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Prachatai

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20 November 2019

Victory for transgender students at Thailand's Chulalongkorn University

Prior to this development, Chulalongkorn University had no official protocol for transgender students wishing to dress according to their gender identity.

13 November 2019

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong responds to Thai Army Chief

Joshua Wong gives updates on the Hong Kong protest and addresses allegations by Gen Apirat Kongsompong, Thai Royal Army Chief.

21 October 2019

First Thai female Theravada monk named one of BBC’s 100 most influential women

Dhammananda’s efforts to re-establish the Theravada bhikkhuni (female monastic) lineage in Thailand have been met with resistance from both the laity and monks who are against ordaining women.

10 October 2019

Thai Twitter users face threats over comments on royal motorcade

Advox

The hashtag #royalmotorcade trended in Thailand after netizens reported traffic problems caused by a royal motorcade.

28 July 2019

Thai folk singer and activist Tom Dundee released after five years in prison for insulting monarchy

"Democracy must be created from the people, mustn’t it? Democracy cannot come from only one person."

1 March 2019

Chiang Mai, Thailand celebrates its first LGBT Pride in a decade

"We stand for the right to be safe from violence. We stand for the right to raise our quality of life and reflect on the history of our community."

23 December 2017

Thailand's Military Junta Wants to Promote Nationalism With a Soap Opera Called ‘Love Missions’

"It’s delusional to think this is enough to alleviate the people’s sorrow and disappointment with the military in the real world."

21 July 2017

Thai Academics to Be Summoned by Military for Raising ‘Anti-Junta Placards’ at an International Conference

The Thai Academic Network for Civil Rights reminded authorities that the country's constitution does not forbid people from holding up placards.

20 December 2016

Lives Without Dignity in Thailand’s Female Prisons

"Prisons in Thailand still fail to recognize the basic rights of female prisoners, depriving women of essential health services and goods from sanitary pads to bras."

4 September 2016

Hijab-Wearing Football Club in Thailand's Deep South Is a Space for Diversity

"By starting a football club and encouraging women to join, we are saying to Patani society that women can do the same things men do."

1 August 2016

‘This Is a 99.99 Percent Democracy’ and Other Orwellian Newspeak by Thailand's Junta

"The closer to the August referendum, the more intense intimidation gets."

9 April 2016

Thai Army's ‘Attitude Adjustment’ Camp Helps Critics to Be Healthy and Obedient

Instead of receiving certificates, graduates of 'attitude-adjustment' sessions will sign MOUs stating they will cease all activities against the government.

25 January 2016

Meet the Thai Facebook User Sentenced to 60 Years in Prison for Insulting the Monarchy

Advox

"It made me question why Thailand is still so poor, and why the poor in Thailand are so repressed.”

14 December 2015

Thai Worker Arrested for Mocking the King’s Dog on Facebook

Advox

Authorities will also file sedition charges against the Facebook user for 'liking' and 'sharing' an infographic which explains a corruption scandal involving the military.

2 December 2015

Thai Printers Scrub Front-Page Article From The International New York Times

"The article in this space was removed by our printer in Thailand. The International New York Times and its editorial staff had no role in its removal."

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

Advox

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

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.