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By Prachatai |
Following discussions on Tuesday (18 June), the Constitutional Court will reconvene on 3 July to discuss the petition filed by the Election Commission of Thailand (ECT) seeking the dissolution of the Move Forward Party (MFP).
By Prachatai |
On Tuesday (18 June), parliament voted to pass at the first reading 4 bills proposing amendments to the Public Referendum Act so that referendums will no longer require a double majority.
By Prachatai |
The Constitutional Court will continue to deliberate on the PM’s dismissal case on 10 July, requesting the relevant agencies to submit additional evidence and their opinions within 15 days.


By Yostorn Triyos |
A series of photographs and essay by Real Frame photographer Yostorn Triyos explores life in communities on the banks of the Salween River after the Covid-19 pandemic and the February 2021 Myanmar coup, such as Sop Moei and Mae Sam Laep where people continues to live in uncertainty amidst the war. Meanwhile, the Thai and Myanmar government's project to build 6 dams across the Salween River has been put on hold due to the pandemic and the war.
By Wanna Taemthong |
<p>Following the February 2021 coup in Myanmar and subsequent violence against protesters, a large number of people from Myanmar came to Thailand seeking safety and are now living as refugees in urban areas. Some came with valid visas, while some are undocumented, but all are unrecognised as refugees and unprotected under Thai law.</p>
<p>During the pandemic, Thai musicians and workers in the music industry faced unemployment as bars and entertainment venues were ordered to close. Many had to sell their instruments to keep themselves afloat, or make a living doing whatever else they could, while some left the industry altogether.</p><p>In &quot;Unplugged: Music in Crisis,&quot; Thai musicians talk about their lives during and after the pandemic, and the future of creative economy in Thailand.</p>
By Chutikan Chaikittiwatana |
In mid-August 2020, at the height of the student-led pro-democracy protests, Thai high school students began protesting by displaying the three-finger salute during the the playing of the national anthem at their morning assembly while wearing white bows as symbols of resistance to dictatorship. Despite its familiarity in daily Thai life, few are aware of the anthem’s origins, which trace back to the 1932 Siamese revolution that transformed the country into a constitutional monarchy, and as the definition of the nation become contested, the anthem becomes an arena hosting differing definitions among factions of Thais.
By Kamonchanok Rueankham |
Thai women leaders in local politics have been working relentlessly to combat gender stereotypes and to become living examples for future generations.
By Lanner Burma |
When Songkran arrives, people in Thailand flock to buy bus and train tickets to return to their hometowns. In Myanmar, this mid-April holiday, celebrated all over mainland Southeast Asia, is called Thingyan. However, the festivities have been disrupted for the past four years, both by the Covid-19 pandemic and by the military coup in 2021 which led to a military dictatorship and an ongoing civil war. Many people are now seeking refuge in Thailand and are no longer safe to return home.
By Prachatai |
<p>A monarchy supporter with a large online following was arrested on Saturday, hours after he claimed to have raised nearly 700,000 baht to cover the cost of what he described as a ritual to extend the life of King Vajiralongkorn&rsquo;s eldest child.</p>
By Anna Lawattanatrakul |
<p>Thailand is currently hosting the APEC Economic Leaders&rsquo; Week, taking place between 14 &ndash; 19 November at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre (QSNCC), with the 29th APEC Economic Leaders&rsquo; Meeting on 18-19 November. Meanwhile, activist groups and civil society organizations are planning series of protests over the week against what they see as an attempt by the government to boost its legitimacy and greenwash the country&rsquo;s major polluters.</p>
By Prachatai |
<p>A week has passed since the Northeastern massacre that left 37 dead. In the wake of the heartbreaking carnage, authorities and the media have begun to reflect on past errors and look for a way forward.</p>
By Anna Lawattanatrakul |
Left without answers following the disappearance of her husband, human rights lawyer Somchai Neelapaijit, Angkhana Neelapaijit has not only spearheaded the search for him but also campaigned for the criminalization of enforced disappearance in Thailand. Today, 20 years later, Angkhana is a member of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. We speak to Angkhana 20 years after Somchai’s disappearance about her life since her husband went missing and her hope for Thailand after the enforcement of the new anti-torture and enforced disappearance law.
By Sasitorn Aksornwilai |
Having spent a decade of her life promoting gender diversity. Natakamon “Priest” Siwasilp, an intersex person and a co-founder of Intersex Thailand, discovered that being intersex is a natural variation of being human. Now, she uses her voice to expand awareness about intersex people, striving for a future where intersex people are wholeheartedly accepted and granted the rights to live the lives they truly desire.
By Harrison George |
Thailand will soon hold its first Senate election since the 2014 military coup. Our resident satirist Harrison George takes us through what might happen when one tries to run for a seat.
By Thanapat Pekanan |
Can the return of exiled politicians ignite hope for Thai democracy and reshape its political landscape? Thanapat Pekanan argues that Jakrapob Penkair, who recently returned to Thailand after 15 years in exile, could pave the way for the return of political refugees if he could reconcile with the establishment and ensure that the plight of those prosecuted by the royal defamation law is addressed.
By Yukti Mukdawijitra |
Yukti Mukdawijitra, associate professor of anthropology at Thammasat University, writes about his experience in the arraignment room at the South Bangkok Criminal Court after he was indicted on a royal defamation charge filed against him over a tweet from two years ago.
By Prachatai |
Seven human rights organizations called on the Thai government to immediately release and drop charges against individuals arbitrarily detained for exercising their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and repeal or amends laws used to stifle dissent, as well as conduct an inviestigation into the death of activist Netiporn Sanesangkhom, who died in custody following a long hunger strike to demand the release of political prisoners.
By Human Rights Watch |
Human Rights Watch has called on the Thai government to release Y Quynh Bdap, a Montagnard religious freedom activist and refugee, and ensure that he will not be sent back to Vietnam, where he faces a risk of an unfair trial and ill-treatment by Vietnamese authorities.
By Clooney Foundation for Justice |
Following the death of pro-democracy activist Netiporn 'Bung' Sanesangkhom, the Clooney Foundation for Justice filed a petition with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on Netiporn's behalf seeking remedies for violations of her rights, including reparations for her family and an opinion from the Working Group urging Thailand to stop misusing detention to stifle criticism of the monarchy.