Outcry against Natural Fruit case grows as labor activist’s Thailand trial looms

By Mon, Sep 01, 2014 2:16PM UTC Andy Hall faces questions at a police station in Bangna, Bangkok last year. Image courtesy of Andy Hall.

The international outcry demanding that charges against activist Andy Hall be dropped are increasing ahead of his trials. Hall faces trials for criminal defamation and charges under the Computer Crimes Act. The defamation trial begins Sept. 2. Thai company Natural Fruit is suing Hall after he went public with his findings after researching the conditions and treatment of migrant workers in Natural Fruit’s factory. Representatives of the Finnish and British embassies are expected to attend the trial.

7 observations about Thailand’s new, junta-picked cabinet

By Mon, Sep 01, 2014 6:45AM UTC National Council for Peace and Order Chairman Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha talks to members of the National Legislative Assembly at the Parliament in Bangkok, Thailand Monday. Pic: AP.

One hundred days after Thailand’s military launched a coup and toppled the elected government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, the establishment of an interim constitution, a so-called “National Legislative Assembly” (NLA) and its appointment of army chief and Thai junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha as prime minister, Thailand now has

Can the ice bucket challenge raise global water shortage awareness?

By Fri, Aug 29, 2014 6:00PM UTC Red Bull team members dump two buckets of ice water on Red Bull Technical Chief Adrian Newey, left, and Team Chief Christian Horner, to complete the ice bucket challenge. Pic: AP.

The ice bucket challenge phenomenon is a great example of raising awareness and funds for a good cause. Let’s use that platform to face up to another global, life threatening problem – water scarcity.

Thai army sues human rights activist over torture claim

By Fri, Aug 29, 2014 10:05AM UTC Thai army sues human rights activist over torture claim

The Association for the Prevention of Torture has the following blurb on Pornpen Khongkachonkiet: Despite growing intimidation from authorities, Pornpen Khongkachonkiet, Director of the Cross Cultural Foundation, continues to assist marginalised communities, especially torture victims and their families in Southern Thailand, to access justice. She also supports the communities’ efforts to

Thai court dismisses murder charges against Abhisit and Suthep

By Fri, Aug 29, 2014 7:00AM UTC Former Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, right, pictured with former Deputy Premier Suthep Thaugsuban in 2010. Pic: AP.

Thailand’s Criminal Court has dismissed murder charges against former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his then-Deputy pPM Suthep Thuagsuban for their roles in the violent crackdown on anti-government protesters in 2010.

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