Tag Archives: interim 2014 constitution

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 […]

Money for nothing

Many readers will have already seen Prachatai’s report on the iLaw study of the apparently unconstitutionality of some members of the military junta’s puppet National Legislative Assembly. We say “apparently” because the details of “leaves” taken are considered “secret.” The point made by iLaw – Prachatai’s report doesn’t seem to get it quite right – […]

Scary king

In a new article at The Conversation, Eugénie Mérieau of Sciences Po has an assessment of King Vajiralongkorn and the constitution (the space is open to choose the military’s interim one or the draft, passed in a “referendum” but being amended military one). Readers will find it of interest. We don’t agree with all of it. […]

More power to the king

Reuters recently had a story about unconstitutional constitutional amendment made “constitutional.” Oddly, the report makes the claim that the amendments demanded by King Vajiralongkorn were “requested.” Even more oddly, the authors of the report mistakenly believe that the draft constitution is “military-backed.” In truth, it is the military’s constitution. While it is true that this […]

Concocting constitutionalism

The Bangkok Post describes The Dictator as “furious” about reporting on the relationship between the king and the junta’s government. General Prayuth Chan-ocha seems to be in a lather over perceptions that the king has stepped beyond the bounds of his constitutional position. Prayuth reckons the reason for this is that the media hasn’t reported […]

Royal meddling continues I

New king, same old political meddling. This time, however, Vajiralongkorn’s meddling is public and embarrassing for the junta. It is also revealing of how the “referendum” was a junta plaything that can be thrown aside whenever it or the king wants. Khaosod reports that General Prayuth Chan-ocha has stated that the king “has asked for […]

Military dictator blind to irony

According to Prachatai, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, The Dictator, has used his dictatorial powers under Article 44 of the military’s dictatorial interim constitution to “terminate three public agencies responsible for facilitating dialogue between civil society and the state.” Apparently not recognizing the irony of his dictatorial actions, The Dictator terminated the Office of the National Economic […]