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  • April 9, 2015

    Blackmail and abuse: Gay sex ban in India stirs violence

    ...(Bt7,900)... Even though society has not fully accepted us, the law was there to protect us. But now we are scared." Rajan is one of thousands of people from India's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community (LGBT) who have faced persecution after the world's largest democracy in December 2013 reinstated...

    Opinion
  • April 2, 2015

    Noppadon withdraws libel case against Sondhi

    Defendant Sondhi, who was a leader of the People's Alliance for Democracy during its rallies against the Thaksin camp, told the court he did not object to the withdrawal of the suit. The court then dismissed the case under Article 39 (2) of the criminal procedure code that stipulates criminal suits, which are offences against...

    Politics
  • March 30, 2015

    Revealing the truth is still a vital part of achieving reconciliation, groups say

    ... attempting to promote reconciliation via the new charter, political stakeholders have voiced serious doubts about the independent body being set up for that purpose. Some said revealing truth to the public would be of equal importance in achieving that goal. The Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC...

    Politics
  • March 30, 2015

    'Absolute power' move could haunt Prayut: NHRC

    ... to revoke martial law but Prayut's decision to replace it with Article 44 has led to much criticism. Prayut also heads the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). The so-called "absolute power" article states: "In cases where the head of the NCPO is of the opinion that it is necessary for the...

    Politics
  • March 27, 2015

    Army urged to do its duty, avoid interference

    ... the army to control and interfere in politics, administration of Myanmar and the economy. Among those delivering speeches were National League for Democracy patron Tin Oo, Aye Thar Aung from the United Nationalities Alliance and Hla Shwe, a former student leader in the 1962 student movement. Veteran singer Mar Mar...

    Aec
  • March 19, 2015

    Political prisoners can be released right away: Paiboon

    ... Council's committee on studies of national reconciliation. He pointed out that there are close to 1,000 members of the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship who are either facing charges or are behind bars. At least 100 members of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) are also in the...

    Politics
  • March 11, 2015

    Another suspect held over Criminal Court blast

    ... violation of the Firearms and Ammunition Act and the Arms Control Act. They were accused of having gathered in February in Khon Kaen to set up a "people's alliance for democracy". The group allegedly aimed to follow websites with lese majeste content and pass on such information while also producing collagen drinks and soap...

    Politics
  • March 8, 2015

    Middle East 'festering'

    The ultimate goal is for every person to have a fair and equal vote regardless of their ethnicity, religious affiliation and sexual orientation. Until the struggle to promote justice and liberation for one and all is globally recognised and advocated as a step forward, the marginalised, passively oppressed...

    Opinion
  • February 25, 2015

    Most judges picked for Yingluck case also hearing other Thaksin camp cases

    .... The panel voted 9:0 to disband the party, but Thanit was one of the minority opposing the then junta's order to ban Thai Rak Thai executives for five years. Thanit was also a member of the judges' panel that ruled to confiscate Bt46 billion of Thaksin's assets, for benefiting from corrupt dealings while...

    Politics
  • February 20, 2015

    Reconciliation body 'will succeed where others have failed'

    ... to wait until the draft passes the CDC's examination [before acting on it]. Of the 14 members of this reconciliation committee, nine should be people who are neutral, highly respected and experienced and who understand the causes of conflict. Those nine members will select another five people from the conflicting...

    Politics