Martial Law 2014
13 Feb 2015
It is ten years since Prachatai was founded as an alternative media outlet.
31 Dec 2014
The highly criticized and controversial National Human Rights Commission (NHCR) of Thailand is facing a downgrade of its status by the network of interneational human rights organizations due to its failures in tackling human rights violations in Thailand.
25 Dec 2014
The Junta leader has accused some of the media of inciting conflict and attacking him personally and threatens to use martial law to shut them down. According to Matichon Online, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, prime minister and the head of the junta’s National Council of Peace and Order (NCPO), said he can stand public criticism as a public figure, but not personal attacks against him. He then urged the media to respect his privacy and his human dignity.
22 Nov 2014
Thailand must end immediately the prosecution of civilians in military tribunals and transfer all remaining cases to the civilian courts, said the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) today. On 18 November 2014, the Bangkok Military Tribunal convicted a political broadcaster, Khathawut B., of lese majeste under article 112 of the Thai Criminal Code and Article 14 of the Computer Crimes Act, and sentenced him to five years in jail following a plea of guilty.
18 Sep 2014
The military and police on Thursday evening detained four academics and three student activists for organizing and participating in a seminar about the end of dictatorial regimes in foreign countries after forcing the seminar to be stopped. They were released about 9.30pm. The seminar was a part of the political seminar series “Democracy Classroom”, organized by League of Liberal Thammasat for Democracy (LLTD), a progressive Thammasat student group.
24 May 2014
[UPDATE] After anti-coup protesters pressured military officers and tried to negotiate for the release of a male protester wearing a white T-shirt, the military released the man around 7 p.m. on Saturday. The man was detained for about 15 minutes.
23 May 2014
One day following Thailand’s 12th military coup since the end of the absolute monarchy in 1932, 26 scholars of Thai Studies from outside the country, wrote a letter to General Prayuth Chan-ocha, expressing their concern at the coup launched by the National Order Maintenance Council (NOMC).
23 May 2014
The Facebook page of the National Peace and Order Maintenance Council (NPOMC) has been stormed by song requests from Thai Internet users who have been frustrated by Thai nationalist right-wing songs from WWI, WWII and the Cold War era, played repeatedly when all broadcast media were ordered to stop broadcasting.
22 May 2014
SEAPA Statement on the Declaration of Martial law in Thailand The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) expresses gravest concern over the Royal Thai Army’s imposition of martial law yesterday across Thailand, particularly that it has targeted the media and freedom of expression.
22 May 2014
Under the century-old martial law declared by the army, a special body, set up on Wednesday to be responsible for internet censorship, vowed to shut down websites in an hour. The body is composed of representatives from the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), the police, and the army’s special peacekeeping body, the Peace and Order Maintaining Command (POMC).