The May 2014 military coup has send a chill through all those who think and talk about politics. The military dictatorship, which has strong support from royalists and other anti-democrats, is no different from other authoritarian regimes. It fears freedoms of expression, assembly and thought. Early on, the military junta specifically targeted academics considered unreliable. […]

Following the May military coup, the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship has been very quiet. Some of this has to do with the extent of the military crackdown and the power of the military dictatorship. Yet some of it is a failure of organization and capacity on the UDD’s part. At last, though, the […]

As PPT has posted, there is considerable speculation that The Dictator and his lot plan to be around, “managing” Thailand’s politics for some considerable time. As we thought about this, and ran out various lengths of string, we were presented with an interesting story at The Irrawaddy online, which reports on the travails of Fiji. […]

PPT was about to post on Thailand’s great leader, The Dictator and General with sundry other high titles, Prayuth Chan-ocha and his misogynous claptrap of recent days, when Saksith Saiyasombut at Siam Voices wrote all we could say and more. Well, almost. As ever, PPT has something to add. As Siam Voices explains it: The […]

PPT received the following urgent appeal from the AHRC. It refers to Pornpen Khongkachonkiet and Somchai Homlaor of the Cross Cultural Foundation. Somchai is well known as a former member of the Abhisit Vejjajiva regime’s Truth for Reconciliation Commission. ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION – URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-133-2014 17 September 2014 THAILAND: […]

Several days ago, PPT had a short post that stated: The Bangkok Post reported yesterday that the “Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) is launching a full investigation into the case involving the procurement of high-priced microphones for Government House, an OAG source says…. The source told the Bangkok Post Wednesday that OAG officials had already […]

From the Asian Human Rights Commission, forwarded for Thai human rights groups on the actions by the company that police chief designate Somyos Pumpanmuang served as a director until very recently: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AHRC-FST-070-2014 September 16, 2014 A Statement from the human rights activists in Thailand  forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) […]

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