In a recent post, PPT commented on the delays to lese majeste trials where defendants refuse to plead guilty. We said this as a form of torture. In addition to strenuous efforts to force defendants to plead guilty, those who don’t see their trials dragged out for years, while they remain in jail. A report […]

Sport360.com is not usually the subject of a post at PPT. Yet we felt there’s one point in an article about a middle-ranked Thai golfer that reflects something being seen more broadly in Thailand. Readers will recall the widespread criticism of now King Vajiralongkorn as his father declined and his succession became a reality. There […]

A Bangkok Post editorial declares that the “Prayut Chan-o-cha government” or, more accurately, the military dictatorship, “has this week made itself look increasingly like the highly authoritarian administration of Chinese President Xi Jinping — intolerant to dissent and obsessive about repression.” Really? Only this week? And, despite the authoritarianism of the regime in China and […]

The military regime has has warned the Democrat Party to behave itself. The dictatorship considers that its (former?) political allies has been using “the plight of rubber planters, who are facing hard times given falling prices of the commodity, for political gain.” Government spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd warned against “lambasting” the regime, and declared […]

PPT has posted over several years on the delaying of lese majeste trials where defendants refuse to plead guilty. We have referred to this as a form of torture. In addition to strenuous efforts to force defendants to plead guilty, those who don’t see their trials dragged out for years, while they remain in jail. […]

All of that talk about local elections and loosening the restrictions on political activism turns out, as we had suggested, to be a steaming pile of buffalo manure. Prachatai: reports that the military dictatorship “has ordered the police to tighten surveillance on anti-government groups and report about their activities every 15 days.” All police have […]

We highly recommend the report published at Prachatai on lese majeste investigations from 2007-2017. It is one of the best we’ve seen in recent years. The graphic summarizes the sorry tale. (We do wonder if the palace-related and vindictive cases are included.) The military dictatorship’s 300 cases is by far the largest number for any […]