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Stories about Thailand

Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert freed from Iranian jail in prisoner swap

"It’s far past time for democratic allies — indeed all responsible governments — to work together to end state sponsored hostage taking once and for all, beginning with #Iran"

Rubber ducks in Thai protests inspire solidarity and memes

"The image of Thai authorities, armed to the teeth with riot gear and shields, facing off against…rubber ducks…highlights the sheer asymmetry of the battle between protester and state."

Voices in a Bangkok rally a day after police used water cannon and tear gas against protesters

"I feel that I have to come out to demand my rights. My friends, my younger siblings, or my children in the future should have a better life than this."

From Belarus to Thailand, Hong Kong’s spirit of resistance is nurturing grassroots protests elsewhere

While Hong Kong protests have influenced organisational and protest tactics in anti-authoritarian movements abroad, the current wave of grassroots uprisings, in turn, prompts Hongkongers to develop a transnational solidarity.

Failing to portray protesters as violent, Thai government lifts severe state of emergency

The government failed to portray the protesters as aggressive and violent, causing a political backfire and pressuring authorities to step back.

Thailand's democracy protests reflect rising dissatisfaction over the monarchy

Criticizing the monarchy is a crime in Thailand yet protesters, especially young activists, continue to organize rallies calling for monarchy reforms.

Thai ‘Bad Students’ protest against abuse in schools, call for Education Minister to resign

The protest highlighted the abuses inflicted on students in several Bangkok schools

Thai activists share hopes and wishes during a night camp protest

“Meeting the kids in this generation again, I don’t want them to be 74 and still having to come and sit like this again. I want it to end already.”

Thai protesters submit petition for monarchy reforms, install ‘people’s plaque’

The plaque has this inscription: "People shall know, that this country belongs to the people, not the king as they lied."

What's happening in Thailand? Youth activists rally to protect democracy, freedom of speech

An explainer about the ongoing youth-led protests in Thailand.

‘Khon Kaen has had enough': Pro-democracy activists protest in northeast Thailand

The youth-led protest actions in Thailand are not just happening in the capital Bangkok. Here's a report of a major rally in the country's northeast region.

Student Union of Thailand president arrested over anti-government protest

“Paint can be washed out, but we can’t wash out injustice.”

Youth-led protests in Thailand get support from citizens demanding ‘real democracy’

"It’s time that change needs to happen. Right now, frankly, we’re not here for our own future, but for our child’s future."

From horticulture to Harry Potter cosplay, Thai students find creative ways to protest against repression

Students across Thailand have been organizing protests demanding “an end to the authorities’ harassment of citizens, the drafting of a new constitution, and the dissolution of parliament.”

Human rights defenders and journalists under attack in Southeast Asia

The past two weeks saw several disturbing cases of arrests, convictions, and raids targeting human rights activists and journalists in Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Vietnam.

Moderate globally, impact locally: A series on content moderation in the Global South

''Even as the platforms have grown and spread around the world, the center of gravity of these debates continues to revolve around D.C. and San Francisco.''

Out of work, out of options: Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand scrape by during COVID-19

"Since my workplace was closed, I don’t have much money left, I don’t know where to find work. I live in a construction camp with my 4-year-old son."

Students lead mass protest against dictatorship at Thailand's Democracy Monument

Protesters issued three demands related to democratic reforms and human rights protetion, and gave the government two weeks to respond.

Thailand's ‘youthquake': Activism in the time of COVID-19

Pro-democracy flash mob protests rocked Thailand in January and February. COVID-19 has shifted acts of resistance to cyberspace.

Explore beauty and heritage in the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand while staying at home

Southeast Asian countries have lost millions of visitors but none of their branding know-how.

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