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  • Red shirt activist accuses Thai military of ‘torture’ during detainment

    By Aug 04, 2014

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    Thai red shirt activist Kritsuda Khunasem during on YouTube interview, in which she accuses the Thai military junta of torture during her detainment in June 2014. (Screenshot: YouTube)

    A young Thai activist for the red shirt movement, who was detained by the military junta shortly after the coup under suspicious circumstances and released after much public attention about her whereabouts, has accused that she was physically assaulted and mentally abused during her detention.

  • Infographic: Thailand’s junta-appointed National Legislative Assembly

    By Aug 01, 2014

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    Infographic: Thailand’s junta-appointed National Legislative Assembly

    On Thursday evening, Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej officially endorsed the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), whose 200 members are all appointed by the military junta. A clear majority is dominated by active and retired military officers, while the rest consists of businesspeople, academics, technocrats and former senators. Former politicians of recent governments are barred from eligibility as

  • A first look at Thailand’s new interim constitution

    By Jul 23, 2014

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    Thai junta leader and army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha (left) receives the royally-endorsed interim constitution from HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej Tuesday evening. (Pic: Khaosod English/Facebook)

    Two months after Thailand’s military has staged a coup on May 22, 2014, the country has now adopted a new interim constitution. Army chief and junta leader General Prayuth Chan-Ocha was granted an audience with King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Tuesday in order to seek His Majesty’s endorsement of the country’s 19th constitution.

  • Thai military junta tightens grip on media, issues gag order (UPDATE)

    By Jul 21, 2014

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    This photo taken off the TV screen shows the blue screen with military crests that replaced all TV programming in Thailand last month. Pic: AP.

    Thailand’s military government has further tightened its grip on the country’s media by banning criticism of the junta, threatening to shut down the offending media outlet and legal consequences. The edict came at a time when probably not many were listening. On Friday night, shortly after the weekly, self-adulating TV address by army chief and

  • Thailand: Former PM Yingluck to face charges over rice scheme

    By Jul 17, 2014

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    Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Pic: AP.

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s military government has given permission for former premier Yingluck Shinawatra to travel overseas for the first time since they overthrew her government.

  • In Thailand, collective responsibility is the best tribute to rape victims

    By Jul 14, 2014

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    State Railway of Thailand Governor Prapas Chongsa-nguan, 2nd right, attends the funeral rite for 13-year old victim of the raped and killed on an overnight train to Bangkok. Pic: AP

    The brutal rape and killing of a 13-year-old schoolgirl on the Surat Thani-Bangkok overnight train shook Thai society to its core. Nong Kaem (not her real name) was on her first train ride on Sunday, July 6th, and was reported missing from a sleeper car by her sisters, who also on the train. Nong Kaem’s naked body was found near the train tracks in the morning of Tuesday, July 8th.

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