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<div> <div>Rangsiman Rome, a key student activist leader, has submitted his answers to Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha’s notorious four questions at the Ministry of Defence. </div></div>
<p>Leading Thai architects and the national association of engineers have denounced the use of Section 44 to speed up the Thai-Chinese high-speed railway line project between Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima, pointing out that it puts public safety at risk.</p> <p>“The use of the special law as an exception to building an approach to good governance … may cause confusion and mistrust in the rush to implement the project,” reads <a href="">the statement of the Engineering Institute of Thailand Under H.M. the King’s Patronage (EIT)</a>.</p>
<div> <div>Following his controversial invitation for public feedback on his four questions, Prayut has now posed 50 more ‘issues to think about’.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Over the past month, Thai civil society and the social media alike have lambasted Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha for posing via television <a href="">four questions on elections</a> for the people to answer <a href="">through submissions</a> at state offices. </div></div>
<p dir="ltr">Despite a growing deficit, Thailand’s junta-appointed parliament has voted unanimously in favour of a draft government budget that allocates an extra 8.8 billion baht to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in 2018.</p> <p></p>
<div> <div>Despite a growing deficit, Thailand’s junta-appointed parliament has voted unanimously in favour of a draft government budget that allocates an extra 8.8 billion baht to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in 2018.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 8 June 2017, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the head of the country’s junta, dedicated two and a half hours to clarifying to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) the details of a draft government budget of 2.99 trillion baht for 2018.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>220 billion baht is allocated to the MoD, an increase from last year of 8.8 billion baht </div></div>
<p>Following an order from the junta, the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) has prohibited regional education staff from discussing or criticising the junta’s regional education reform plan.</p>
By Kongpob Areerat |
<p dir="ltr">After three years of the junta’s ‘returning happiness’ mission, the country’s poor and ethnic minorities are still suffering from the junta’s ‘return the forest’ policy while the junta opens up more land for investors and cuts environmental regulations for big business.</p> <p></p>
By Human Right Watch (HRW) |
<p><a href="">Thailand’s</a>&nbsp;junta has failed to fulfill pledges to respect human rights and restore democratic rule three years after the military coup, Human Rights Watch said today. The ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), led by Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, has instead prolonged its crackdown on basic rights and freedoms, and devised a quasi-democratic system that the military can manipulate and control.</p>
<p dir="ltr">Citing political ills, the Thai junta has ironically proposed a so-called political culture bill, saying it could foster a democratic political culture. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">On 7 March 2017, the junta-appointed Committee on National Reform, National Strategy, and Reconciliation<a href=""> announced 42 national reform priorities</a> from Government House.</p> <p dir="ltr">Among these 42 reform goals, a political culture bill was proposed as a solution to Thailand’s political ills.</p>
<div> <div>Thailand’s junta leader has called for the Thai people to be flexible about the country’s ‘roadmap to democracy’, suggesting that a postponement of elections would not be a big deal. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 27 February 2017, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta leader and Prime Minister, delivered a <a href="">speech</a> reaffirming the importance of the country’s ‘roadmap to democracy’. </div></div>
<div> <div>In response to a recent report that labels Pattaya as the “world’s sex capital”, the junta head has announced a crackdown on prostitution.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 21 February 2017, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the Prime Minister and junta head, announced that he will <a href="">order the police to uproot Pattaya’s sex industry</a>. </div></div>
By Kongpob Areerat |
<p dir="ltr">News of police scapegoating innocent victims has inspired public calls for police reform. But amidst announcements by the junta that it will push ahead with planned reforms to the police force, some believe the initiatives will only increase the regime’s grip over the nation’s law enforcers.&nbsp;</p> <p></p>