30 May 2020
May 2020 is not only the 10th anniversary of the killing of the red shirts, but also the 6th anniversary of the 2014 military coup which overthrew Yingluck Shinawatra, the first woman prime minister of Thailand. In remembrace of the fateful event, Thai Political Slang Explained introduced '‘อีโง่’ or ‘stupid bitch', the offensive word which was abhorrently used to bring her down.
20 Sep 2017
Families of the victims of the 2010 military crackdown have called on the authorities to revive charges against those responsible for the deadly crackdown, saying the case is not over yet despite a recent Supreme Court ruling.
4 Sep 2017
The judicialisation of politics, or judicial activism, refers to circumstances where the judicial branch becomes an active player in politics, interfering in the affairs of the executive or legislative branches.
31 Aug 2017
The Supreme Court has acquitted Abhisit and Suthep of murder charges for authorising the violent military crackdown on anti-establishment red-shirt protesters in April and May 2010. Meanwhile, a former government investigator who dared to accuse the two of murder is now facing lawsuits. On 31 August 2017, the Supreme Court confirmed a previous ruling by the Court of Appeal and dismissed murder charges against former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, and Suthep Thaugsuban, his former deputy.
12 Jun 2017
The Supreme Court has accepted a lawsuit against a former government investigator who dared to accuse Abhisit and Suthep of murder for ordering the bloody military crackdown on anti-establishment red-shirt protesters in 2010.
12 Apr 2017
2017 marks the 7th anniversary of military operations against red shirt protesters in April 2017. Though many years have passed, justice has yet to come for the dead and injured victims of state-sanctioned political violence.
17 Jan 2017
A commission tasked by Thailand’s junta with achieving political reconciliation will be dominated by military appointees, even though military interference in politics is itself a prime source of conflict. Last week, Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, the deputy junta head, revealed the military government’s national reconciliation plans, receiving both criticism and support from politicians. The plans include political amnesties and Memorandum of Understandings (MOU) between all
25 Apr 2016
The deputy junta head ordered the authorities to launch investigations into the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) and the anti-establishment red shirts for announcing their stands on the draft constitution. Thai News Agency reported on Monday, 25 April 2016, that Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, the deputy junta head and Defence Minister, told the media that no one is allowed to criticise the junta-sponsored draft constitution publicly as the Draft Referendum Act is already in force.
25 Apr 2016
The People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) anti-election group, has embraced the junta-sponsored draft charter, saying that it is a way out of the country’s political problems while the anti-establishment red shirts have urged the junta to lift the ban on debates over the draft.
17 Feb 2016
The Appeal Court has dismissed murder charges against Abhisit Vejjajiva, former Prime Minister, and Suthep Thaugsuban, his former deputy, over ordering the violent military crackdown on the anti-establishment red-shirt protesters during the April-May 2010 political violence. On Wednesday morning, 17 February 2016, the Appeal Court confirmed the ruling of the Court of First Instance and dismissed murder charges against Abhisit, the head of the Democrat Party, and Suthep, former deputy PM under Abhisit.
30 Dec 2015
The National Anti-Corruption Commission has concluded that Abhisit Vejjajiva, former Democrat Party Prime Minister, and Suthep Thaugsuban, his former Deputy, are not guilty for ordering the violent military crackdown on the anti-establishment red-shirt protesters during the April-May 2010 political violence.
8 Dec 2015
After a number of activists were arrested en route to Rajabhakti Park to investigate its corruption scandals, the poster child of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), the anti-election protest group, said that the park scandal is being used as a trap to pit people against the military government.