We reproduce this statement from the Asian Human Rights Commission: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AHRC-STM-062-2016 03 May, 2016 THAILAND: Fifth anniversary of the imprisonment of Somyot Prueksakasemsuk Saturday, 30 April 2016, was the fifth anniversary of the imprisonment of Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, a long-time labour rights activist and human rights defender. On 30 April 2011, Somyot was […]

PPT is playing catch-up on our posting. The military dictatorship has become so aggressively repressive that we simply can’t keep up with all of its machinations. Here are a couple of stories we think were important over the last couple of days, and we’ll try to post a little more to report on the repression. […]

The Dictator, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, has repeatedly engaged in lies and nonsense. Most recently, he has attempted to create a bedrock lie about the military dictatorship. A few days ago, The Dictator commented on his 2014 coup, and an op-ed in the Bangkok Post reminds us of this. In short, General Prayuth has dissembled: there […]

Yesterday we mentioned in a post that former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra had called on The Dictator, General Prayuth Chan-ocha to be more accepting of criticism. We said there was fat chance of that, but did note that Yingluck’s call was likely to be politically explosive. Not least, this was because Yingluck revealed that Prayuth […]

Seeking to control the outcome of the charter referendum is another example of the military dictatorship’s craving for total control of everything. As we have said before, the junta believes it can engineer an outcome, and no matter how fraudulent, believes it will be able to claim “legitimacy.” Hopefully, whatever the military does, the people […]

The military dictatorship’s penchant is for control. Control politics, control people, control media, control the internet, control the country and, now, control the weather. It is the nature of a humorless, erratic, brutal, hierarchical and madly repressive institution to want to control every aspect of life. This is why all efforts to oppose the junta’s […]

It is now 5 years and one day since editor and activist Somyos Prueksakasemsuk was arrested and accused of lese ajeste. He has remained in jail this entire time. When his trial was held, Somyos was often in chains and cages. On 23 January 2013, he was sentenced to 5 years on each of two […]

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