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Move Forward Party proposes new bill to protect indigenous culture

MPs from the Move Forward Party (MFP) have proposed a new bill to protect indigenous rights and cultures.The proposal was filed with the House Speaker on Wednesday (9 June) by five MPs from MFP, including Nattapon Suebsakwong and Manop Keereepuwadol, who are from the indigenous ...

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 ...

Indigenous Karen villagers arrested after returning to ancestral land

87 members of the Bang Kloi indigenous Karen community, who travelled back to the location of their former village in the Kaeng Krachan forest, have been forcibly taken out of the forest and arrested by park officials, police, and military officers.The community members were taken ...

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 ...

Cabinet approves 191 million for crowd control

Matichon Online reported on 26 January that the Cabinet approved 191 million baht for Royal Thai Police crowd control operations, information that was not revealed in the Cabinet minutes. The police chief said in a press conference that it was the cost of crowd control ...

Thai parliament passes new abortion bill

The Thai parliament on Wednesday (20 January) passed a new bill allowing abortion up to the 12th week of pregnancy.But the bill does not decriminalize abortion, as abortion after the 12th week of pregnancy still carries a prison sentence of up to 6 months or ...

Protest at Social Development Ministry voice concerns about disability rights

A protest took place in front of the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security (MSDHS) on Thursday (10 December), which addressed issues of the rights of people with disabilities, including the right to receive state welfare.Banpot Chaiyala, a disability rights activist and leader of ...

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 ...

LGBT activists call for democracy and gender equality

LGBT activists held a demonstration on Saturday (25 July) at the Democracy Monument in the name of gender equality, LGBT rights, and democracy, as well as calling the government out for their failure in handling the Covid-19 pandemic and demanding the dissolution of parliament.The event ...

Thais question government’s online learning experiment

On 18 May, the Ministry of Education launched a large-scale online learning experiment to be put into full use in the upcoming semester, but Thais have questioned the quality of an English course and problems of equal access, as 10% of students nationwide still rely ...

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