Amnesty International calls for release of all activists held on remand

Representatives of Amnesty International (AI) Thailand and other human rights advocates rallied in front of Thailand’s Ministry of Justice today (Wednesday) to submit a petition, addressed to Justice Minister Somsak…

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Bangkok celebrates first ‘Pride Month’ with newly elected governor

Bangkok saw its first official Pride parade yesterday (Sunday), to celebrate gender diversity and to advocate forgender equality. Thousands of LGBTQ+ community members joined the festive “Bangkok Naruemit Pride Parade”…

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Thai government called on to scrap measures restricting public gatherings, NGOs

The Campaign for Popular Democracy (CPD), a non-governmental organisation dedicated to the promotion of democracy and human rights, has called on the Thai government to scrap the emergency decree and…

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US ‘concerned’ after UN human rights chief visits China

The United States expressed concern on Saturday over China’s “efforts to restrict and manipulate” the UN human rights chief’s visit to the Xinjiang region where Beijing is accused of detaining…

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Transgender people can wear clothes of their choice at law training course

Thai transgender people, who dress in accordance with their chosen gender identity, can now attend law training courses and take examinations at the Lawyers Council of Thailand, ruled a gender…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 01, 2022, the United Nations holds its second day of emergency special session General Assembly meetings on the Russia-Ukraine conflict in New York City. – The UN General Assembly will vote on April 7, 2022, on suspending Russia from the UN Human Rights Council following allegations that Russian troops deliberately murdered civilians in Bucha, Ukraine, the assembly presidency said. (Photo by Andrea RENAULT / AFP)

Thailand abstains in vote to suspend Russia from UN Human Rights Council

Thailand, highlighting “inclusivity”, abstained from a vote to suspend Russia from UN Human Rights Council over its aggression against Ukraine during the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday. Thailand was…

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NHRC rules limitation of free expression a violation of human rights

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has ruled that Restriction No: 11, contained in “Announcement 27”, issued under the Emergency Decree by the Thai government, which bars media from disseminating…

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Pickers of the Bayaka pygmy traditional medicine, shows berries supposed to have medicinal properties, picked in the equatorial forest, in Bayanga, on March 13, 2020. – Since the beginning of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the authorities of the Dzanga-Sangha Park have been pushing pygmies into the forests. The displeases farmers take advantage of the pygmies to get free or very low paid labour for illegal diamond mines and agricultural fields. (Photo by FLORENT VERGNES / AFP)

Thai berry pickers and Finnish justice

A long story about the plight of 26 Thai berry pickers in Finland published on BBC Thai was a sad one, but with a just ending, as the Finnish Supreme Court reached…

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Cabinet agrees in principle to P-move’s demand for land rights

Thailand’s cabinet today (Tuesday) approved, in principle, P-move activists and civic groups’ 15-point demand for mechanisms to ensure the basic rights of ethnic minorities to land settlement, community land title…

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US President Joe Biden speaks during a memorial service for the late US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 8, 2022. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

US human rights still found wanting

The recently released Human Rights Watch (HRW) annual report is an all too familiar assessment of the global rights situation, except in the US itself. Indeed, the report should have…

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Record 488 journalists imprisoned, 46 killed in 2021: RSF

Paris (AFP) – There are currently 488 media professionals imprisoned around the world, the highest number since Reporters Without Borders began counting more than 25 years ago, the NGO announced Thursday.  By…

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Jana district protesters granted conditional release

Police have released 36 Jana District protesters without bail, but on the condition that they must refrain from holding a similar protest again. Rattanamanee Polkla, a human rights lawyer, said…

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Pro-monarchy group demands expulsion of Amnesty International from Thailand

Supporters of the Thai monarchy rallied at Government House today (Thursday), to demand that the government expel Amnesty International (AI) from the country for allegedly interfering in internal affairs. AI…

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Idealism or Reality – Can Thai diplomacy meet the aspirations of the new Gen?

“Idealism or Realism” – Can diplomacy serve the growing aspirations of young Thai leaders for greater engagement in world affairs while serving national interests, or is there more than meets…

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Cambodian prisoners on a prisoner truck arrive at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. More than a dozen activists who were former members of the dissolved opposition party appeared at the court for a bail hearing. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

UNHCR ‘dismayed’ by Thailand’s deportation of third Cambodian refugee this month

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Tuesday issued a statement deploring Thailand’s deportation of a Cambodian refugee, which occurred only ten days after the authorities deported two other Cambodian refugees….

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File photo. A screen shows Chinese President Xi Jinping attending a virtual meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden via video link, at a restaurant in Beijing, China November 16, 2021. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

Biden, Xi stick to their positions but turn down the heat in three-hour talk

WASHINGTON/BEIJING, Nov 16 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden pressed his Chinese counterpart on human rights in a video call lasting more than three hours, while Xi Jinping warned that…

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Torture and enforced disappearance bill, lèse majesté, SLAPP laws questioned at Thailand’s 3rd UPR

The timing of the enactment of Thailand’s law against torture and enforced disappearance and whether Thailand will ratify the Optional Protocols of the Convention against Torture were questioned at Thailand’s…

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Senate refuses to let ethnic minority representative sit on human rights commission

Thailand’s Senate has overwhelmingly rejected the nomination of a representative of Thailand’s ethnic minorities as a member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). Wiwat Tamee, the director of a…

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Speedy passage of law against torture and enforced disappearance urged

Relatives of victims of enforced disappearance and a network of human rights organisations in Thailand rallied in front of parliament this morning (Wednesday) to demand the speedy passage of a…

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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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Human rights Pichet dance

One dance to cover 7 human rights issues

Pichet Klunchun sets out to do the impossible with a specially created show to mark the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Can several complicated human rights issues…

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FILE PHOTO: Protesters hold placards as they rally against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., June 2, 2020. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon/File Photo

America’s rivals return fire on human rights after U.S. protests

U.S. unrest over the death of a black man in police custody has reversed the usual tide of diplomacy over human rights, as nations stung by American criticism over the…

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This picture taken on March 14, 2020 shows a view of destroyed tents and shelters used by Syrians displaced by conflict from Idlib and Aleppo provinces, located near the town of Kafar Takharim in the northwestern province of Idlib, following heavy storms. (Photo by Mohammed AL-RIFAI / AFP)

Syria’s brutal war enters 10th year

Syria’s brutal conflict enters its 10th year Sunday with President Bashar al-Assad’s regime consolidating its hold over a war-wracked country with a decimated economy where foreign powers flex their muscle….

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Future Forward determined to end junta’s legacy

The Future Forward party has vowed to press ahead with its intention to do away with, what it deems to be, the legacy of the military junta through legislative means,…

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(Photo) Residents and protesters hold lighted candles at the wake of Kian Loyd delos Santos, a 17-year-old high school student, who was among the people shot dead last week in an escalation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs in Caloocan city, Metro Manila, Philippines August 21, 2017./ REUTERS

Philippines slams ‘unpardonable intrusions’ by U.N. rights experts

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippine government attacked United Nations human rights experts on Saturday for “unpardonable intrusions”, after a call for an international investigation into killings linked to President Rodrigo…

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