Thailand

Thai Junta Turns Law Enforcement Over to Soldiers

Thailand’s junta – the National Council for Peace and Order – has pushed through a new directive that essentially puts army second lieutenants in charge of the entire criminal and civil code, giving them th...

‘Crooks vs Crooks’ Under Thai Military

As Thailand’s current coup interregnum drones on, with the country in the clutches of a rapacious and restrictive military dictatorship, tensions are rising between Prawit Wongsuwan, the 70-year-old deputy prim...

Thaksin Rolls Dice in Bid to Check Thai Military

The sudden reemergence of Thai former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to take on the junta that took over the country in 2014 is an attempt to thwart its secret plan to stay in power for at least a decade...

Thai Junta Threatens Exiled Critic Pavin’s Family

As political tensions have risen in Thailand over what many think is the approaching end of the reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the military has begun attempting to intimidate exiled opponents of the regi...

Cats Fighting Under the Blanket in Thailand

The emergence of the deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra after a long period of silence and self-imposed exile to escape prosecution suggests that events in Thailand are gathering momentum. In a media ...

Opinion: Epidemic of Top Thai Cop ‘Suicides’ Continues

On Feb. 12, a Thai police spokesman announced that a high-ranking official, Lt. Col. Chan Chaisawatra, had committed suicide. We believe he didn’t commit suicide. We believe he was murdered, the latest in a ...

An Open Letter to the President of the United States

My name is Prachuab Charoensuk. I am a naturalized US citizen, born in Thailand. I am one of the founding members and Executive Director in charge of International Affairs Department of RED-USA, a human rights ...

Human Rights Groups Bullied for Detailing Thai Torture

Three Thai human rights groups have jointly released a 120-page report detailing torture by military and paramilitary personnel in the south of the country, only to be accused of fabricating the reports and war...

Thailand’s Missing Activists

At least 82 political activists and others have disappeared in Thailand since 1980 including the respected human rights lawyer Somchai Neelapajit, according to the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, ...

Thailand in 2016: More Crackdowns, More Corruption

On Aug. 7 last year, a Thai military court broke all records both for proportionality and irrationality by sentencing Pongsak Sriboonpeng, 48, to 60 years in prison for posting six messages and pictures deeme...