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A Thai soldier stands guard in front of the Democracy Monument in Bangkok after the military seized power on May 22. Pic: AP.

Thailand’s junta adopts interim constitution

By Tue, Jul 22, 2014 10:57PM UTC Comments Off A Thai soldier stands guard in front of the Democracy Monument in Bangkok after the military seized power on May 22. Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand has adopted a temporary constitution as the country makes its first step toward the slow return of electoral democracy after two months of military rule. The 48-article charter was announced Tuesday night after its posting on the website of the Royal Gazette, where new laws must be published. Its enactment is...

Thailand introduces tough new overstay rules

By Tue, Jul 22, 2014 12:27PM UTC Comments Off Pic: Shutterstock.

Thailand’s immigration crackdown continued today with authorities confirming that tough new rules on foreigners overstaying their visa or entry permit have now been put in place. ...

‘I’d never run’: Labor activist won’t flee Thailand defamation charges

By Mon, Jul 21, 2014 12:46PM UTC Comments Off Andy Hall faces questions at a police station in Bangna, Bangkok last year. Image courtesy of Andy Hall.

Activist Andy Hall is a man of principle. He’ll tell you that himself, especially when questioned about the mounting legal woes facing him in Thailand....

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

By Mon, Jul 21, 2014 10:30AM UTC Comments Off 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...

Thai junta’s gag on media raises alarm, criticism

By Sun, Jul 20, 2014 3:20PM UTC Comments Off Thai junta’s gag on media raises alarm, criticism

BANGKOK (AP) — Critics and journalists have raised concerns about the Thai military government's latest move to tighten its grip on the media by banning them from criticizing the junta's operations. ...

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