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Legal News
21 Dec 2007
by Patrick Porter

[JURIST] Thailand's National Legislative Assembly passed a controversial security law Thursday, days before the country's general elections. The Internal Security Bill grants the head of the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) [Wikipedia backgrounder] power to bar public demonstrations, hold detainees without charge, and declare indefinite states of emergency. The original … [read more]


Legal News
13 Dec 2007
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] Interim Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont [BBC profile] said Thursday that he will not withdraw a proposed Internal Security Bill [Nation report] that would grant the military power to override government operations and suspend rights even after general elections of a civilian-run government scheduled for December 23. The proposal … [read more]


Legal News
8 Oct 2007
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Martial law [JURIST news archive] will remain in some regions of Thailand indefinitely, General Winai Phattiyakul said Monday, citing unspecified security concerns in border provinces. Winai said that martial law will be lifted in some provinces, but gave no specifics on when that might occur. Martial law was imposed … [read more]


Legal News
20 Aug 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] The Election Commission of Thailand [official website] on Monday certified the results [PDF text, in Thai; Nation report] of Sunday's constitutional referendum [JURIST report], reporting that 56.69 percent of voters approved the draft constitution put forth by the country's military-backed interim government. Although the measure passed, experts predict that … [read more]


Legal News
19 Aug 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] Roughly 70 percent of voters casting ballots in Thailand Sunday approved the interim military-supported government's proposed new constitution [JURIST report; draft text, PDF], which will replace the country's 1997 charter. Interim Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont [BBC profile], who came to power after last September's military coup [JURIST report], had … [read more]


Legal News
15 Aug 2007
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] At least 10,000 supporters of Thailand's former ruling party protested Wednesday against a proposed draft constitution [JURIST report], as an August 19 national referendum looms. Members of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra's dissolved Thai Rak Thai party (TRT) [JURIST report] also appeared at the Bangkok rally, organized by the People … [read more]


Legal News
13 Aug 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Tens of thousands of people marched in Thailand Monday in support of an upcoming general referendum on whether to approve the interim government's proposed draft constitution [JURIST report]. The march, organized by interim Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont [official profile; BBC profile], is an effort to promote popular support for … [read more]


Legal News
6 Aug 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] A Thai court Monday released on bail six leaders of the July 22 anti-coup protest with the condition that they would not engage in activities that may increase "strife within society" or instigate violence. The defendants, anti-coup academics and supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile], were … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jul 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Thailand may continue to hold eight leaders of last Saturday's anti-coup protest for up to 48 days, a Thai police official told Reuters Saturday. Colonel Supisarn Bhakdinarinath said that police are authorized to hold suspects without charge for 12 days, and are allowed to request up to three extensions … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Bangkok police spokesperson Supisarn Bhakdinaruenart said Monday that six anti-coup protesters involved in Sunday's clash with police [AP report] have been charged with disturbing the peace, injuring police, and destroying government property. The clash erupted after approximately 5,000 protesters, consisting of supporters of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Thailand's interim-government [JURIST report] lifted a ban on the registration of new political parties Wednesday, after the military-appointed National Legislative Assembly (NLA) [Wikipedia backgrounder] approved legislation formally ending the ban instituted by the military after its September 2006 coup [JURIST report]. The move will allow members of the dissolved … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jul 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Thailand's Constitution Drafting Assembly approved a final draft of a new constitution Friday, paving the way for an August 19 constitutional referendum and possible general elections in December. The 100-member body, appointed by the military, unanimously approved the 309-article draft presented [JURIST report] by the 35-member Constitutional Drafting Committee … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Thai police Tuesday charged former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] with concealing assets and illegally holding stock in publicly listed companies, as interim Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont [official profile; BBC profile] repeated his previous guarantee for Thaksin's personal safety [JURIST report]. Department of Special Investigations … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] Interim Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont [official profile; BBC profile] Tuesday invited his ousted predecessor to return to Thailand to challenge allegations made against him and the recent seizure of $1.5 billion in assets [JURIST reports] amassed from the sale of the telecommunication company he founded in the 1980s. … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Thailand's interim-government [JURIST report] Monday lifted a ban on political activities that had been in place since the 2006 bloodless coup [JURIST report], which will allow the dissolved [JURIST report] political party Thai Rak Thai (TRT) [official website, in Thai] to reform. The ban, which was lifted by Prime … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jun 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin [BBC profile], the leader of Thailand's 2006 bloodless coup [JURIST report], said Friday on state television that he backs amnesty for ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile] and his party leaders. The remarks follow Wednesday's Constitutional Court [official website, in Thai] ruling that banned Shinawatra … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] announced Friday that the Thai government [official website, in Thai] may grant amnesty to Islamic insurgents, but that it still supports Buddhists who have armed themselves for protection. Surayud, who replaced former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
30 Mar 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Thailand Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont [BBC profile; official website] declined a request to declare a state of emergency in Bangkok Friday, although he said he had not ruled out the possibility of doing so in the future. Military officials had sought the declaration to crack down on critics of … [read more]


Legal News
28 Nov 2006
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] The Thai cabinet Tuesday approved a measure to lift martial law in 41 of the country's 76 provinces, including Bangkok, despite a recommendation by coup leader and Army Commander-in-Chief General Sonthi Boonyaratglin [BBC profile] Monday to retain martial law in the capital city. Thailand [JURIST news archive] has been … [read more]


Legal News
27 Nov 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Thailand's military leaders decided Monday to lift martial law in 40 of the country's 76 provinces, pending the approval of Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont [official website; BBC profile]. Thailand has been under a state of martial law since the Thai military seized power from civilian prime minister Thaksin … [read more]

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