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Pro-democracy activists rally in Bangkok as election faces delay

Pro-democracy activists rally in Bangkok as election faces delay

Human rights activists protest possible postponement of Thai election. ...

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 ...

Media Regulator Intimidates Voice TV, Again

Media Regulator Intimidates Voice TV, Again

Pressures from Thailand’s media regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), has forced Voice TV to suspend two news commentators for alleged partiality and frequently reportin ...

An Election Without Fundamental Rights

An Election Without Fundamental Rights

It has been four years since the ruling Pheu Thai party was removed from power in Thailand in a military coup. Four years of flip-flops, of abrupt reversals of decisions, and of broken promises. Four years of propaga ...

Body Politics

Body Politics

“To me, art is always political. One way or another, whether or not you, as an artist, you think it or not. It doesn’t matter. To me, it’s always political. Because, if everything’s already go ...

Thailand’s 2014 Coup and Call for Democracy

Thailand’s 2014 Coup and Call for Democracy

Rome Ramsignam from Thailand’s Democracy Restoration Group (DRG) talks to Peoples Dispatch about the current political scenario in the country and the people’s movement for elections and democracy.   ...

A Tall Order: Free and Fair Elections

A Tall Order: Free and Fair Elections

While people talk about political parties and the usual predictions of who will be the prime minister, there’s very little open debate about the role and responsibilities of the Election Commission of Thailand. ...

Indonesia: Hundreds Arrested in West Papua Demonstrations

Indonesia: Hundreds Arrested in West Papua Demonstrations

Source: abc NEWS Indonesian police detained several hundred people Monday at protests around the country demanding independence for remote West Papua. Arrests were made in cities in Sulawesi, Java and Papua but demon ...

#BebasMedia – Whoever Controls the Media, Controls the Mind

#BebasMedia – Whoever Controls the Media, Controls the Mind

Grafik Rebel Untuk Protes & Aktivisme (Grupa) views the recent decision by the Malaysian Communications And Multimedia Commission to block news portal The Malaysian Insider as another blatant attempt by the despe ...

When Chiang Mai Students Mock Repression

When Chiang Mai Students Mock Repression

In February 2016, students from the law faculty of Chiang Mai University conducted a parade and show, that mocked and condemned the increasing institutional repression of the population and poor state of rights under ...

Attitude Readjustment to Stop Your Thoughts

Attitude Readjustment to Stop Your Thoughts

Phumtham Wachayachai, the present secretary of Pheu Thai Party, had expressed his concerns about the situation in Thailand. The recent situation was when Pichai Nariptapan and Karoon Hosakul were detained by the jun ...

The Citizen’s Constitution in The Land of Smiles

The Citizen’s Constitution in The Land of Smiles

Junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha said criticism would be forbidden until a new constitution was in place. A constitution that allegedly would facilitate the return of democracy to Thailand, and increase the po ...

Sharp Increase in International Concern About Human Rights in West Papua

Sharp Increase in International Concern About Human Rights in West Papua

Indonesia's human rights record was reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. Concerns about human rights in Papua increased sharply since the last review in 2008, with a significant number of m ...