Human rights

Civil and political 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Govt struggles with 'tech-savvy' protesters

The government is struggling to deal with tech-savvy youth-led demonstrators who make the most use of information and communication technologies and social media platforms as a major tool in their anti-government campaign, academics and former protest leaders said.They also raised concern about possible confrontations between ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Thai PM backs down on protest ban, protesters say he must go

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha backed down on Wednesday over emergency measures he imposed last week to stop three months of protests, but demonstrators said it was not enough and demanded he resign within three days.Keep reading ...

Police fire water cannon at pro-democracy protesters in Bangkok

Police in full riot gear have used water cannons to crackdown on thousands of protesters gathering at the Pathumwan Intersection, defying the ban on mass gatherings imposed during the severe state of emergency.The protest, which was scheduled to begin at 17.00 on 16 October, was ...

Bangkok under emergency law for 1 month

The declaration of a “serious” state of emergency in Bangkok was approved on Friday at a special Cabinet meeting.Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the government intends to enforce emergency rule for 30 days from October 15.The emergency was announced on Thursday to control escalating pro-democracy ...

The Nation Reporter

Thailand Protesters Defy State of Emergency With Massive Anti-Government Rally

Thousands of demonstrators have defied a state of emergency the Thai prime minister declared in response to massive protests demanding his resignation and reform of the country’s constitutional monarchy.Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha signed the decree late Wednesday night after tens of thousands of protesters marched ...

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