National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)
1 Jun 2018
Despite close ties with the military government, an anti-election hyper-royalist monk has been detained for criminal association, extortion and counterfeiting a royal emblem. The incident has raised the question of whether the junta is still in full control of Thai politics.
24 May 2018
Nuttaa ‘Bow’ Mahattana, on the second night of her detention with 14 other democracy activists, scribbled a letter on a scrap of paper explaining how their rights have been violated. 1. Were we arrested or did we turn ourselves in?
23 May 2018
As the date draws near for the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to fulfil its promise to lift restrictions on political activities in June 2018, in place since the military coup of 22 May 2014, Katherine Gerson, Amnesty International’s Campaigner on Southeast Asia, said: “The sweeping and wholly unjustified restrictions on human rights put in place by the NCPO in the wake of the coup were supposed to be exceptional and temporary measures.
18 May 2018
Citing the ban on political activities, the junta has pressed charges against eight Pheu Thai politicians for attacking the junta administration. On 18 May 2018, Col Burin Thongprapai and Maj Gen Wijarn Jodtaeng, acting on behalf of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), filed charges against eight Pheu Thai politicians after they attacked the NCPO administration at a press briefing on Thursday. The eight include Watana Muangsook, Chaturon Chaisang, Noppadon Pattama, Chaikasem Nitisiri, Phumtham Wechayachai, Pol Ma
2 May 2018
The release of Cambodian political fugitive Sam Serey early on Friday morning earned the praise of the international community while stoking tensions with Cambodian officials. But a researcher at Human Rights Watch is doubtful that his release indicates a broader change in the way Thailand treats refugees and asylum seekers. Thailand released Sam Serey on 27 April to be flown back to Denmark, where he has permanent resident status. Serey was arrested last Wednesday for overstaying his visa.
2 May 2018
There are two main components of a public assembly, according to the Public Assembly Act of 2015 or the ‘assembly prohibition law’. The first relates to the type of ‘activity’ according to Article 3 [], which states the kind of activities that fall within the scope of this law and which must be reported in advance to the responsible officials before they are eligible for protection and facilitation for the assembly to take place.
18 Apr 2018
‘The winners write history,’ said many Thai netizens last week in criticisms of a Thai history textbook which praises the military government for establishing “true democracy” in Thailand. “Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha as Prime Minister has carried out a policy of reforming the country, reforming politics to be truly a democracy, eliminating corruption and using moral principles to lead the country to be truly a democracy.” This is a direct quote from page 195 of “History of the Thai Nation,” a history textbook published by the Mini
2 Apr 2018
The news director at PPTV was reportedly pressured to resign after repeatedly criticising the deputy junta head over his undeclared luxury watches. Various media reported late last week that Vanchai Tantivitayapitak, PPTV news director, resigned after the station was pressured by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). According to sources, the resignation is related to the fact that PPTV has consistently criticised the NCPO, especially over the corruption scandal of Gen Prawit Wongsuwan and his many
30 Mar 2018
The junta is pressing sedition and traffic obstruction charges against 57 people who joined last weekend’s protest calling for general elections. On 30 March 2018, Col Burin Thongprapai, acting on behalf of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), filed charges against 57 participants in the protest at the Royal Thai Army, which called on the military to stop supporting the junta.
22 Jan 2018
Since the junta leader coined the term “Thai-ism democracy,” various politicians have observed that it is just another attempt by the junta to justify its authoritarian politics by using beautiful words. But looking at Prayut’s further explanations, it might be worse than that. “Thailand can no longer be in conflict.
15 Jan 2018
22 civil society organisations have launched a project to collect signatures of Thai citizens in a bid to repeal the junta’s orders that violate human rights and democratic values. On 15 January 2018, iLaw, a human rights advocacy group, and its network organisations launched a campaign to abolish over 500 orders of the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). Organisations that joined the campaign today include the Southern Peasants Federation of Thailand, the People's Health Movement, the student activist Democ
23 Nov 2017
In a move that raised eyebrows among human right advocates, the junta announced on 21 November, after three years in power, that human rights would be incorporated into the regime’s so-called Thailand 4.0 sustainable development initiative.