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]
March 20, 2015
by Emelina Perez
The Bangkok Military Court on Friday sentenced 67-year-old Opas Chansuksai to 18 months in prison for insulting the monarchy under the nation's lese majeste laws. Chansuksai was arrested for insulting King Bhumibol Adulyadej in bathroom graffitti last October, and later confessed to the charges. ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Thailand Supreme Court announced Thursday that former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra will stand trial for negligence over the government's rice subsidy scheme. The hearing will take place May 19, and she could face up to 10 years in prison if found guilty. Yingluck denied culpability in a ...[read more]
March 17, 2015
by Addison Morris
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha called Tuesday for a limit to the use of martial law that has been in place since May. Under martial law, all political protests have been banned and the military possesses unbridled authority to arrest and detain citizens. Prayuth stressed that the Thai ...[read more]
March 16, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Four Thai activists will face military court on charges of violating junta orders banning public gatherings. The activists are members of a group called Resistant Citizen, which has held demonstrations around Bangkok protesting against military rule. Prosecutors have asked the men to report on ...[read more]

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