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By Prachatai |
<p>Members of civil society organizations from across the country marched on the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security on 24 March to protest against the new non-profit organization bill, concerned that it would be used to restrict freedom of association in Thailand.</p>
<p>A Draft Act on the Operations of Not-for-Profit Organisations was approved in principle by the cabinet.&nbsp;</p>
By International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) |
<p>On 29 July, the ICJ urged the Thai authorities to refrain from adopting so-called additional principles to the &ldquo;Draft Act on the Operation of Not-for-Profit Organizations&rdquo; (&lsquo;Draft NPO Act&rsquo;) as they are contrary to Thailand&rsquo;s obligations under international human rights law.</p>
By Yiamyut Sutthichaya |
<p>A new Draft Act on Operations of Not-for-profit Organizations is raising huge concerns among civil society a due to its extensive powers of surveillance and control of the finances of a wide range of associations. The broad scope of this law threatens almost any kind of association in Thailand.</p>
<p>On 24 Dec, Phairoj Pholphet, Chair of the NGO Coordinating Committee, led a group of NGO workers and members of people&rsquo;s organizations petitioned the Director-General of the Department of Special Investigation to adopt the case of the shooting of an NGO worker in Songkhla.</p>