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<div>In an attempt to censor voices against the draft constitution, the junta threatened the Pheu Thai Party after it issued a statement denouncing the draft constitution as undemocratic.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On Wednesday, 30 March 2016, the Pheu Thai Party issued a statement condemning the final draft of the constitution and urging people to turn it down in the referendum, scheduled in August.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In response to Pheu Thai’s move, Col Piyapong Klinphan, a spokesperson for the junta, said the junta thanks Pheu Thai for having a clear stance on the draft, but t </div>
<p>Military officers cited absolute power to abduct a Pheu Thai party politician and reportedly threatened to arrest his family.</p> <p><a href="http://www.matichon.co.th/news/85651">Matichon Online</a>&nbsp;reported that on Sunday, 27 March 2016, Watana Muangsook, a key leader of the Pheu Thai party, sent a message via the Line chat application to a reporter at 6:08 pm, saying that military officers in two military vehicles visited his house in Bangkok while he was not at home.</p>
<p>The Thai military have informed a former politician from the Pheu Thai party that he will be taken in for an attitude adjustment session over remarks against the junta leader. &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.matichon.co.th/news/83397">Matichon Online&nbsp;</a>reported on Friday, 25 March 2016, that Worachai Hema, former Member of Parliament for Samut Prakan Province from the Pheu Thai Party, told media that military officers had informed him that they will take him for a so-called attitude adjustment session.</p>
<p dir="ltr">Military officers intimidated a politician from Pheu Thai Party, warning him over his criticisms towards the junta, while on the same day, visiting an anti-establishment red shirt campaigning against the controversial draft charter. &nbsp;</p>
<p>Military officers have taken a Pheu Thai Party politician to an army base after he criticised Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defence and deputy junta leader.</p> <p>According to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.matichon.co.th/news/55548">Matichon Online</a>, at 10 am on Wednesday, 2 March 2016, 10 military officers visited the house of Watana Muangsook, former Minister of Social Development and Human Security of the Pheu Thai Party, and took him to the 11th Military Circle on Rama V Rd., Bangkok.</p>
<p>The Pheu Thai Party says that the Constitutional Court should not have the authority to rule on political deadlocks because it is ‘undemocratic’.</p> <p>According to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.matichon.co.th/news/4261">Matichon Online</a>, Phumtham Vejchayachai, Acting Secretary General of the Pheu Thai Party, on Sunday 17 January 2016, criticised the content of the new draft constitution on the authority of the Constitutional Court.</p>
<p>The Governor of Roi Et Province in Isan, the northeast, has barred civil servants and village chiefs from distributing Pheu Thai Party calendar with images of Yingluck and Thaksin Shinnawatra, the two ex-Prime Ministers, while the Thai junta said it is up to the Governor what to do.</p>
<p>The Supreme Court has once again prohibited Yingluck Shinawatra, the former elected Prime Minister from the Pheu Thai Party, from travelling abroad.</p> <p>According&nbsp;<a href="http://news.voicetv.co.th/thailand/299601.html">Voice TV</a>, the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions has denied a request from Yingluck Shinawatra to travel Japan with Supasek Amornchat, her teenage son, between 15 and 25 December 2015 during his school break.</p>
<p>The Thai military summoned a former politician in Isan, Thailand’s Northeast, for an ‘attitude adjustment’ session after he complained about falling rice prices. &nbsp;</p> <p>According to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.matichon.co.th/news_detail.php?newsid=1450077613">Matichon Online</a>, on Monday, 14 December 2015, Maj Gen Achichat Rojanapirom, commander of the 22nd Army Division in Warin Chamrap District of the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani, summoned Somkid Cheukong, a former Member of Parliament for the Pheu Thai Party for a brief ‘attitude adjustment’ session.</p>
<p>The Thai military have summoned a Pheu Thai Party member for a talk after he criticised the military’s Royal Park corruption scandal.</p>
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<p><a href="http://hrw.pr-optout.com/Tracking.aspx?Data=HHL%3d8%2c93%3b9-%3eLCE593719%26SDG%3c90%3a.&amp;RE=MC&amp;RI=4432086&amp;Preview=False&amp;DistributionActionID=85046&amp;Action=Follow+Link">Thailand</a>’s junta should immediately disclose the whereabouts of a former government minister whom the military detained on September 9, 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. Pichai Naripthaphan, who was energy minister from 2011 to 2012, is being held in incommunicado detention.<br /></p>
<p>The Thai junta has summoned one Pheu Thai politician after another, saying that they are sabotaging the regime with false and biased comments.</p> <p>According to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.matichon.co.th/news_detail.php?newsid=1441876340">Matichon Online</a>, the military on Thursday, 10 September 2015, summoned Karun Hosakul, a former Member of Parliament of the Pheu Thai Party, to the 11th Army Division headquarters.</p> <p>Matichon reported that Pimchana Hosakul, the politician’s wife, was not informed about the military summons.</p>