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By Prachatai |
After the first round of the Senate election concluded, the Election Commission (EC) has come under criticism for lacking clear and uniform standards in the election process.
The Election Commission of Thailand (ECT)’s regulations preventing senate candidates from publicly introducing themselves has led to lawsuits and concerns that it would limit public participation in the election.
By Atitaya Phoemphon |
Established under the National Child and Youth Development Promotion Act of 2007, Children and Youth Councils let local authorities budget and make development plans for young people around the country. However, as council activities have mostly been determined by adults and state authorities, they have yet to receive much interest from their target stakeholders, Thai youth.
By Amnesty International |
<p>Amnesty International raised concerns that the new NGO bill could be used to control civil society groups and called on the Thai government to withdraw the bill.&nbsp;</p>
By Protection International |
<p>People from various Songkhla fishing communities are&nbsp;demanding the authorities to halt a series of public hearings of a mega project that would turn over 16,000 rai of seaside land into an industrial zone. Meanwhile, Kaireeya Ramanyah, a young human right defenders and the Chana Rak Thin Network&#39;s youth representative, has been sitting in front of the Songkhla provincial hall since yesterday morning (12 May)&nbsp;and said that she will not leave until they get answers.&nbsp;</p>
<div> <div>The Northern People’s Reform Committee of Thailand and other northern civil society organizations urged the junta to lift martial law to guarantee that people could truly participate in the national reform process.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>About a hundred representatives from the Northern People’s Reform Committee of Thailand together with 33 civil society organizations based in Thailand’s North gathered in central Chiang Mai on Friday morning to discuss the new constitution and the junta’s reform plans.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the meeting, the group pointed out that under ma </div></div>
<p>Jon Ungphakorn, social activist and founder of Prachatai, has launched iLaw (<a href="http://ilaw.or.th/">http://ilaw.or.th</a>) to enable people to propose and amend laws through the process of collecting 10,000 signatures to Parliament under Sections 142 and 193 of the 2007 Constitution.</p>