The draconian Internal Security Act (ISA) has long been used by governments to stifle peaceful political dissent. One of the more unfortunate legacies from British times, it is still in use in countries such as Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.
Now the junta, the charter writers, and all state mechanisms, as well as all their allies, are campaigning to raise an understanding about the draft Constitution 2007--well known as an elitist charter--in a bid to propagandize the people to vote for it in the upcoming referendum.
The investigation has been carried out when the Deputy Minister being accused of receiving RM5 million corruption for releasing 3 triad leaders. However, there is no instruction from Abdullah to investigate the corruption case of Musa Hasan, the IGP when it was revealed in the internet.
At a seminar at Thammasat University on last Sunday, I commented that if we just call on the people to vote 'no' against the CNS draft Constitution, there will be several problems consequentially.
According to UNHCR, "Asia has not only been the main host of UNHCR's total population of concern but also by far the main source... some 8.4 million persons originating from Asia were considered by UNHCR as being in need of international protection."ii
The 19June 2007 once again brings the celebration of Aung San Suu Kyi's birthday. On this occasion, thousands of Burmese and international human rights defenders (HRDs) are celebrating the birthday of the world's only imprisoned Nobel Laureate and discussing plans for the future of democracy in Burma.
However, today under the military regime, the Thai middleclass ironically marginalizes themselves and refuses to seriously join hands on the struggle against the dictators. More ironically, a part of the middlesclass has fall short serving as the ideological tools in media-space where the military has controlled to legitimize its rule.
The action to dissolve TRT could be seen as a just and legitimate move by the Council for National Security (CNS)-another name for the military government-as TRT is largely seen as a threat to democracy, since the premiership of Thaksin in 2004, independent agencies, senate, and parliaments were swarmed by TRT cronies and Thaksin proxies.
The first-ever and relatively controversial Global Peace Index was released at the end of May. The Peace Index is a ranking of 121 countries based on 24 "global peace indicators," which include: number of wars fought, level of distrust for other citizens, respect for human rights, level of violent crime, and access to small weapons.
The fact that the junta sent armed troops to watch over TV stations in the eve of the judgment day May 30, went by with the Thai media's sound of silence.