24 Nov 2022
On the same day various leaders from Asia-Pacific nations mingled at a shiny convention center in Bangkok, photographer Chalinee Thirasupa was among a huddle of journalists taking photos of a phalanx of riot police close to Democracy Monument. A glass bottle was suddenly hurled toward her face.
16 Nov 2022
The Thai office of Amnesty International over the past few months has increasingly turned to tackle more domestic human rights issues. An interview with the Country Director reveals that this decision has had a great impact, even threatening the organization’s existence, and including death threats against Amnesty personnel.
9 Nov 2022
Two representatives of Buddhists in the Deep South group have gone to Malaysia to meet leading figures in the insurgency. The conversation hints at positive signs toward greater public participation in the peace process.
3 Oct 2022
Academic Supalak Ganjanakhundee explains that in the recent 2022 military shake-up, the ‘red rim’ soldiers who are symbolically close to the king have taken over many key positions, reflecting a core problem at the root of the Thai democratic transition that has been plagued by military coups.
21 Sep 2022
A Thai national living in exile alleges that he was subject to beatings, suffocation, mock drowning, and execution threats during a 28 day detention by the military junta detention in 2014. The episode left him with psychological trauma and no place to live in Thailand.
6 Jul 2022
A study by the Centre for Research on Inequality and Social Policy (CRISP) finds that low-income people were heavily affected by the pandemic. Without appropriate support, the lingering damage may slow their recovery more than expected.
23 Jun 2022
Prachatai interviewed Thitirat Thipsamritkul, lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Thammasat University, and also the Chair of Amnesty International Thailand, on the impacts that the Non-profit Organisation Act may have if passed.
17 May 2022
A talk with Thep Boontanondha, author of “The King’s Soldiers and the Fostering of Faith and Loyalty” in an attempt to see how the Thai armed forces have been imbued with monarchism. As the influence of the monarchy ebbs and flows, the practice lives on, affecting the political landscape even after the fall of the absolute monarchy.
A Look at the Personal Data Protection Act, A law whose exemptions are more important than its principles
1 Apr 2022
Enforcement of the 2019 Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) has been postponed for 3 years. A committee member was appointed from the National Security Council as being qualified to protect the national interest. The text contains many exemptions from the law, or do the principles need to make way for the exceptions?
From the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo to the Stand Against Tyranny: Pakavadi Weerapaspong on Chiang Mai’s 197 days of protest
16 Mar 2022
After the last two activists held in pre-trial detention were granted bail on 4 March 2022, activists in Chiang Mai ended their daily protest for the right to bail. We speak to writer and translator Pakavadi Weerapaspong about the Stand Against Tyranny protests and its role in the pro-democracy movement.
10 Mar 2022
Bangkok is not the only venue for staging protests against the detention of pro-democracy activists. In the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani, a “Stand Against Detention” movement has seen protestors regularly meeting for non-violent demonstrations to demand their release as well.
20 Jan 2022
Nithiwat Wannasiri, known as Jom Faiyen, a Thai activist, musician and political refugee in France, was attacked in 2020 by 2 Czech men along with Aum Neko, another Thai political refugee. Now the judicial process ended in late 2021, he has revealed what the case entails, underlining the claim that the incident stemmed from politics rather than racial hatred.