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<p>On the occasion of &nbsp;Daw Aung San Suu Kyi&rsquo;s&nbsp;64th birthday that falls on 19th June 2009, we, the undersigned reiterate our call for the immediate and unconditional release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in Burma.</p>
<p>Despite its wrong caption, <a href="http://www.thairath.co.th/today/view/12919">Thai Rath</a>&rsquo;s photo of a former PAD guard grabbing the hair of a red-shirt woman and dragging her along the road during the military crackdown in April has won the Best Photo of the Year Award from the Mass Media Photographers Association of Thailand (MPA). The MPA President explained it won because it is so vividly emotional that no description is necessary. Abhisit will preside over the ceremony on June 18.</p>
<p>On May 29, social critic <a href="http://www.sulak-sivaraksa.org/th/index.php?option=com_content&amp;task=view&amp;id=2290047&amp;Itemid=1">Sulak Sivaraksa</a> sent a letter to the HM the King&rsquo;s Principal Private Secretary, asking him to look into the case of nominated human rights commissioner Parinya Sirisarakarn, owner of a salt mining business in Nakhon Ratchasima which has been the subject of complaints about its impact on the livelihoods of local communities.</p>
<p>On June 10, Thanapol Ewsakul, editor of Fah Diew Kan magazine and owner of <a href="http://www.sameskybooks.org/">www.sameskybooks.org</a>, gave testimony at the Crime Suppression Division to police and public prosecutors as a witness for alleged offences on web-boards.</p>
By AHRC |
<p>The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is writing to you following the inquest findings of a court in Thailand issued on 29 May 2009 that the deaths of 78 men in Narathiwat in October 2004 was a result of suffocation while being carried in vehicles. The findings clear the way for prosecutions of the persons responsible for this heinous crime, which attracted and continues to attract global attention and bring Thailand into international disrepute.</p>
<p><span><span>We, migrants from Burma, live in a perpetual state of crisis and the global economic crisis is further adding to our difficult and sometimes desperate situation.</span></span></p>
<div>The webmaster of a teen website has been interrogated by police twice for a comment deemed &lsquo;probably&rsquo; offensive to the monarchy, which was posted by a reader almost two years ago.</div>
By AHRC |
<p><span><span>Mr. Sawit Keawan, General Secretary of Thailand&rsquo;s State Enterprise Workers Relations Confederation (SERC*), today, file a complaint with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) during the 98th International Labour Conference in Switzerland. This complaint alleges that the Royal Thai Government (RTG) is breaching the ILO&rsquo;s Equality of Treatment (Accident Compensation) Convention (C-19) by denying Burmese migrant worker access to the Social Security Office&rsquo;s (SSO) Workmen&rsquo;s Compensation Fund (WCF) following accidents at work.</span></span></p>
<p>Pravit Rojanaphruk, reporter for the Nation, has written about the response he got from a senior journalist, famed for his investigative work, when he tried to investigate the reported dismissal of editors at Matichon.</p>
By Netizen |
<p><div>After asking the court to extend the deadline for appealing for one month, the public prosecutor decided not to appeal on Suwicha's case. &nbsp;Chiranuch is to hear whether she will be prosecuted on June 26.</div> </p>
<p><div>On May 30, Dr Sumet Tantivejkul, Secretary-General of the <a href="http://www.chaipat.or.th/chaipat/index.html">Chaipattana Foundation</a>, was a keynote speaker on &lsquo;Monarchy and Buddhism&rsquo; in a workshop of the Project of Reconciliation for National Security and Buddhism at Buddhamonthon, Nakhon Pathom, speaking to an audience of 50 monks and 150 people.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>
<p><span class="Apple-style-span">On May 29, veteran award-winning writer Wat Wallayangkur, speaking in a public forum on poetry and freedom held at the Oct 14 Memorial, said that he had been informally asked to resign from the Nai Intr Award Committee after many years of doing the job.</span></p>