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Call-out culture: Poison or nectar for social activism in Thailand?

Calling people out has become popular among Thai social-media users in recent times, and now they are pressuring local celebrities and stars to take a stance – usually on political…

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Nuttaa Mahattana: the democracy icon who turned on the anti-govt movement

Once a darling of the anti-establishment movement, Nuttaa “Bow” Mahattana is now being denounced as a traitor to the cause – though the human rights activist insists she is just…

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Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau Pol Maj-Gen Piya Tavichai and Deputy Police Spokesperson Pol Col Krisana Pattanacharoen

25 Thai celebs investigated over criticism of government, PM, one rapper ‘Milli’ fined

As many as 25 Thai celebrities have been or are being investigated over their criticism of the government and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, especially concerning the currently inadequate national vaccine…

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13 protesters from October rally at German embassy indicted for lèse majesté, sedition

Thirteen anti-establishment protesters were formally indicted by public prosecutors this morning (Thursday) on lèse majesté and sedition charges, in accordance with Sections 112 and 116 of the Thai Criminal Code,…

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Royal Thai Navy soldiers guides a landing craft during a training exercise at Chulaporn camp in Thailand’s southern Narathiwat province on March 31, 2021. (Photo by Madaree TOHLALA / AFP)

Thailand’s submarine plan torpedoed again as govt takes flak for COVID battle

Thailand’s Navy has once again shelved plans to buy Chinese submarines, following growing pressure on the government to divert the budget for their purchase to tackle the worsening COVID-19 crisis….

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Food delivery rider arrested for trying to set fire to royal portrait

A rider working for a food delivery app was arrested last night (Monday) at his home in Pathum Thani’s Rangsit area, after an alleged attempt to set fire to a…

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Thailand Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of World Economic Forum on Mekong region in Hanoi on October 25, 2016. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Is ‘economics tsar’ Somkid Jatusripitak preparing to make a comeback?

Famed as Thailand’s top “economics tsar”, former deputy prime minister Somkid Jatusripitak has served both elected governments and a junta regime during his long and colorful career. Somkid, 68, abruptly quit…

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Protesters end Sunday’s rally in Bangkok, but vow to return

An anti-government protest leader announced an end to the protest near the Government House at about 6.30pm this evening (Sunday) after several hours facing-off against crowd control police, who fired…

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Thai police use water cannons against anti-government protesters

Police have fired water cannons at anti-government protesters, as they tried to break through barricades and razor wire at Pan Fah Bridge, erected to prevent them from reaching Government House….

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Protest against PM in Pattaya by Thai Mai Thon group

Anti-government Thai Mai Thon (Impatient Thais) protesters rallied in the resort town of Pattaya this afternoon (Saturday), to repeat demands for the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. The protesters,…

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Supreme commander warns against public gatherings ahead of anti-government protest on Sunday

An announcement was issued on Friday by Thailand’s Supreme Commander General Chalermpol Srisawat, in his capacity as chief of the emergency situation administration for security affairs, reaffirming the current ban…

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Protester arrested after demanding mRNA vaccines, two including police officer injured

One protest leader was arrested, while another and a police officer were injured in a scuffle between anti-government protesters and police in front of Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health late…

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Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn, the firebrand MP grilling Thailand’s vaccine strategy

Debutant MP Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn from the opposition Move Forward Party has campaigned relentlessly for full disclosure of the government’s vaccine procurement contracts, insisting that transparency is vital in the fight…

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14 protest leaders indicted over last year’s rally at Democracy Monument

Public prosecutors in Thailand have decided to indict 14 core members of the anti-establishment Ratsadon group, in connection with the mass protest at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok in July…

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How Thai government’s management of COVID crisis may land it in hot soup

Government critics and opposition politicians are campaigning for people impacted by COVID-19 and the associated restrictions to sue the state for compensation over the damage caused. They say the government,…

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“Car mob” protesters rally in Bangkok to demand PM’s removal

The “car mob” protesters, led by political activist Sombat Boonngarm-anong, rallied in different parts of Bangkok this afternoon (Saturday), to put pressure on government coalition parties to dump Prime Minister…

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Pro-democracy protesters walk from Democracy Monument in an anti-government march as they commemorate the anniversary of the 1932 Siamese Revolution in Bangkok on June 24, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Protesters to resume rally tomorrow in Bangkok to call for PM’s resignation

Although without its leader, Jatuporn Prompan, who was escorted back to prison to serve the remainder of his sentence, the anti-government “Thai Mai Thon” (Impatient Thais) political group announced today…

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Protest leader Jatuporn Prompan to stay in prison for almost another year

Thailand’s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the appeal court’s decision requiring Jatuporn Prompan to continue to serve his prison sentence for another 11 months and 16 days, in the defamation…

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Re-Solution takes pragmatic path to a ‘people’s Constitution’ in Thailand

The failed civil effort to amend the Constitution last year has been revived by Re-Solution, a group of young politicians and activists whose stated goal is to bring down the…

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Cold war between Thai govt and Facebook heats up

The Thai government has resumed its tug-of-war with popular social media platforms, particularly Facebook, over the content it deems fake news and insulting to the monarchy. In the latest round…

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Three protest groups rally in Bangkok to demand PM’s resignation

Three groups of anti-government protesters rallied around Thailand’s Government House late Saturday afternoon, to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who they accuse of gross mismanagement of the…

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Pro-democracy supporters display the three-finger symbol of resistance during a demonstration in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, June 24, 2021. Pro-democracy protesters have taken to the streets of Thailand’s capital, marking the 89th anniversary of the overthrow of the country’s absolute monarchy by renewing their demands that the government step down, the constitution be amended and the monarchy become more accountable. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Five anti-government groups gather Friday to seek Thai PM’s resignation

Five anti-government groups are holding rallies today, at Government House and other sites in Bangkok, to seek Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s resignation, despite a ban on gatherings of 20 people…

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House Speaker Chuan Leekpai

Internal conflict over draft hazardous substance bill blamed for lack of quorum

House Speaker Chuan Leekpai told Thailand’s MPs today (Thursday) that he decided to suspend the sitting yesterday because, due to conflicting opinions over amendments to the Hazardous Substances Act, several…

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LGBTQ activists hold up the rainbow flag as they take part in the Pride Parade in Bangkok late last year. Thai activists must be watching developments in Europe with great interest. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Private sector recognises LGBT+ and offers certain ‘rights’

Business operators have started granting “rights” to members of Thailand’s LGBT+ community as they continue to wait to be granted legal rights Thailand is one of the world’s friendliest Lesbian,…

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Re-Solution group submits charter amendment proposals with over 150,000 signatures

Thailand’s “Re-Solution” political action group submitted its constitutional amendment proposals to House Speaker Chuan Leekpai on Wednesday, with over 150,000 signatures from members of the public collected in support, three…

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Public health minister gives moral support to embattled Dr. Yong Poovorawan

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has given moral support to Dr. Yong Poovorawan, head of Chulalongkorn University’s Centre of Excellence in Clinical Virology, who is under pressure by an online…

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Rainbow Capitalism: Does it hurt or help the LGTBQ+ movement?

Every June, gay people around the world celebrate Pride month to honour, recall and rejoice over LGTBQ activists, whose trailblazers changed the world. The conversation surrounding ‘Rainbow capitalism’, however, also…

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House speaker rejects MP contribution to COVID fund, saying not being corrupt is good enough

Thailand’s House Speaker Chuan Leekpai has rebuffed a suggestion that all members of parliament donate part of their salaries to a COVID-19 assistance fund, saying that it will be good…

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Two protest groups rally to demand Thai PM’s resignation

Two groups of protesters gathered, as they said they would, near Government House in Bangkok late Saturday afternoon, to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Led by Mr….

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Cracked alliances heighten state of flux

Pheu Thai and Move Forward are reportedly not seeing eye to eye. But neither are Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Palang Pracharath, and the latter pair’s conflict can be more…

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Thai voters drop their ballots at a local polling station during the constitutional referendum in Bangkok on August 7, 2016. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / AFP)

Will new referendum law help unlock Thailand’s political impasse – or just deepen divisions?

Hopes for a new and more democratic Thai Constitution rose this week when the referendum bill sailed through Parliament. The government-sponsored bill paves the way for a public vote on…

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Thai protest groups vow to rally again on Saturday to demand the removal of PM

Two anti-government protest groups have vowed to resume their rally at Government House in Bangkok tomorrow (Saturday), after they ended their protest on Thursday night. Mr. Nititorn Lumlua, a core…

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Thai parliament accepts only one draft charter amendment of the 13 debated

Thailand’s joint parliamentary session voted last night (Thursday) to accept, in principle, only one of the thirteen draft constitutional amendments – to bring back the two-ballot system. The draft, proposed…

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Pro-democracy activist Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak (2nd R) speaks as Student Union of Thailand spokesperson Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul (L), Panupong “Mike” Jadnok (2nd L) and Jatupat “Pai Dao Din” Boonpattararaksa make the three-finger salute during an anti-government demonstration outside parliament as they commemorate the anniversary of the 1932 Siamese Revolution in Bangkok on June 24, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thai protesters rally for first time in months despite worst COVID-19 outbreak yet

Hundreds of Thais returned to the streets of Bangkok for the first time in months today (Thursday) to demand political change. The protests are the first since the second wave…

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Protest leaders at Democracy Monument in Bangkok

Police to charge protest leaders for breaching state of emergency

Police are collecting evidence on anti-establishment protest leaders, who organised a rally at the Democracy Monument at 4.30am this morning, for breaching the emergency decree’s ban on gatherings of more…

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Anti-establishment protesters commemorate change to constitutional monarchy on Thursday

Thai anti-establishment protesters, including “Ratsadon” and affiliated groups, gathered at the Democracy Monument early on Thursday, to commemorate the 89th anniversary of the bloodless revolution, which transformed Thailand into a…

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House Speaker maintains his rejection of Pheu Thai’s draft charter amendments

House Speaker Chuan Leekpai today (Wednesday) reiterated his decision to reject the Pheu Thai Party’s  draft charter amendments, which seek to establish a Constitution Drafting Assembly to craft a new charter…

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‘Secret’ security spending under fire as Thai budget prioritises defence over health

The opposition is targeting a “secret budget” worth more than Bt1 billion while vetting the Bt3.1-trillion budget for the 2022 fiscal year. The budget bill passed its first parliamentary reading…

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Thailand legislators pass referendum bill to pave way for charter amendments

The Thai parliament passed the Referendum Bill on Tuesday, in its final reading, with an overwhelming 611 to 4 votes, paving the way for future constitutional amendments. According to the…

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400,000 join Greenpeace’s campaign to stop Thailand joining CPTPP

Members of Greenpeace Thailand gathered in front of Government House on Tuesday, to present the 400,000 signatures it has gathered in opposition to the government’s plan to join the Comprehensive…

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Palang Pracharat to nominate Prayut as PM again if party wins election

Thailand’s Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao, a controversial politician who was recently elected as the ruling Palang Pracharat Party (PPRP)’s new secretary-general, said today (Monday) that the party will nominate…

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Protesters warned of legal action if they join rallies this Thursday in Bangkok

Groups of political activists, planning to rally in Bangkok this Thursday, which marks the 89th anniversary of regime change to constitutional monarchy, are being warned by the metropolitan police that…

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Anti-graft body urges rejection of charter amendment draft by Palang Pracharat

The Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand (ACT) has voiced its objection to a draft charter amendment, seeking to protect both elected MPs and non-elected senators from punishment for their interference in…

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Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana: Prayut’s new defender 

As the new spokesman of the Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA), Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana’s first job was to defend the government’s relief measures for people affected by COVID-19. His opening…

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13 charter change bills enter Parliament battle zone. Will any survive? 

Parliament is scheduled to deliberate 13 charter amendment bills this week, but only a few are expected to make it through to the national assembly, a third of which is…

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Pheu Thai Party insists Thai Charter Court does not ban writing of a new charter

Thailand’s opposition Pheu Thai Party has challenged the decision, of the parliament president’s legal advisory committee, rejecting the party’s draft charter amendment on the grounds that it contravenes a Constitutional…

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Palang Pracharat Party’s secretary-general, Thammanat Prompow

Thammanat takes wheel of Palang Pracharath as party plots course for election win

The ruling party’s latest internal reshuffle indicates it desperately wants to win the next election, amid speculation that the national poll will be called early. Palang Pracharath Party rejigged its…

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Opposition dealt a blow as Thai parliament’s legal advisory committee rejects key draft charter amendment

The attempt by Thailand’s opposition parties to craft a new Constitution, through the establishment of a Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA), has been dealt a setback, after parliament’s legal advisory committee…

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Thammanat Prompao elected Palang Pracharat Party’s secretary-general

Thailand’s controversial Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao, who was sentenced to four years in an Australian prison in 1994 for drug trafficking, was elected secretary-general of the country’s ruling Palang…

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A woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Narathiwat on March 24, 2019 during Thailand’s general election. (Photo by Madaree TOHLALA / AFP)

COVID-19 to determine election timing, and perhaps winners

Humans make rules, dissolve parliaments, woo voters, mark ballots, and set up administrations, but the new normal of politics stipulates that they aren’t the ones actually in control. Those activities…

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Pheu Thai Party’s dual approach to amending Constitution explained

Pheu Thai Party’s advisor Phumtham Wechayachai has explained the rationale behind the party’s strategy to amend the current Constitution, by proposing amendment of Section 256, to set up a Constitution…

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Bell rings for round 2 of Constitution fight, with Thailand’s supreme law at stake

The draft bill for a national referendum on charter change is back in the spotlight, with Parliament due next week to resume deliberations that were suspended in April. The government-sponsored bill would…

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Three government parties submit constitutional amendment drafts, limit to senate power sought

Three government coalition parties, Democrat, Bhumjaithai and Chart Thai Pattana, have submitted eight draft constitutional amendments to Thailand’s House Speaker Chuan Leekpai, only hours after the Opposition submitted five of…

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Opposition parties submit their draft constitutional amendments to House Speaker

Today (Wednesday), Thailand’s opposition parties, led by the Pheu Thai Party, submitted five drafts of proposed constitutional amendments to House Speaker Chuan Leekpai for debate in parliament. Pheu Thai Party…

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Pita Limjaroenrat, the leader of the Move Forward Party, is on the podium at a press conference, announcing their stance on the constitution amendment, on June 16, 2021.

After controversial rulings, Thai opposition pushes to criminalise judicial distortion of law

The opposition Move Forward Party is pushing for an amendment to the Criminal Code that would punish judicial personnel for “distorting the law”. Move Forward, aka “Kao Klai” in Thai,…

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The giant-killer of Thai politics, Ruangkrai Leekitwattana takes aim at new target    

Politics is a game where there are no permanent enemies, and no permanent friends, only permanent interests. The old saying was proved true again recently when veteran politician Ruangkrai Leekitwattana…

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Thailand’s House speaker assures debate on Referendum Bill will be held next Tuesday

House Speaker Chuan Leekpai has given an assurance that parliament will proceed with the debate on the Referendum Bill next Tuesday, June 22nd, as scheduled, after a reported attempt by…

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Thai PM vows to complete his term in office despite daily calls for his resignation

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told senators today (Monday) that he will stay in office until the end of his four-year term, even though he faces calls for his removal on…

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Signals point to an early election in Thailand

When Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered his Cabinet last week to speed up implementation of public projects as the government only had one year left in office, many saw it…

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Oh brother! PM’s family hit with graft accusation 

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s younger brother, General Preecha, has become the first member of the premier’s immediate family to be charged by Thailand’s anti-graft agency. The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC)…

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Thailand’s consumer confidence index for May lowest for 22 years

Thailand’s consumer confidence index (CCI) for the month of May plunged to its lowest point in 22 years and eight months, due to impacts from the third wave of the…

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Thai parliament approves 500 billion baht borrowing to fight COVID-19

Thailand’s House of Representatives approved an executive decree today (Thursday), authorizing the Finance Ministry to borrow up to 500 billion baht for the fight against COVID-19, assistance for people affected…

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Ex-PM Yingluck and cabinet cleared over 1.9 billion baht compensation for victims of political violence

Exiled Former Thai Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, and her cabinet, have been cleared of any wrongdoing by an investigative panel of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), in connection with the…

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NACC to seek asset clarification from PM’s senator brother, his wife

Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has decided unanimously in favour of serving a notice on Gen. Preecha Chan-o-cha, a senator and younger brother of Prime Minister Prayut, to acknowledge a…

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Court warns protest leader Penguin’s caretakers to comply strictly with bail terms

The parents of Ratsadon anti-establishment protest leader Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak and a Thammasat University lecturer were warned by the Criminal Court today (Monday) that it may revoke the anti-establishment political…

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Thai government chief whip and 83 others face indictment for futsal court project corruption

The Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) has decided to indict government chief whip and Palang Pracharat MP Wirat Rattanaseth, his wife and 82 other individuals for involvement in alleged corruption…

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Amnesty International

Rights group urges Thailand, ASEAN to probe disappearance of Wanchalearm

Amnesty International (AI) called on the Thai authorities and ASEAN on Friday to investigate the disappearance of political activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit, who went missing last year in Cambodia, while the…

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Thailand’s House of Representatives passes 2022 budget bill

After three days of debate, the House of Representatives passed the 3.1 trillion baht spending budget bill for 2022 fiscal year in its first reading, with 269 votes in favour,…

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Digital ministry pushes internet providers to block anti-monarchy accounts

Thailand’s Digital Economy and Society (DES) Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn said on Wednesday that the ministry has summoned internet providers to acknowledge a court order to block or delete eight Facebook…

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Protesters hold banners and masks with the face of Thai dissident Wanchalearm Satsaksit during a protest outside the Embassy of Cambodia in Bangkok on December 3, 2020, six months after his alleged kidnapping in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

A year on from Thai activist’s kidnap in Cambodia, family in anguish but authorities silent

This month marks a year since Thai government critic Wanchalearm “Tar” Satsaksit disappeared following his apparent abduction in Cambodia on June 4, 2020. His family, friends, and fellow activists have…

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House Speaker tells MPs to obey rules after incident involving police and minister’s aides

House Speaker Chuan Leekpai has reminded members of the Thai parliament to comply with its rules and regulations, saying that they are lawmakers and should behave as role models for…

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Thai court grants conditional bail for three Ratsadon protest leaders

The Criminal Court has granted conditional release for three anti-establishment Ratsadon protest leaders, Anon Nampa, Panupong Jadnok, alias Mike Rayong, and Chukiart “Justin” Saengwong. Informed court sources said today that…

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‘Use the platform if they have one.’ Talking politics with Amanda Obdam

Politics should be normalised, was Amanda Obdam’s key message during a recent interview with Thai PBS World, as beauty pageants in recent years have undeniably became a platform for women…

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Bhumjaithai MP for Uthai Thani province, Chada Thaiseth

Budget Bureau and NESDB slammed for cutting Public Health Ministry’s budget

The Budget Bureau and the National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) came under attack from a government MP, during the budget debate in the Thai parliament today (Monday), for…

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Pheu Thai party leader Sompong Amornvivat

Opposition leader says budget bill is unrealistic

Opposition and Pheu Thai party leader Sompong Amornvivat has criticized the government’s 3.1 trillion baht budget for the 2022 fiscal year as being unrealistic and for failing to reflect the…

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Tight COVID-19 safety measures at parliament as debate on budget bill starts

With the ongoing COVID-19 surge in Bangkok and its suburbs, unusually tight safety measures have been imposed at the Thai Parliament, as the three-day House debate on the government’s 3.1…

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Govt move to restrict freedom of information is a mandate for corruption, critics warn

Proposed amendments to the Official Information Act are aimed at protecting state secrets, contrary to the law’s original goal of securing the public’s right to access government data, critics warn. …

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Does 2022 budget bill answer the country’s needs?   

Critics say the 2022 budget bill scheduled for debate in Parliament next week has several flaws, ranging from the size of total spending to how it is allocated.   The 2022…

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A man wearing a facemask, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, sells lottery tickets in Bangkok (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Court orders lottery office to pay ฿1.65 bn compensation for failed online lottery project

Thailand’s over-a-decade long online lottery saga, pitting Loxley Public Company against the Government Lottery Office (GLO), came to an end today when the Supreme Administrative Court ordered the GLO to…

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Govt facing onslaught over COVID policy as parliamentary battle commences

COVID-19 will top the agenda when the new session of Parliament kicks off this week, with battle focusing on executive decrees including the bill for another Bt 500 billion in…

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House Speaker Chuan Leekpai at the Parliament on May 25, 2021

House Speaker warns MPs to discipline their aides following claims of attempted vaccine queue jumping

Members of the Thai parliament have been told, by House Speaker Chuan Leekpai, to keep discipline among their aides, as some allegedly tried to jump the queue of people waiting…

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First Thai teenage anti-establishment protester indicted with lèse majesté

A teenager, under 18 at the time of the alleged offence, has been indicted under Thailand’s draconian royal defamation law, known as Article 112, after taking part in a protest…

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Former PM Yingluck says junta has failed Thais on 7th anniversary of coup

Ousted fugitive former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra wrote on her Facebook page today (Saturday) saying it was bitter and hurtful to see the Thai people failed by the junta led…

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From friends to foes: How former yellow-shirt leaders have turned against Prayut

Thai politics has taken a surprising twist amid the worsening COVID-19 crisis, with supporters of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha now joining loud calls for him to quit. Previously seen as…

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Panusaya Rung

Corrections Dept. claims protest leader ‘Rung’ did not contract COVID-19 in prison

Thailand’s Corrections Department said today (Thursday) that anti-establishment protest leader Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul did not contract COVID-19 in detention, after the 22-year-old announced her infection yesterday. Panusaya was in quarantine…

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Move Forward party proposes law amendment to prevent distortion of laws

The opposition Move Forward Party is working on a bill, to be submitted to the House of Representatives, seeking to amend the Criminal Code to prevent law enforcement officers from…

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File photo Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul and Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak

Protest leader ‘Rung’ infected with COVID-19, ‘Penguin’ vows to fight on

22-year-old anti-establishment protest leader Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul has contracted COVID-19, according to her social media post today (Wednesday), almost a week after her release on bail. Panusaya revealed this morning…

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Anwar Salaeh, the Democrat fighting for party’s return to anti-authoritarian roots    

While for outsiders Anwar Salaeh is a rebel MP, most of his fellow Democrats consider him a black sheep for his role as an opponent of both his party and…

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Thai Appeals Court upholds former Democrat MP Thepthai’s election fraud conviction

Thailand’s Appeals Court today (Tuesday) upheld the verdict of the Nakhon Si Thammarat provincial court, in sentencing former Democrat MP Thepthai Senpong and his brother Manote to two years in…

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Thai anti-establishment protest leader ‘Penguin’ and activist ‘Ammy’ granted bail

Anti-establishment protest leader Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak and singer-turned-activist Chai-amorn Kaewwiboonpan, who have been indicted on lèse majesté charges, were granted conditional bail today (Tuesday). The pair, who had been denied…

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Fine arts student Vitthaya Klangnil prepares to cut the number ‘112’ into his chest, in front of a Chiang Mai police station, in protest against Thailand’s lèse majesté law. (Facebook: Community of MorChor)

Chiang Mai Uni student slashes chest with razor blade in protest against lèse majesté law

A Chiang Mai University student has slashed his chest with a razor blade in protest against the country’s lèse majesté law this morning (Tuesday). The incident, with the cut made…

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Thailand’s Constitutional Court on May 5, 2021.

Controversial Thammanat ruling triggers push to reform Constitutional Court

The Constitutional Court’s controversial ruling last week in favour of Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Thammanat Prompow has upset many people, including supporters of the government. Thammanat, a key dealmaker…

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Higher Education Minister Anek’s path from student activist to enemy of student protesters 

As an academic, Anek Laothamatas made his name with a “Tale of Two Democracies”, which explores the divide in Thai society between the rural and urban sectors. But in his…

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Thammanat

Court’s decision on convicted Thai minister ‘shocking, but not surprising’

Disappointment, anger and despair is rumbling through Thai society after Thammanat Prompow was let off the hook by the Constitutional Court on Wednesday. Though many were unsurprised by the verdict,…

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Thai anti-establishment group leader Panusaya released on conditional bail

A protest group leader, Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, was released from the Central Women’s Correctional Institute yesterday (Thursday) evening, after the Criminal Court granted her conditional bail. The court granted bail…

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Thailand’s Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao gestures at Government House (File photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

“It was flour” – Thai justice ridiculed as court decision over convicted minister branded “its lowest point”

Yesterday’s Constitutional Court verdict, which allows controversial Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompow to retain his ministerial post and MP status, despite his drug trafficking conviction in Australia in the 1990’s,…

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Protest leader Anon catches COVID-19, while Penguin is returned to prison

Anti-establishment Ratsadon group leader Anon Nampa, currently being held on remand at Bangkok Remand Prison awaiting trial on lèse majesté and other charges, has been found to be infected with…

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Passengers wearing face masks and a protective suit as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus arriving at the departure terminal of Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

Migration push among young-gen Thais ignites fierce debate over country’s direction

Thai social media has lit up with heated debate about citizens who have vowed to leave the country over growing frustration with the government’s COVID-19 vaccination policy. Both sides of…

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Thai pro-democracy activist Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak flashes a three-finger salute as he arrives at a Bangkok court for a hearing on Lese-Majeste charges, March 15, 2021.

Court drama as Thai protest leader’s life ‘hangs in balance’

An icon for the youth-led movement seeking to topple General Prayut Chan-o-cha’s government, detained protest leader Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak is gambling with his life by refusing to consume solid food…

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Thai ex-convict Deputy Minister spared the axe by Charter Court

Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled today (Wednesday) that Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompow, who was found guilty of drug trafficking by an Australian court in 1993, can retain his ministerial post…

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