2 Dec 2015
The veteran politician, closed-aid to ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra has lived in self-imposed exile for 6 years. In Part 2 of the interview, Jakrapob Penkair discussed the alleged violence of the red-shirt movement and prospect of Thai politics after the coup.
27 Nov 2015
As the latest corruption scandal shows, the Thai junta hasn’t rid the country of dodgy politicians; it’s simply taken their place. Anti-corruption has been a poster child of anti-democratic groups in Thailand since 2005. The People’s Alliance for Democracy (2005-2008), the Council for National Security (2006-2007), the People’s Democratic Reform Council (2013-2014), and the National Council of Peace and Order (2014–present) have all used it to drive their agenda.
9 Nov 2015
Although Jakrapob Penkair may have disappeared from the Thai political scene many years ago, his name still resounds. This confirms his status as a 'political man' whose latest achievement is to co-found 'Seri Thai'--an organisation whose mandate is to fight the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) from outside the country. It is the task which has prompted another round of surveillance on him by the authorities. Jakrapob has led a life of a great variety.
23 Sep 2015
More than ten years after the war on drugs wreaked havoc on many Lahu ethnic minority families in the hilly northern Thai-Myanmar border, arbitrary abuses and discrimination from Thai state authorities continue as they struggle to come to terms with their traumatic past.
23 Jul 2015
A Key PULO member talks about his 18 years behind bars, during which he helped to further peace talks.
2 Jun 2015
The Criminal Court will rule whether to accept a lese majeste case file against Thaksin Shinawatra, a controversial ex-Prime Minister, in September. According to Matichon Online, Bangkok’s Ratchada Criminal Court will decide whether to accept the case file under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, aka. lese majeste law, against Thaksin Shinnawatra, an ex-PM who was ousted out of office by the 2006 coup d’état, on 7 September 2015.
29 May 2015
Controversial ex-Prime Minister Pol Lt Col Thaksin Shinawatra is to be charged with defaming the monarchy and stripped of his police rank.
9 Dec 2014
The military demolished a roadside souvenir stall and confiscated fruit, wine and other processed fruit products in a northern touristic province allegedly because they believed the ‘square face’ logo on the products symbolized the controversial ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
6 Nov 2014
Sulak talked about lèse majesté cases involved former kings, analyzed the ultra-royalists who hold narrow and nationalistic views of Thai history, the planned education reform, with more nationalistic, and royalist elements, the coup and succession.
25 Oct 2014
(New York, October 25, 2014) – The Thai government has yet to bring to justice police and military personnel responsible for the deaths of scores of protesters in Tak Bai in southern Thailand in 2004, Human Rights Watch said today.
5 Oct 2014
A lèse majesté complaint has been filed against controversial former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and those involved with the Thai translation of Conversation with Thaksin, a one-sided account of Thai politics from Thaksin as interviewed by American journalist Tom Plate,
18 Sep 2014
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