1 Dec 2012
Well-known Thammasat historian Somsak Jeamteerasakul said he was both surprised and appalled by the decision of police to forward his lese majeste police complaint case to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG).
21 Nov 2012
It is both myopic and ironic that the leader of a group of citizens who claim to want to protect the country would begin his campaign by calling for a military coup. That's precisely what Pitak Siam (Protecting Siam) group leader retired General Boonlert Kaewprasit did when he launched the movement some weeks ago.
7 Nov 2012
Hope that the lese majeste law might be amended under the Yingluck Shinawatra government was unceremoniously dashed last week.
11 Oct 2012
Tyranny of various forms can be tackled much more readily when it is easily observed, analysed and opposed. Such tyranny may be a dictator who suppresses political and civil rights, a draconian law which creates a chilling effect and gags the populace, or legal discrimination which deprives people who are gay, lesbian or transgender of equal rights.
1 Oct 2012
There is a group, little known to the general public, whose members must observe rules that include: "Every member must read the newsletter and help sell it to the public. Members must also participate in 'group studies' at least once a month."
22 Sep 2012
The final report from the Truth for Reconciliation Commission of Thailand (TRCT) on what happened in April-May 2010 and the subsequent crackdown that led to 92 deaths and 2,000 injured can, at best, be considered a missed opportunity to establish truth and reconciliation.
20 Sep 2012
Twenty opponents of the lese majeste law held a 112-minute vigil outside the Criminal Court yesterday to condemn the postponement of lese majeste detainee Somyos Prueksakasemsuk's sentencing. The verdict has been postponed to December 19.
19 Sep 2012
After 18 "successful" military coups over the past eight decades, it would be unwise at best to relegate the last one into the dustbin of Thai history.
18 Sep 2012
Kanit panel urges groups not to use 'historic' report for political benefit The Truth for Reconciliation Commission of Thailand (TRCT) formally released its final report yesterday, in which it blamed both sides for the 2010 crackdown that claimed more than 90 lives and left more than 2,000 injured. Commissioner Somchai Homla-or said the TRCT did not intend to prosecute anyone.
14 Sep 2012
Commission says 'men in black' may have got cooperation from red shirts The long-awaited final report from the Truth for Reconciliation Commission of Thailand (TRCT) on the 2010 crackdown, which was obtained in advance by The Nation, shows that the so-called "men in black" had received cooperation from red-shirt guards. It also said that security officers eventually used live bullets, deployed snipers and were likely responsible for the six deaths at Wat Pathumwanaram on May 19, 2010.
6 Sep 2012
The fact-finding report by the People's Information Centre (PIC) detailing what happened during the red-shirt demonstrations and bloody crackdown between April 10 to May 19, 2010, is now available. Soon, two different reports by the Truth for Reconciliation Commission of Thailand (TRCT) and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) will be presented to the public, in the hope Thai society can utilise them to lessen the chance of deadly clashes and impunity in the future.
3 Sep 2012
After two years, the People's Information Centre (PIC), a group of activists and academics who seek to end state impunity in relation to the 2010 crackdown on red-shirt protesters, is releasing its report, titled "Truth for Justice: Events and Impact on the Dispersal of Protests in April-May 2010". The group claims there were 94 deaths from all sides. Pravit Rojanaphruk talks to PIC coordinator and co-editor of the report, Puangthong Pawakapan, about what they discovered. Excerpts: