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Rohingya migrants sit on a police van in southern Thailand. Pic: AP.

Thai navy sues journalists after reports on Rohingya trafficking

By Thu, Dec 19, 2013 10:15AM UTC Comments Off Rohingya migrants sit on a police van in southern Thailand. Pic: AP.

The Royal Thai Navy has filed defamation charges against international journalists for their reports on authorities being involved in human trafficking of ethnic Rohingya refugees. The move sends a chilling reminder to the media about the dismal state of press freedom in Thailand, the easy exploitation of flawed laws and how little outside inquiry Thailand's military tolerates....

Thailand fails to find closure on Bangkok massacre

By Fri, Aug 16, 2013 11:30AM UTC 3 Comments Pic: AP.

Over three years after the deadly military crackdown on the anti-government red shirt protests, battling narratives on what happened that day are still defining the current political climate – even more so with the debate on the government-sponsored amnesty bills and the release of an official inquiry report that fundamentally contradicts with recent court rulings. On...

UK GT200 distributor found guilty of fraud – but what about Thailand?

By Mon, Jul 29, 2013 10:30AM UTC 2 Comments UK GT200 distributor found guilty of fraud – but what about Thailand?

A British businessman has been convicted for selling the bogus GT200 bomb detector. Gary Bolton, the former director of Global Technology Ltd, was found guilty of fraud by the UK’s Central Criminal Court on two counts on Friday. The prosecution said he sold them for up to £10,000 [$15,300] each, claiming they could detect explosives. The...

Thailand: Reconciliation games continue as amnesty bill goes to parliament

By Fri, Jul 26, 2013 10:30AM UTC Comments Off Former Thailand Prime Ministers Thaksin Shinawatra and Abhisit Vejjajiva. Pics: AP.

When Thailand’s parliament reconvenes next week to continue the political season one of the most discussed and possibly the most controversial issue will be the passing of the so-called amnesty or reconciliation bill. Advertised as a means to overcome the ongoing political division by giving far-reaching amnesty to those convicted for taking part in the...

Will Burma’s soldiers return to barracks?

By Mon, Jun 24, 2013 7:31AM UTC Comments Off Myanmar soldiers march during ceremonies Saturday, March 27, 2010, marking the 65th anniversary Armed Forces Day in Naypitaw, Myanmar. The day remembers Myanmar's struggle against occupying Japanese Army during World War II. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

Civil-military relations and constitutional reform in a changing society writes Melissa Crouch, East Asia Forum for Asia Sentinel The rule of law and the constitution matter. This is evident in Burma/Myanmar, where current steps towards constitutional amendment have the potential to determine the future direction of the country’s transition process. A key issue is whether...

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