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Thailand faces another coup d’etat if military hates election outcome

Thailand faces another coup d’etat if military hates election outcome

Thailand’s Chief of Defence Forces Pornpipat Benyasri has defended the army chief, who said he would not rule out another military coup, saying this would only be proposed as a final option to deal with politic ...

Lost Decade: Despite Military Persecution, Former Thai PM Thaksin Calls For Unity

Lost Decade: Despite Military Persecution, Former Thai PM Thaksin Calls For Unity

12 Years from September 19, 2006 to September 19, 2018 Via “Oak” Panthongtae Shinawatra. Today I wish all of us could for a moment, put ourself in the right frame of mind without any prejudice and serious ...

The Complexities of Thai Education System in Patani

The Complexities of Thai Education System in Patani

Ibrahim Keela, a 25-year-old youth activist and student, shares his thoughts with AK Rockefeller about the institutional challenges on education and livelihood. He hails from Yala, a province in south Thailand. Thai ...

Students in Conflict Zones

Students in Conflict Zones

Children transported in a reinforced vehicle to a nearby school in Narathiwat province. Despite the children’s smiles, they know about the violent state of conflict in their land, and must face the dangers fro ...

Commitment in the Face of Conflict

Commitment in the Face of Conflict

In 2014, students from Prince of Songkla University advocated for peace in conflict-torn south Thailand. In fact on many occasions, students and young people take the lead in championing for justice, human rights an ...

Australia’s Piracy on the High Seas

Australia’s Piracy on the High Seas

The protracted debacle that has been this detention at sea has left the human rights reputation of Australia in a shaky state. The piracy and detention of people by Australian officials outside their own territory ra ...

The Siege of Kachin State
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The Siege of Kachin State

While the world is dropping sanctions against the military regime in Burma the Kachins are fending off a siege. Woman are raped and killed and thousands of children suffer. It appears as if the world is ignoring the ...

China turns away Burma’s Kachin refugees
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China turns away Burma’s Kachin refugees

Human rights groups say there are documented cases involving around 300 Kachins being forced to return to Burma and others who were turned away at the border. ...

Lamberth Pekikir acknowledges the risks he is taking

Lamberth Pekikir acknowledges the risks he is taking

Lamberth Pekikir, the general co-ordinator of the TPN/OPM who is now being hunted down by the military, has declared that he is prepared to accept the consequences of his actions, saying that he knows what the conseq ...

Police Watchdog Warns Against Dispatch of Anti-Terror Unit to Papua

Police Watchdog Warns Against Dispatch of Anti-Terror Unit to Papua

Indonesia Police Watch has cautioned the National Police against increasing the presence of its anti-terrorism unit in Papua, saying that move would instead worsen conflict in the restive province. ...

US grills India for flagrant human rights violations

US grills India for flagrant human rights violations

The United States has castigated the Indian government for extrajudicial killings, torture, rape and disappearances by Indian troops in Jammu and Kashmir and in north-eastern Indian states. ...

Human Rights Watch: Rape, torture plague Myanmar’s Kachin conflict

Human Rights Watch: Rape, torture plague Myanmar’s Kachin conflict

Source: The Sun Daily BANGKOK (March 20, 2012): Troops in Myanmar have murdered, tortured and raped civilians since fighting with separatists flared up around nine months ago in northern Kachin State, leading to the ...

West Papua: Violence and oppression against musicians in forgotten conflict
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West Papua: Violence and oppression against musicians in forgotten conflict

With human rights observers and foreign media banned from working in West Papua, a ‘forgotten conflict’ of what some Papuans term ‘Indonesian occupation’ has been off the international radar. ...

What’s Behind Violence At World’s Largest Goldmine?

What’s Behind Violence At World’s Largest Goldmine?

“This latest incident shows that Indonesian police have not learned how to deal with protesters without resorting to excessive, and even lethal, force,” said Amnesty International’s Sam Zarifi in a statemen ...