Author Archives: Political prisoners of thailand

Amnesty International on systematic and arbitrary restrictions on human rights

Amnesty International has released its annual report on the state of the world’s human rights. It’s a 400 page PDF that makes for grim reading. The report had a launch in Thailand and there are reports at Khaosod and The Nation. Amnesty International Thailand Director Piyanut Kotsan is quoted in The Nation saying: “The situation […]

When the military is on top XIV

When the military is on top it makes stuff up that almost no one believes but the regime expects the population to accept, no matter how nonsensical the claim. In a recent report, Interior Minister General Anupong Paojinda has claimed that “[a]bout a million people joined the ‘Thai Niyom’ program launched by junta chairman [Gen] […]

Updated: Another excuse for delaying the junta’s election?

Can the junta have its “election” without a new Election Commission? We are not sure what the answer is, but we were staggered by the report in Prachatai that: On 22 February 2018, the junta’s National Legislative Assembly voted to reject the seven candidates for new Election Commission of Thailand (ECT). A candidate must receive […]

Two strange lese majeste acquittals

Prachatai reports that on 22 February 2018, “the Kamphaengphet Provincial Court ruled Atsadaphon and Noppharit (surnames withheld due to privacy concerns) not guilty of violating Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law, citing weak evidence.” This unusual acquittal refers to a case that began on or about 20 August 2015, when the […]

Watching and waiting

In the land of the military dictatorship, double standards are the guiding principle when it comes to law. While there were similar patterns seen in the past, it needs to be remembered that the junta seized the state in the 2014 coup and expelled an elected government publicly trumpeting the need for reform, its opposition […]

10 years later

A decade after the event, 79 mainly southern members of the People’s Alliance for Democracy have been sentenced to jail terms of a few months each, with some suspended. They were charged with “a variety of charges including property damage, breaking and entering and intimidating others” for their “seizing control of a state broadcaster as […]

Feudal plaudits

Some time ago, PPT posted on the king’s ordering celebrations of winter that took on a feudal tone. That post mentioned that the public was encouraged to wear “traditional clothes” and 19th century fashions. We were not aware that there was a dress competition. Khaosod reports on that competition. It says that Culture minister Vira […]