Surrogacy: Human right or reproductive exploitation?

By Fri, Oct 31, 2014 9:32AM UTC Pic: Asia Sentinel.

What used to be a costly, sci-fi solution to childlessness has emerged as an everyday story. But as the procedure becomes more common, so do cross-border legal and ethical problems, as highlighted by a case after a Thai surrogate mother bore twins: The Australian parents took the healthy child and left the one with Down syndrome behind.

Thailand’s post-coup ‘reform’ process: Only a few ‘good’ men at the helm

By Thu, Oct 30, 2014 9:55AM UTC A Thai soldier stands guard in front of the Democracy Monument in Bangkok after the military seized power on May 22. Pic: AP.

The “reform” plans by Thailand’s military government continue to take shape. After the establishment of the so-called National Reform Council, a Constitutional Drafting Committee will be created soon. But developments in both groups suggest again that any attempts to revamp the political system will be a very exclusive, one-sided affair.

One charge down, several more to go for rights worker Andy Hall

By Wed, Oct 29, 2014 2:04PM UTC One charge down, several more to go for rights worker Andy Hall

Thailand’s Prakanong Court dismissed a defamation charge against British human rights activist Andy Hall due to unlawful interrogation practice. Hall has been embroiled in a long legal fight with the Natural Fruit Company, which sued him after he publicized migrant worker abuses occurring at the Natural Fruit factory. This specific charge related to an interview Hall gave to Al Jazeera, in which he discussed Natural Fruit’s alleged abuses.

On ethical media coverage in Thailand, and lack thereof

By Wed, Oct 29, 2014 9:41AM UTC Pic: AP.

Yesterday four of Thailand’s media organizations: The News Broadcasting Council of Thailand, The National Press Council of Thailand, Thai Broadcast Journalists Association and the Thai Journalists Associations, signed a statement to express their concerns concerning how some parts of the Thai media have covered the recent murder case in Koh Tao.

Thai students indicted in anti-monarchy case

By Tue, Oct 28, 2014 6:05PM UTC Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — A lawyer says prosecutors have charged two Thai university students with defaming the country’s monarchy in a stage performance.
Lawyer Pawinee Chumsri says the students were charged with lese majeste, which mandates a prison term of up to 15 years for anyone insulting Thailand’s monarchy.

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