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  • July 30, 2015

    US trafficking report: When doing the right thing just ain't enough

    ... Department's 2015 Report on Trafficking in Persons (TIP) did not come from the government of Thailand. It came from Melysa Sperber, director of the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking. "I would say that this year had the biggest cases where politics seem to have gotten involved," commented David Abramowitz...

  • July 29, 2015

    Consequences of the Kokang crisis for peace, democracy in Myanmar

    ... in the Kokang region and attacked government and army positions after an interval of nearly six years. Pheung Kya-shin's Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), a former ceasefire group and government ally, was ousted from the Kokang region in 2009 by a rival Kokang leader with the help of the Tatmadaw...

  • July 20, 2015

    New assembly law 'will hinder but not stop dedicated protests'

    ... which read "Who killed the Andaman [Sea] " on both sides of the pavement. They were members of the "Save the Andaman from Coal Network" group. For three years, the group has been urging successive governments to drop plans to build a coal-fired power plant and a seaport in Krabi province as well as...

  • July 20, 2015

    Airport seize case postponed to 2016

    The decision followed public prosecutorsāš‚ statement today that evidence was not ready due to the vast quantity. The next date is set at February 1. Ninety two defendants including Chamlong Srimuang and Sondhi Limthongkul were present at the court. They face charges in connection with their protests...

  • July 15, 2015

    Charities facing crackdown by govts around the world

    ... many sleepless nights over the past year worrying about the future of her organisation. The Indian government labelled the group "anti-national" for its campaigns against coal mining, genetically modified crops and nuclear power, and blocked its bank accounts, deported foreign workers and stopped Indian...

  • July 8, 2015

    NRC reconciliation report fails to win broad approval

    ... committee with mixed reactions. The report was completed on Friday. It was submitted to NRC chairman Thienchay Kiranandana on Monday for deliberation before being forwarded to the government. The report suggested six key measures for reconciliation including amnesties. It suggested amnesty for all except...

  • July 2, 2015

    Activists sing for their son, outside jail

    Pai was among the 14 being detained for violating the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) ban on political gatherings of five or more persons and for allegedly committing sedition by calling for the ouster of the military regime of Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha. Wiboon and Prim Boonpatararaksa...

  • June 30, 2015

    Court verdicts put a high price on political protests

    The case concerns the yellow shirts, or the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) protesters, who occupied Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports in late 2008 to oust the Thaksin camp from government. Airports of Thailand took the group to court and the lower and Appeals courts ruled that the 13 accused should pay up to Bt600...

  • June 29, 2015

    'AOT can ask court to order PAD to pay'

    AIRPORTS of Thailand (AOT) can ask the court to order the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) to pay damages for its illegal occupation of two Bangkok airports in 2008, according to Jesada Anucharee, a lawyer at the Lawyers Council of Thailand. If the court verdict against the PAD becomes final, the company could officially...

  • June 28, 2015

    Bt20 million worth of valuables stolen from former PAD leader

    Praphan filed a complaint with the Khannayao police station that his safe box with several valuables, including expensive watches and Buddha amulets, and gold and jewellery ornaments in his wife's bedroom were stolen.