A political activist throws paper signs outside the Constitutional Court of Thailand in Bangkok on November 10, 2021, after the court ruled that three Thai protesters’ demands on monarchy reform amounted to calls to overthrow the constitutional monarchy. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

2021: Year of unprecedented monarchy debate capped by a chilling court ruling

Before the birth of the youth-led protest movement in 2020, criticism of the monarchy and calls for changes to the institution were only limited to academia. But after the movement…

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“Doing parliamentary duties” is a divisive term

Thai parliament votes down bills aimed at rescinding junta’s post-coup orders

Thailand’s House of Representatives today (Wednesday) rejected two bills aimed at repealing all announcements and orders, deemed to be violations of the principles of human rights and democracy, issued by…

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Thai parliament rejects ‘people’s charter’ amendment draft

Thailand’s Parliament, during a joint session for its first reading today (Wednesday), voted to reject a constitutional amendment draft, dubbed “the people’s charter”, which sought to abolish the Senate, revamp…

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Slim chance of People’s Constitution draft passing parliamentary scrutiny

Former election commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn has predicted that there is only a slim chance that the People’s Constitution draft, scheduled to be debated in a joint session of parliament on…

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Thai Civil Court rejects plea to suspend public gathering restrictions

The Thai Civil Court today (Friday) dismissed a plea for restrictions on public gatherings to be lifted, submitted by Internet Law Reform Dialogue (iLaw) and two Ratsadon anti-establishment protesters. In…

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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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Parliament adopts 2 charter bills, rejects iLaw’s version

Parliament today voted in favour of two bills in their first reading that would pave the way for drafting of a new constitution but threw out the one proposed by…

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A closer look at the charter bill dividing Parliament – and the nation

Parliament today begins a two-day debate on seven motions seeking amendments to the Constitution, but public attention will be focused on the bill proposed by iLaw aimed at the most…

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Opposition pledges to support all 7 draft constitutional amendments

Thailand’s opposition parties will vote in support of all the seven draft constitutional amendments, proposed by the government, opposition and the iLaw NGO, whose draft has been endorsed by more…

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Maximum security in place at Parliament ahead of protest on Thursday

Maximum security is being implemented at the Thai Parliament ahead of a planned protest by the Free People movement, as the joint sitting of the House of Representatives and Senate…

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Signature collection campaign to support charter changes at protest site

Non-governmental organization iLaw is continuing its signature collection campaign for constitutional amendments by encouraging today’s protesters to sign up.   iLaw staff are manning a tent at Sanam Luang to…

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Thai civil society to launch signature campaign for a People’s Constitution

Thai human rights NGO iLaw and civil society networks, including People Go and the Constitution Advocacy Alliance, are to launch a signature-gathering campaign to push for the drafting of a…

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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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