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By Prachatai |
<p>Thailand&rsquo;s National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has passed 66 laws between 18 January and 8 February 2019, just before the election, according to iLaw.</p>
<div> <div>The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) may ban people who fail to vote from working for the government in a bid to increase the penalties for election absentees. </div></div>
<div> <div>The junta’s lawmakers have proposed a law which will allow authorities to tap the phones of politicians suspected of corruption.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 19 December 2017, Meechai Ruchupan, chairperson of the junta-appointed Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC), expressed concern that the junta’s National Legislative Assembly (NLA) is proposing to grant the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) power to track the communication devices of people holding political positions.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The CDC chairman is worried that the proposal would give too m </div></div>
<p>The junta’s lawmakers have given the green light to a controversial bill which gives more power and protection to the Constitutional Court. &nbsp;</p> <p>The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) on 23 November 2017 voted 188 in favour, none against and 5 abstentions, to pass the third reading of the draft Organic Law on the Procedures of the Constitutional Court, which was drafted by the Constitution Drafting Committee and submitted to the NLA in September.</p>
<p>A civil society group is pressing the junta’s lawmakers to disclose the content of a meeting on the new land tax bill.</p> <p>On 16 November 2017, representatives of <a href="">Land Watch Thai (LWT)</a>, a group monitoring land issues, submitted a letter to Surachai Liengboonlertchai, Vice President of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA).</p> <p>The letter demands disclosure of the report of the 2 November meeting on the Land and Building Tax Bill.</p> <p>The NLA unanimously agreed not the reveal the content of the meeting.</p>
<div> <div>The junta-appointed lawmakers have accepted in principle the Organic Act on the Constitutional Court which will protect the court from contempt and online criticism. Breaching the law can lead to up to one month in prison, a 50,000 baht fine, or both. </div></div>
<p>The junta-appointed Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) has protected the Constitutional Court against contempt under the organic law.</p> <p>Udom Ratamarit, spokesperson of the CDC, revealed that the CDC has submitted the draft organic law on the procedures of the Constitutional Court to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), <u>Voice TV reports</u>.</p> <p>He said the NLA will consider the bill on 28 September 2017. &nbsp;</p>
<p>Thailand’s junta-appointed parliament has passed a bill that will install a committee tasked with ensuring that future governments adhere to the National Council for Peace and Order’s (NCPO) strategic plans for the next twenty years. Governments which fail to bring to life the NCPO’s wishes will face prosecution by the National Anti-Corruption Commission.</p>
<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>
By Kongpob Areerat |
<p>More than three years after the first bill in Thai history to recognise the existence of same-sex couples was introduced, the Thai junta still shows no sign of passing it. Meanwhile, many LGBT activists point out that although the bill might provide greater equality, it still discriminates against LGBT people.</p> <p></p>
By Paisarn Likhitpreechakul |
<div>&nbsp;</div> <div><img alt="" src="" /></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Last month, a photo of Saudi Arabia’s Girl’s Council became viral because of one peculiarity: the total absence of women and girls in it. Thousands of Thais – including many LGBTIs – must have sniggered at the image. </div>
By Amnesty International and ICJ |
<div><img alt="" src="" /></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) regret the decision of Thailand’ National Legislative Assembly (NLA) to further delay the passage of essential legislation criminalizing torture and enforced disappearances. </div>