Human rights

Thailand: Proposed initiatives to combat ‘fake news’ undermine freedom of expression

Proposed government initiatives to address ‘fake news’ would further curtail digital rights and freedom of expression in Thailand, said ARTICLE 19. In recent weeks, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) has disclosed plans, including new regulations under the Computer Crimes Act, that would ...

Covid-19 Vaccine as Human Rights Due Diligence

The Bangkok Business and Human Rights Week is fast approaching amidst the Covid-19 public health crisis that is strongly related to violations of human rights. In the current global health crisis, the rapid development of Covid-19 vaccines has been an unprecedented scientific achievement. Yet most OECD ...

UNHCR: No one ever chooses to become a refugee

Refugees, people fleeing air strikes by the Myanmar military, and those who are at risk of political persecution, have been the focus of attention in the months since the Feb 1 coup.This is particularly so in Thailand, which shares a border of over 2,400 kilometres ...

Karen activists lash out at singer’s defence of former park chief

Activists fighting for the rights of the Karen ethnic group took aim at a popular singer Thursday for taking the side of a former park official who has been implicated in burning down a local village and charged with the murder of a community campaigner.“How ...

Rights group condemns violence at protests

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has voiced growing concern over recent violent confrontations between the police and anti-government protesters.The Commission on Tuesday urged all sides to respect human rights and ensure proper treatment of underage people in the judicial process. The statement referred to the ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Govt must listen to pro-democracy protesters, survey says

A recent Suan Dusit opinion poll on living “amidst anti-government protests” revealed that most people believe the government and pro-democracy protesters should accept one another.The survey, conducted between March 1 and 5, involved 1,147 respondents who have an interest in politics.Keep reading ...

The Nation Reporter

Thailand ranked ‘Not Free’ in 2021 World Freedom ranking

In Freedom House’s 2021 global freedom analysis, Thailand scores 30 out of 100, 2 points less than last year, due to a poor performance in many aspects of political rights and civil liberties. This has brought down the country’s status from ‘Partly Free’ to ‘Not ...

How COVID-19 Is Straining Human Rights in Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines

Stay-home orders in the Philippines didn’t work for lower-class people who rely on short term jobs for family income. They went out in 2020 despite the pandemic and despite the rules. Eventually tens of thousands were arrested and jailed in conditions that raise their risk ...

Tensions Mount As Bangkok Braces For Major Rally

Tensions are rising around Thailand’s pro-democracy protests, with police shooting six people last week and using tear gas and water cannon on the streets of Bangkok.As the Thai capital braces for the next major rally on Wednesday, let’s take a look at the forces in ...

Eighteen hurt in Thailand's most violent protests since movement began

Thai police fired water cannon and teargas at protesters marching on parliament on Tuesday, and at least 18 people were hurt in the most violent confrontation since a youth-led protest movement emerged in July.The protests have become the biggest challenge to Thailand’s establishment in years.Keep ...

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