Tag Archives: constitutional referendum

Keeping the repression lock on

After more than three years, the military dictatorship is not about to allow critics much space. This doubling down on repression is likely to continue until the junta decides it can hold its “election” and be assured of an outcome that suits it. In a recent piece at Prachatai, readers get a clear idea of […]

Further updated: Bombs, “elections” and anti-democrats

No diehard anti-democrat wants the military junta to hold an “election,” even one that is fixed in a way that allows the military to continue to control politics for years to come. At the Bangkok Post, Surasak Glahan admits to being mystified by [anti-democrat] Suthep Thaugsuban’s plea last week for Prime Minister and NCPO [junta] […]

ASEAN lawmakers on Thailand’s authoritarian path

We reproduce this in full from ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights: ASEAN lawmakers: Thailand moving in the wrong direction three years on from coup JAKARTA – Parliamentarians from across Southeast Asia warned today that Thailand is moving in the wrong direction three years after the country’s military overthrew the last democratically elected government. On the […]

Release Pai XII

The (in)justice system in Thailand continues to behave as the junta’s messengers. Prachatai reports that on 5 April, the Region 4 Appeal Court confirmed the ruling of the Court of First Instance not to release Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa, who faces a fit-up on lese majeste charges. The court agreed with the other court that releasing New […]

Constitution to be revealed

All media have dutifully reported that the king, who we guess is back from Germany or will be soon, will “formally enact the new constitution on Thursday, which also marks the anniversary of his dynasty’s reign over Thailand.” That seems entirely appropriate in the sense that the regime came to power following a military coup […]

UN Human Rights Committee findings

The UN Human Rights Committee has published its findings on the civil and political rights record of countries it examined during its latest session. These findings are officially known as “concluding observations.” They contain “positive aspects of the respective State’s implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and also main matters […]

Updated: Going after grannies

The junta doesn’t discriminate when attacking and repressing its opponents. Age, gender and location are no barriers to repression. Over the past couple of days, it seems the military dictatorship has turned its attention to repressing grannies. A story at Prachatai reports that 20 villagers in Udornthani have ended a court case by pleading “guilty […]