20 Feb 2019
At 9.30 today (20 February), political activists Ekkachai Hongkangwan and Chokchai Paibulratchata held a demonstration at the Royal Thai Army Headquarters in response to army chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong’s order to broadcast the controversial Cold War anthem ‘Nak Phaen Din’ (‘Scum of the Earth’) on all army radio stations and over the intercom at military headquarters.
25 Apr 2018
Citing an order from the military, a private university in Chiang Mai has called off a public seminar on the role of student movements in Thai politics. On 23 April 2018, Yamaruddin Songsiri, an anti-junta student activist, posted on Facebook that the military had ordered Phayao University to cancel the seminar on “the role of students in the country’s development.” The seminar, scheduled for 27 April, was planned by students of Phayao University’s School of Political and Social Science.
8 Feb 2017
Last week, student activists organised events to make fun of the paternalism that underpins Thailand’s National Children’s Day. On 4 February 2016, the student activist group Education for Liberation of Siam (ELS) held an event called “National Seniors Day: Seniors in the Era of a Changing World” at Banglamphu Museum, Bangkok. The event aimed to mock National Children’s Day, a day where adults seem to impose certain values on children.
1 Dec 2016
Despite being famous for its transgender community, Thailand still discriminates against LGBTIQ+ students through an education system where gender diversity is perceived as ‘severe deviance.’ Thailand’s sex education system is notorious for discriminating on the basis of gender identities. One sex education textbook for grade seven students asks, “Is a male who has sex with both males and females considered sexually deviant?”.
5 Aug 2016
For the past number of months, youth and student activists around the country have been challenging the upcoming constitutional referendum, and, certainly with the help of the junta, have made it clear this referendum is a democratic farce. On 7 August 2016, Thai citizens, many of whom are unaware there is a referendum, and or are unable to make an informed vote, will take to voting stations to decide on a constitutional referendum, put forward by the junta. In Thailand, the country with 99.99 per cent democracy, according
19 Jul 2016
Under the junta’s climate of fear and intimidation where politicians, academics, and civil society are silenced, a high school student, Parit Chiwarak, withstands the pressure and actively protects the right to free education from the junta’s attempts to abolish it.
9 Jun 2016
Key members of Resistant Citizen, a well-known anti-junta activists group, and other leading pro-democracy activists might be charged with Computer Crime Act over performing in a music video on the draft constitution referendum.
6 Jun 2016
A youth group opposing hazing rituals commonly practised in Thai universities is urging students to confront hazers with reasons, pointing out that the rituals breed authoritarianism in Thai society. A youth group called ‘ANTI-SOTUS’ on Saturday, 4 June 2016, organised a public discussion at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, about the SOTUS system in Thailand.
10 Nov 2015
A rumour that the Thai military government will withdraw support for several publicly-funded educational organisations has caused a stir on social media. On Monday, 9 November 2015, Duangrit Bunnag, a well-known Thai architect, posted a message on Facebook that it has been confirmed that the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday will discuss a plan to withdraw support for leading public educational organisations under the Office of Knowledge Management and Development (OKMD).