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<p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Martial law, in force across the Kingdom, is being promoted in a campaign by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) as a guarantee of safety for tourists.</p> <p>Tawatchai Aranyik, the Director of TAT, unveiled on Sunday the “24 Hours Enjoy Thailand” campaign. In the campaign, TAT promotes Thailand as safe for tourists because martial law is in force, so tourists can be sure that they will be safe all day and night..</p> <p>TAT will start promoting the campaign early next year in order to attract tourists during the high season.</p>
<p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Thai military’s attempt to silence labor activists confirms a deteriorating state of labor rights in Thailand after the coup. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>On Tuesday, labor union activists revealed that they received phone call from the military who tried to prevent them from holding dialogue with government officials on ‘the World Day of Decent Work’ on Tuesday 7 October.</p>
By Kongpob Areerat |
<p>On 7 September, the Pattani Provincial Court rejected an appeal by Rohima Huseng, who alleged that security officers in Pattani tortured her brother, Hasan Huseng, during interrogation at a detention centre in a military camp in southern Pattani Province.</p>
<div dir="ltr"> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>After the coup d’état in May, Thailand’s national budget for honouring the royal family has increased significantly by&nbsp;approximately 20&nbsp;per cent from around 14 billion baht or about US$435 million this year to over 17 billion&nbsp;baht or about US$536 million next year.</p> </div>
By Kongpob Areerat and Thaweeporn Kummetha |
<div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Since the coup d’état on 22 May, the junta has threatened and detained academics and students in many tertiary educational institutions. It even sent soldiers to storm on-going academic seminars and force them to stop. Despite the climate of fear, Thai academics are now protesting against the junta and the suppression of free speech by using a metal box. Yes, a metal box -- or ‘<em>Peep</em>’ in Thai.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Bangkok Military Court on Thursday sentenced three peaceful anti-coup protesters to six months’ imprisonment and fines of 10,000 baht, but with the jail terms suspended.</p> <p>Because the three defendants pleaded guilty, the court decided to halve the sentences to three months and a fine of 5,000 baht each and suspended the jail terms for two years.&nbsp;</p> <p>Woraphon Vichasut, Nattawut Nuchanarot, and Sumet Virojchaiyan took part in anti-coup protests in late May 2014.</p>
By Thaweeporn Kummetha and Kongpob Areerat |
<div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Since September 2013, the tension between villagers and Tungkum Co. Ltd., the mine operator, flared up when the villagers barricaded the mine entrance, blocking trucks, each of which normally carries 15 tons of cyanide waste, from passing through the villages.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The villagers from six villages of Khao Luang district of the northeastern province of Loei claims that throughout 12 years of mining operations, they have suffered numerous environmental problems allegedly caused by the mine. </div>
<div><em>On the 100th Day of the Thai Military Coup d’etat</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Statement of International Solidarity Group for Thai Democracy and Human Rights</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Since the military seized power from the interim government on 22 May 2014 and established the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), the international community is gravely concerned by the severe backlash of human rights and democracy in Thailand.&nbsp;</div> <div>The Inter </div>
<p>While Burma’s Constitution reserves 25 per cent of parliamentary seats for the military, Thailand now has 52.5% of seats in the newly appointed National Legislative Assembly (NLA) occupied by acting and retired military officers.</p> <div> </div>
<div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Coup makers, since 1976 coup d’etat, have regularly cited a surge of lese majeste as a prerequisite for overthrowing an elected government. The 2006 coup, when lese majeste was cited as one of the major reasons, marked a surge of the lese majeste cases. The atrocity in April-May 2010, where almost 100 of people were killed during the military crackdown on anti-establishment red-shirt protesters, also contributed to a dramatic rise of lese majeste cases, especially the offences committed online. </div></div>
By Andrew Spooner, Asia-Provocateur |
<p><em>This morning I managed to complete an interview with released political detainee Nattapat Akkahad. It is one of the first insights into life inside the camps for the&nbsp;detainees.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>Nattapat was seized by the Thai Army on the day of the coup on 22nd May. He is the son of Payao Akkahad whose daughter, <a href="" target="_blank">Kamolkade</a>, was shot and killed by the Thai Army on May 19th 2010 whilst working as a medic.</em></p>
<p>A Group of Alumni and Students of the Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University issed an statement to criticize the coup, as follows</p> <p>Amidst the year-long protracted political crisis, the fact that difference and conflict are inevitable in any societies should be well realized.</p>