One of the ways in which the courts have undermined the rule of law has been by applying the lese majeste law to persons, dead, alive, fictional and historical, and some animals. Anyone reading that sentence will be baffled, but it is a fact that the Thai courts have applied the law to threaten real […]

The military dictatorship’s jailing of  Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa (or Pai) is an example of how the junta engages in selective political repression. The first political activist to be charged and jailed on lese majeste charges during the reign of the loathsome King Vajiralongkorn, his arrest was a act of political repression, singling out Pai among thousands […]

PPT has several times posted on the undermining of the rule of law under the military dictatorship. The essential underpinning of the junta’s injustice system is double standards. Readers may have noticed a swathe of cases brought against the junta’s political opponents of late. These include cases against the Shinawatra clan, including laws to be […]

In a report at Prachatai, it is said that in “the three years since the 2014 coup d’état, the regime has disrupted 157 public events…” It adds that these events have mostly being considered “politically sensitive.” That term is rather lame. In fact, the junta has mostly shut down events it considers threatening to its […]

One of the most significant acts by the military-backed regime put in place following the 2006 military coup was the dissolving of the Thai Rak Thai Party through the application of a “law” applied retrospectively. That application of a junta decree indicated and demonstrated double standards in the judicial system and promoted the further politicization […]

The royals and the military are in cahoots in ripping off the Thai taxpayer. The military is the biggest spender at present. The most recent bit of kit added to the ever-expanding list of big-ticket item for the military is a flight of Korean jets. That follows submarines, tanks, helicopters and armored personal carriers. In […]

Who knew? Well, the “authorities” probably did. The Bangkok Post reports that Thailand’s state has “a network of 27 agencies” that spy on its citizens. The news emerges as a “security commission” headed by Deputy Dictator General Prawit Wongsuwan “has approved another reform plan aimed at improving the government’s intelligence work…”. It is reported that […]