Thailand

Silencing by means of “superstition”

The most interesting – and yet most disturbing – thing about the latest Thai craze for Kuman Thong, or “Angel Dolls”, is not the phenomenon itself. After all, it is not a novelty of the past month, the past...

Opinion: Thailand’s Institutionalized Slavery

I recall watching a 1985 American film recently, "The Color Purple" which tells the life of a poor African American woman named Celie Harris. By the time she is 14, she is sexually abused repeatedly by her ow...

Thailand’s Crown Prince Starts Another Purge

As Thailand's royal interregnum approaches, the country’s ruling class has been seized by what amounts almost to a reign of terror, with Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn apparently clearing out his enemies in...
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How Asia’s Governments Spy on Their Citizens

If you live in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand or Vietnam and you are an activist or a journalist, the government probably knows a lot more about the inside of your computer than you think, and more than you wa...
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Thai Backpacker Murder Trial Under a Cloud

The trial of two 21-year-old Burmese migrant workers is set to get underway tomorrow for the killings of two British backpackers, Hannah Witheridge and David Miller, on Sept. 15 last year. The Thai justice ...
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Human Rights Groups Seek Justice for Thai Dissidents

On May 22, the one-year anniversary of the coup that brought Army general Prayuth Chan-ocha to power in Thailand, handfuls of university students in Bangkok and the northern city of Khon Kaen held peaceful de...
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Thai Junta Blocks Human Rights Watch Press Con

Thailand’s junta appears to be squeezing down ever more heavily on the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand. On Friday, June 26, it cancelled a press conference by Human Rights Watch over a report that isn...
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Holding Back Women Holds Back Progress

Developing country progress cannot be realized unless governments also recognize bodily autonomy and sexual rights, especially for those who are marginalized and seldom heard from or are even visible, according...
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Ailing Thai King is Watched Anxiously

Thailand’s royal couple, King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his wife, Queen Sirikit, left Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok on May 10 to return to their seaside palace in Hua Hin, 200 km to the south on the Gulf of Thaila...