23 Sep 2021
Since 2017, King Rama X has issued at least 112 royal edicts appointing and demoting royal officials and the royal consort, bestowing royal decorations, appointing monks to the Sangha Supreme Council and expressing political views, which raises questions over accountability under the King Can Do No Wrong principle.
16 Sep 2021
A newly-launched book documents the ongoing case of Somsak Chuenchit and his 12-year effort to bring the police officers who tortured his son by beating and suffocating him with plastic bags during an interrogation.
2 Aug 2021
The approximately 4-metre-tall concrete monument located near the Lak Si roundabout disappeared without trace on 28 Dec 2018, even though it was situated in front of Bangkhen Police Station. However, no one has been able to answer – how did the monument disappear even when 5 months earlier it had been registered as a National Historic Site in the Royal Gazette?
23 Jul 2021
Although barred from approaching Government House, the protesters dispersed by crowd control police on 18 July left behind a number of clear ‘statements’ including a model guillotine, federalist graffiti, and demands for effective vaccines.
23 Jul 2021
A new Draft Act on Operations of Not-for-profit Organizations is raising huge concerns among civil society a due to its extensive powers of surveillance and control of the finances of a wide range of associations. The broad scope of this law threatens almost any kind of association in Thailand.
22 Jul 2021
Under the disease control measures announced on 27 June 2021, construction workers are not permitted to leave their camps after several Covid-19 clusters were found in them and are now left with very little assistance from the government.
10 Jul 2021
The explosion and fire at a factory in the middle of a populated area near Suvarnabhumi International Airport proves the lack of vision and law enforcement in town planning and public safety.
29 Jun 2021
Artist Wittawat Tongkeaw's latest solo exhibition "The L/Royal Monument," launched on 24 June, tells stories of Thailand at a political crossroad and buried memories. Prachatai speaks to Wittawat about his work, the role of art in opening up spaces for discussing what is seen as taboo, and what it means to be political and an artist in this country.
25 Jun 2021
Suicides have been a controversy since the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020. The significant rise in the number of cases warrants attention.
11 Jun 2021
In a conversation with Prachatai, the President of the Blind Society Association of Thailand, who has just filed a second complaint of royal defamation against another blind person, insists that the monarchy can be criticized with proper language, reason and factual evidence. Despite sending a blind woman to jail in the past, he believes that the accused this time can adjust to prison life as it is “the same as boarding school”.
4 Jun 2021
A year after Wanchalearm Satsaksit vanished, authorities say there is no proof he was abducted in Phnom Penh. A joint investigation reveals details of the Thai dissident’s escape from Thailand, life in exile in Cambodia and the last days before he disappeared.
18 May 2021
In order to eradicate all forms of dictatorship and restore democracy in military-ruled Myanmar, the newly formed National Unity Government (NUG) has called for urgent international recognition and an end to violence before political dialogue.