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Thailand’s Minister of Interior Urges Authorities to Tighen Controls on Burning in North

Authorities have been providing water spray from tank cars to increase the humidity while decreasing the dust   CHIANG RAI – Thailand’s Minister of Interior Gen Anupong Paojinda has urged authorities to tighen the control of burning activities in Chiang Rai and 5 other Northern Provinces. Gen Anupong Paojinda asked authorities to raise public awareness […]

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Amnesty International Say’s Thailand’s Human Rights Record Worrying

Human rights groups slam jailing of two Thai students for ‘royal insult’ in university play   BANGKOK – Amnesty International has reported Human rights violations in Thailand have worsened after the coup last May and the situation remains worrying. In Amnesty International’s report entitled “The State of the World’s Human Rights”, the organisation accused the […]

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Opinion: Venice Biennale spat could be just what Thailand’s art scene needs

Thai artist Tassananchalee Kamol. Image via Tassananchalee’s Facebook page. By Thitipol Panyalimpanun Looking at a newly finished abstract painting by highly respected Thai artist Kamol Tassananchalee, with a caption saying the artist will be representing Thailand at this year’s Venice Biennale, the Olympics of the art world, Thip Sae-tang raised a question on Facebook. Finding […]

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Thailand’s New 200 Member Senate to be Nominated not Elected

Lertrat Ratanavanich, the committee spokesman, told reporters Wednesday. They can only serve one six-year term.   BANGKOK – A Spokesperson for the 36-person committee, drafting of a new constitution has reported that Thailand’s New 200-Member Senate will be nominated and not directly elected by voters, said a committee appointed by the country’s military rulers, while […]

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Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly Votes to Restricts Political Demonstrations

National Legislative Assembly vote on restricting political demonstrations   BANGKOK – Thailand’s Military Stacked National Legislative Assembly voted overwhelmingly today in favour of a bill that restricts political demonstrations, something critics fear will be used to smother dissent after martial law is lifted. The law will impose restrictions on the “time, place and manner” of […]

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Thailand’s New Ambassador to Washington Mending Fences

H.E. Mr. Pisan Manawapat Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the United States of America   WASHINGTON –  Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha has charged its new ambassador to the United States Pisan Manawapat to quickly mend strained ties with its ally Washington during his time there. In an interview with The Bangkok […]

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Thailand’s new cyber laws – Part 5: Admin error

Pic: AP. In the last part of our Siam Voices series examining the new cyber laws, we chronicle the criticism against and the defense for the controversial bills – and what’s behind the military junta’s motivation to push these into law. In the past two weeks we have analyzed the cyber law bills for its […]

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Thailand’s human rights record ‘worrying’

HUMAN RIGHTS violations in Thailand have worsened after the coup last May and the situation remains worrying, Amnesty International says. Full News here – NationMultimedia.com – Politics

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Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to Pursue Retroactive Impeachment Charges Against Abhisit and Suthep

Abhisit Vejjajiva(Right) and Suthep Thaugsuban   BANGKOK – Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) will pursue retroactive impeachment charges against ex-premier Abhisit Vejjajiva and Suthep Thaugsuban for a crackdown on protesters five years ago, officials confirmed Wednesday. The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) voted unanimously late Tuesday to pursue charges against Abhisit and his deputy premier Suthep Thaugsuban […]

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Thailand’s PM Gen.Prayuth Say’s No Anti-Junta Polls Allowed

Thailand’s Prime Minister and Chairman of National Council for Peace and Order Gen.Prayuth Chan-ocha   BANGKOK – Thailand’s Prime Minister and Chairman of  the National Council for Peace and Order Gen.Prayuth Chan-ocha has given Thai pollsters a clear guideline: no anti-junta surveys allowed. Gen. Prayuth said at the Government House yesterday, using the formal name […]

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Thailand’s new cyber laws – Part 4: Bad for business, too!

Pic: AP. In the last couple of installments of this series, we have highlighted the pitfalls, flaws and loopholes of some of the new proposed cyber laws of the Thai military government. Obviously, since this blog mainly focusses on politics and media freedom, we have so far examined the bills with regards to cyber security, […]

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Thailand’s junta targets acclaimed theatre production

By Thitipol Panyalimpanun Back in 2012, a solo theater performance called “Bang La Merd” premiered to widespread acclaim and later won Ornanong Thaisiriwong plaudits and Best Original Script and Performance Awards from the International Association of Theatre Critics (Thailand). ‘Bang La Merd’, roughly translated as ‘district of violation’, portrays the violation of rights in Thai […]

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Inheritance tax worries Thailand’s ultra-rich

Sasithorn Ongdee in an op-ed in The Nation: What will happen if the inheritance tax is revived in ways that mean Thais won’t return to “happiness”? Several years ago, one of my cousins was approached by the owner of an orchard to buy some 10 rai of her orchard plantation in Nonthaburi. The reason for […]

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Thailand’s Tiger Temple — a conservation project or a tourist trap?

Workers sit on tigers at the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. Pic: Ruchika Vyas. One of the most controversial ‘tourist attractions’ in Thailand, the tiger temple in Kanchanaburi has been the subject of debate for many years. It is back in the news this week after a raid in which more than a hundred animals […]

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Thailand’s new (and controversial) cyber laws – Part 1: Introduction

Pic: AP. The Thai military government has greenlit a large batch of draft laws that aim to pave the way for the digitization of governance and state business. However, they also come with a slew of strengthened cyber surveillance and censorship upgrades for the authorities.  The year was 2007. Social media was yet to be […]

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