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Re-drawing the invisible line: Lèse majesté cases pile under Thailand’s junta

Re-drawing the invisible line: Lèse majesté cases pile under Thailand’s junta

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 6:17AM UTC Comments Off Re-drawing the invisible line: Lèse majesté cases pile under Thailand’s junta

Since the military coup, the number of lèse majesté cases has been rising in Thailand as the chances of the accused grow even slimmer under the junta’s rule. The trial was about to start when everybody except the defendants and their lawyers were asked to leave the room. Despite negotiations by observers and in the...

Thailand: Breaking the silence

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 10:36AM UTC Comments Off A Thai anti-government protester raise his hand under giant  national flag during a mass rally in Bangkok, Thailand in March. Pic: AP.

In the wake of the coup in Thailand, a calm has descended over the country, with little visible dissent or opposition. But will this silence last, or is it just the calm before the storm?...

Body of Korean tourist found after Thai boat crash

By Tue, Oct 21, 2014 7:15PM UTC Comments Off Thai rescue workers  move an injured tourist to hospital  after a boat accident in Phuket. Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — The body of a South Korean woman who went missing when a tourist boat collided with a fishing vessel in southern Thailand has been found. A South Korean man is still missing....

Not saving Thailand’s face: the backlash of police corruption in tourist murders

By Tue, Oct 21, 2014 11:16AM UTC Comments Off The Burmese workers accused of committing the Koh Tao murders at a press conference earlier this month. Pic: AP.

The Koh Tao murders, and the resulting international scrutiny, have left Thailand in an uncomfortable position and forced the country to confront its troubled history with law enforcement and justice. ...

Human rights institutions in Southeast Asia: Are the “paper tigers” coming to life?

By Tue, Oct 21, 2014 11:15AM UTC Comments Off Cambodian and Thai villagers presenting their case at SUHAKAM. Pic: EarthRights International.

National human rights institutions in Southeast Asia have often been described as “paper tigers” or “toothless agencies” -- accused of sitting idle in the face of serious human rights concerns -- but there is some cause to believe that may be changing...

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