May 21, 2015
by William Helbling
Foreign ministers from Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia issued a joint statement Wednesday addressing the recent influx of migrants arriving to their respective nations and agreeing to take in migrants in the most humanitarian fashion. While the countries have agreed on taking in migrants awaiting ...[read more]
May 20, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Thailand's military government announced on Tuesday it will hold a referendum on a new constitution, likely delaying the general elections scheduled for mid-2016. Thailand is currently operating under a temporary charter as its previous constitution was abolished after a coup last May. A committee ...[read more]
May 20, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
Thailand's former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to charges relating to negligence over the government's rice subsidy scheme. Yingluck maintains that she is innocent, and has stated to reporters, "I hope the court will grant me justice, and that everything will go ...[read more]
May 3, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday called on the Thai government to authorize a UN-assisted inquiry into human trafficking in Thailand. The discovery of more than 20 bodies of ethnic Rohingya Muslims near an abandoned trafficking camp inspired the call. Rohingya migrants fleeing persecution from ...[read more]
April 17, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The Thai Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) announced on Friday the completion of the first draft of a potential constitutional charter and its submission to an advisory council for review. The new document would replace the one voided nearly a year ago by military coup and could be ratified as ...[read more]
April 2, 2015
by Matt Belenky
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein expressed alarm Thursday over the Thai government's decision to replace martial law with a new security order. On Wednesday Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha announced the military government would lift martial law and replace it with ...[read more]
April 1, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha announced Wednesday that the country's military government will lift martial law in place since May and replace it with a new security order. The new order has garnered significant criticism to the almost unlimited power granted to the already powerful Thai ...[read more]
April 1, 2015
by Peter Snyder
A military court in Thailand Tuesday sentenced a businessman to 25 years in prison for posting messages critical of the Thai royal family on Facebook. Theinsutham Suthijittaseranee was found guilty of five counts of of lèse majesté, with each count garnering a 10-year sentence. The sentence was r... ...[read more]
March 31, 2015
by Addison Morris
Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Tuesday announced plans to revoke the country's long-standing Martial Law Act BE 2457 (1914), calling on King Bhumibol Adulyadej for approval. The country has been under the rule of martial law since then-General Prayuth staged a military coup last ...[read more]
March 30, 2015
by Brittany Felder
Eight rights groups on Monday expressed concern over a plan by Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ochato ease the Martial Law Act BE 2457 (1914) and replace it with Section 44 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand (Interim), BE 2557 (2014). The organizations, including the Thai ...[read more]

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