leading insurgent movement in Muslim Malay-majority southern Thailand and is a member of MARA Patani's Dialogue Panel in the Peace Dialogue Process with the Thai government
14 Feb 2018
Political scientists, legal experts, academics, the media, and the general public should all unanimously declare that the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)’s use of Article 44 and its other orders which conflict with freedom of expression are a conflict within the junta’s own structure of governance, which has become the condition for creating conflict between the government and the people and the use of law that is self-contradictory and confusing. The internal conflict in the system of governance is that the junta has two competing types of power.
9 Feb 2018
Before the intensification of Southern Thailand’s long-running insurgency in the early 2000s, the region, (known as Patani) lacked a developed art scene, and the conflict which erupted in 2004 seemed to have devastated artistic creation among the local population. However, in the middle of the endless armed conflict, a new generation of artists has emerged in the region, struggling to seek out their identity/the region’s real identity through the creation of artwork.
7 Feb 2018
A story about the family of a Buddhist Thai woman killed by a motorcycle bomb in Yala market on 22 Jan. A group of Deep South women activists have proposed measures to make markets a safe space for everybody.
2 Feb 2018
On Monday the Ratchaburi Court acquitted a Prachatai journalist and the other four activists for campaigning against the junta's charter. After the verdict, many people congratulated Prachatai and said that the fact that the court dismissed the case is a victory of the pro-democracy movement. I however disagree. The verdict is actually a bad sign for freedom of expression in Thailand.
30 Jan 2018
A full account of Chanoknak Ruamsap, the latest lèse majesté suspect on the moment she learned about the charge and why she decided to flee Thailand.
29 Jan 2018
Sulak Sivaraksa, a renowned Thai social critic, reflects on his latest lèse majesté case and his experience petitioning to the King.
27 Jan 2018
Former Prime Minister-turned-fugitive Yingluck Shinawatra was spotted, on a London high street on January 4, for the first time since she fled Thailand prior to the reading of her verdict. Yingluck was sentenced in absentia to five years in prison for mishandling a rice subsidy scheme which allegedly cost Thailand at least $8bn. Her recent appearance in public immediately lifted morale among some of the red shirts in Thailand.
27 Jan 2018
A story about the family of a young Muslim Malay man killed by a motorcycle bomb in Yala market by Soraya Jamjuree and Kamnoeng Chamnankit