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By ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) |
<p>Southeast Asian parliamentarians have responded warily to the&nbsp;<a data-saferedirecturl=";source=gmail&amp;ust=1628179230526000&amp;usg=AFQjCNEfs3zWyBb_R4VgZMXmz2vQzAneug" href=";id=298ef80540&amp;e=8250da8729" target="_blank">decision by ASEAN</a>&nbsp;to appoint Brunei&rsquo;s Foreign Affairs Minister II Erywan Yusof as its special envoy to Myanmar, urging him to take immediate and decisive action to put an end to the military&rsquo;s bloodshed and chaos.&nbsp;</p>
<p>ASEAN and the international community must provide humanitarian aid to Myanmar, but must not allow the junta to weaponize humanitarian aid to seek legitimacy, said Progressive Voice and FORUM-ASIA.&nbsp;</p>
By Prachatai |
<p>Following the military coup in Myanmar on Monday morning (1 February), Amnesty International, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) have all issued statements of concern about the coup and the arrest of politicians and activists.</p>
By Asaree Thaitrakulpanich |
<div> <div><span>All year round, Thai TV channels air military-themed soap operas, where cute actors dressed in military uniforms play silly pranks on their crushes. This neutralizing formula of cuddly fictional soldiers tries to overwrite actual military men, who look—and act—much uglier. The latest farce, coming soon to you is a three-part military action-drama, “Master of the Skies,” which will focus on heavily armed, sexy commanding officers in order to more seriously popularize—and sexualize—the military.</span></div> </div>
By Kongpob Areerat |
<p>As Thailand’s time under a military regime drags on for a year and a half without any prospect of an election in the near future, an independent writer and democracy activist says that political reform is just an empty promise if the Thai military does not reform itself.</p> <p></p>
By Asaree Thaitrakulpanich |
<div> <div>Since the 70s, Thais have been encountering periodic remakes of a military-themed romantic comedy. Its nine—that’s right, nine—manifestations, released after military coups, show themes of legitimizing and romanticizing the military.&nbsp;</div> </div>
<p><br />The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) issued a 37th announcement, granting authority to the Army Court to prosecute all crimes in violation of &nbsp;Article 107-112 of the Criminal Code, or the crimes against the monarchy including Thailand's lese majeste law. Crimes regarding national security and sedition as stipulated in Article 113-118 of the Criminal Code will also be prosecuted by the Military Court. &nbsp;</p>