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Beware of news editors who write about "stakeholders." The word may be popular among the staff of international development agencies, producing clouded reports about projects that they have never seen, but it is usually avoided by journalists, who are expected to be more straightforward.
Nearly a century after adopting its first international standard on working time, a new study by the International Labour Office estimates that one in five workers around the world - orover 600 million persons - are still working more than 48 hours a week, often merely to make ends meet.
Freedom Against Censorship Thailand (FACT) has just downloaded the most current, official, secret blocklist from the servers at Thailand's Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and posted it to FACT's website.
As the country is bracing for the constitution referendum, the powers that be have started to mischievously mobilize people to endorse the draft constitution which has so far failed to reflect people's opinions. Broadcasting media under the control of the army and certain televisions have been misused by the state to convey false messages that persuade people to endorse the draft 2007 constitution.
We are writing to express our grave concern at the recent forced relocation of 91 refugees from Shan State by the Thai Army on the northern Chiang Mai border between May 25 to 30, 2007, despite the fact that these refugees were already on the Shan side of the border.
On 30 May 2007, the Constitution Tribunal, appointed by the military council after the coup to overthrow the Thaksin's administration on 19 September 2006, decided to dissolve the Thai Rak Thai party and withdraw the voting rights of its 111 executive committee members for 5 years including former Prime Minister Thanksin Shinawatra. This decision shows the recession of democracy development and the parliamentary system since the fate of political parties, politicians, political party members and Thai citizen is defined, decided and controlled by a mechanism from the coup overthrowing the constitution.
A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission: On 30 May 2007 Thailand's senior judges participated in a farce that was not of their making but has, thanks to their acquiescence to the country's military regime, been made to appear one of their doing. By sanctioning a decision that was made well before 19 September 2006, they have caused immense damage to already diminished judicial institutions, with far-reaching consequences.
Thailand’s military-backed government is undermining free political debate and delaying the return to democracy by barring access to many political websites, Human Rights Watch said today.