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Stories about Thailand

10 October 2015

Political Cartoons Defy Censorship to Expose Thai-Style ‘Democracy’

A political cartoonist who criticized Thailand's military-backed government has become the latest journalist to be summoned by the army for "attitude-adjustment."

2 October 2015

Thai Netizens Stage ‘Virtual Sit-in’ Against Single Internet Gateway Plan

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"The single benefit is to the government and security agencies. They will be able to secretly wiretap, filter, and censor everything that is sent and received by every Internet user."

12 September 2015

In Northern Thailand, Massage Training Gives Female Prisoners a Second Chance

Every day, a line of customers wait patiently to book massage appointments at the Vocational Training Center. Slots fill up quickly, and many people are told to try again tomorrow.

9 September 2015

Thailand's Military-Backed Government to Stay in Power After Draft Charter's Rejection

"This draft constitution will eventually establish a mechanism which will sustain the power of undemocratic entities over the democratic ones."

24 August 2015

‘Why Does the Thai Government Want to Destroy Krabi With Coal Power Plant?’

The government is proposing to build a coal plant in Krabi to boost local power supply, but it also threatens to destroy a popular tourism destination and protected environment site.

5 July 2015

Here Are 16 Stunning Satellite Images of Southeast Asia

Google Earth opens up the beauty of the Southeast Asian region’s unique and spectacular landscapes.

4 July 2015

Timeline: 14 Activists Detained in Thailand for Protesting Against Junta

The arrest and detention of 14 anti-Junta activists in Thailand has sparked outrage across the country. It also inspired many academics to call for the immediate release of the activists.

20 June 2015

How a Facebook User in Thailand Was Sentenced to 50 Years in Jail for ‘Defaming’ the Monarchy

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"How can they arrest Father? Father didn’t kill anybody; the judgment is excessive."

23 May 2015

Thailand Police Detains Student Protesters During Coup Anniversary

"We cannot build a democratic society if we lack freedom, liberty, rights, justice, and reconciliation."

19 May 2015

Thailand’s Section 44 Could Be Worse Than Martial Law

Thailand is no longer under martial law, but a new security law gave the army broad and 'unlimited' powers in the civilian government.

17 May 2015

Rohingya Boat Refugees Rejected by Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia

"Action on #Rohingya is a real test of character for #ASEAN. Are we compassionate or heartless nations?"

15 May 2015

Global Voices Partners With Thai News Site Prachatai

Prachatai, which means 'free people' in Thai, is an independent online newspaper in Thailand that has defied authorities by making a stand against martial law.

27 April 2015

Southeast Asian Activists Unite in ‘People’s Walk’ Ahead of Regional Leaders’ Summit

More than 1,000 activists and leaders from various civil society organizations across Southeast Asia declared their position on human rights and growing economic inequality.

5 April 2015

Thailand’s New Security Law ‘Annihilates Freedom of Expression’

Global Voices Advocacy

Thailand's military-backed government lifted martial law in the country but signed a new order which gave broad powers to army personnel.

4 April 2015

A Day After Martial Law Was Lifted, Patani Students Arrested in South Thailand

"We hope to see more calling for the freedom of our fellow students."

5 March 2015

Buddhist Villagers Protest Construction of Mosque in Northern Thailand

Thailand is a Buddhist-majority country while Muslims constitute about 5 percent of the population. Some Thais are unhappy with the intolerance demonstrated by the protesters.

12 February 2015

One Simple Infographic to Understand Political Repression in Thailand

Prachatai's infographic lists some of the ordinary activities the authorities have suppressed over the past nine months. The junta's paranoia runs deep.

10 February 2015

Why Are So Many Environmental Activists Being Murdered?

In 2012, the globally reported murder rate approached three per week. Growing violence against environmental activists is leading to a search for solutions.

6 February 2015

Thai Junta Gives ‘Attitude Adjustments’ to Those Who Dare Step Out of Line

The Thai junta is summoning individuals whom they perceive as dissenters or those requiring an “attitude adjustment” for having different views. Three recent cases highlight this worrying trend.

3 February 2015

Thailand’s Digital Economy Bills Could Worsen Media Repression

Global Voices Advocacy

Some civil society organizations are calling the draft digital economy bills “national security bills in disguise” because of their repressive provisions.

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