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Post by robertk » Wed Dec 23, 2015 4:55 am

99%of people in Thailand happy with government - the highest ever recorded and almost as high as North Korea levels of satisfaction . National statistics office.
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Post by dagon » Wed Dec 23, 2015 7:04 am

Or for those who view The Bangkok Post as being a slightly more accurate "source of news" than Coconuts Bangkok.

When asked to specify which projects they were most satisfied with, 99.9% gave a thumbs up to the government's efforts to control lottery ticket prices at 80 baht, while 99.5% said they were happy with the government's drug suppression operations.

However, 53.2% of the respondents wanted the government to curb the rising prices of consumer products, whereas 35.7% wanted it to solve the falling prices of farm produce.

Source :http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politic ... government.

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BANGKOK — A pro-democracy activist group said one of its leading members was abducted tonight by a group of men in military uniforms near Thammasat University in northern Bangkok tonight.

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Post by robertk » Sun Jan 31, 2016 5:13 pm

dagon wrote:Or for those who view The Bangkok Post as being a slightly more accurate "source of news" than Coconuts Bangkok.

When asked to specify which projects they were most satisfied with, 99.9% gave a thumbs up to the government's efforts to control lottery ticket prices at 80 baht, while 99.5% said they were happy with the government's drug suppression operations.

However, 53.2% of the respondents wanted the government to curb the rising prices of consumer products, whereas 35.7% wanted it to solve the falling prices of farm produce.

Source :http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politic ... government.
just to note the graphic I posted was taken from Bangkok post. Not sure who coconuts is..

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Re: Martial Law in Thailand

Post by robertk » Sun Jan 31, 2016 5:19 pm

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Thai military offer to help out google in business matters, provided google rub their backs - and remove links (worldwide) to websites not approved by the Thai govt.
The summary concludes with the committee urging Google to think about the relationship between Thailand and the United States. The committee, which is stacked with military officers, told Google it could help the company’s business in Thailand.

“Also if there is any problem or concern about Google’s business in Thailand, and you want us to help, please let the Thai government know. The committee is ready to push and help as much as we can,” it re
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Post by dxm_dxm » Tue Feb 02, 2016 12:06 am

Who is wining over there, the king or the socialist ? Or am I a couple years late with the news ? I heard the king did a good job reforming buddhism in the country. Is that true ?

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Post by samseva » Tue Feb 02, 2016 8:39 pm

dxm_dxm wrote:Who is wining over there, the king or the socialist ? Or am I a couple years late with the news ? I heard the king did a good job reforming buddhism in the country. Is that true ?
I don't think there is an answer to your question due to the question not representing the political situation in Thailand.

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Post by dxm_dxm » Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:47 pm

I've done some catching-up in terms of news. Still, is it true that the King completely reformed buddhism in the country, in a very good way ?

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Post by gavesako » Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:04 pm

Thai police finally get tough on crime:

Pattaya Police Bust Bridge Playing Pensioners

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Re: Martial Law in Thailand

Post by Mr Man » Sat Feb 06, 2016 1:45 pm

Thai Government Defends Hiring Relatives

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Post by samseva » Fri Feb 12, 2016 6:11 am

2017 election [apparently] 'guaranteed' (headline on the Bangkok Post homepage).

Poll on for next year, even if charter fails - Bangkok Post

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In massive U-turn, former Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva joins rivals in slamming army rule

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A 57-year-old housewife from Thailand is facing a military tribunal and seven years imprisonment over a photograph of her posing with a red bucket, which is adorned with messages from former prime ministers Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra.

The bucket, which is used to splash water during the mid-April Songkran festival, is signed by the Shinawatra siblings.

“The situation may be hot, but brothers and sisters may gain coolness from the water inside this bucket,” it reads.

Theerawan Charoensuk posted a photo of herself smiling with the bucket to Facebook. Upon discovering the image, police ordered that she attend military court for her rebellious actions. Nateephat Akarapongthiti from Chiang Mai’s Mae Ping police station clarified, “She was charged with section 116 — inciting chaos in the country.

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Post by robertk » Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:19 am

Reporters without Borders released new report on thailand, dropping it even further in world ranking for freedom of press.

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Gagged by “Peace and Order”

The National Council for Peace and Order, Thailand’s military junta, exercises permanent control over journalists and citizen-journalists. Ubiquitous and all-powerful, the NCPO summons them for questioning and detains them arbitrarily. Its leader, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha, is given to frequent verbal attacks and even death threats against journalists. He is a new predator of information.

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Post by robertk » Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:24 am

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Regional MPs concerned by Thailand’s draft constitution and planned referendum

JAKARTA, 25 April 2016 — Parliamentarians from across Southeast Asia have expressed deep concerns about Thailand’s new draft constitution, as well as a planned referendum on the charter, highlighting an apparent effort by the military government to strengthen and prolong its control over Thai politics and stifle open debate.

ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) criticized the decision by the ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to outlaw campaigns for or against the charter in advance of the referendum, slated for 7 August, and called on Thailand’s leaders to allow for a robust, public discussion of the draft.

“The Thai people are being asked to vote on the core laws that will determine how they are governed, and they aren’t even allowed to speak about them publicly, under threat of imprisonment. How can they be expected to make an informed decision under this arrangement?” said APHR Chairperson Charles Santiago, a member of the Malaysian Parliament.

“If the junta truly believes—as it insists—that this is a matter for the people to decide, then it should allow the people to speak directly to one another about the draft’s merits and drawbacks. Without allowing for such open debate, the Thai junta is effectively attempting to force-feed this constitution to the population.”

The law governing the rules for the referendum, which was approved by the current military-appointed legislature on 7 April, mandates up to 10 years’ imprisonment for anyone convicted of disseminating false information to influence voters or otherwise disrupt the referendum. Junta leaders have also failed to clarify their plan if voters reject the constitution, with some insinuating that a failure to approve the current draft could prolong military rule further.

“People shouldn’t be thrown in jail for simply expressing their opinions. We have already seen individuals who have made comments on the charter subjected to arbitrary detention and so-called ‘re-education,’ and the referendum rules seem designed to stoke fear among the people and stifle debate further,” said APHR Vice Chair Son Chhay, a member of the Cambodian National Assembly.

“The fate of democracy in Thailand has implications for the entire region. It is critical that leaders from around Southeast Asia stand with the Thai people and speak out in support of free expression and informed debate. This draft constitution must be judged on its merits through open discussion. Attempting to gag and intimidate critics is no way to run a country and certainly no way to resolve the political polarization and strife that has characterized Thai politics in recent years,” Son Chhay added.

The draft constitution, which was released publicly on 29 March, includes clauses mandating a fully appointed Senate and enabling the appointment of an unelected prime minister. The charter gives the military broad control over administrative affairs even after an elected government is installed. In addition, clauses of the charter enable the permanent legalization of orders issued unilaterally by NCPO leader Prayuth Chan-ocha under Article 44 of the junta-drafted interim constitution.

Civil society and political parties in Thailand have criticized the draft, highlighting its undemocratic provisions, including the special place reserved for military appointees. These critiques were echoed by regional MPs.

“The fact that the constitution preserves an explicit role for the military indefinitely is particularly concerning,” said APHR Vice Chair Eva Kusuma Sundari, a member of the House of Representatives in Indonesia.

“We have seen the result of a similar setup in Myanmar, where the military controls 25 percent of seats and is able to veto constitutional amendments. It’s the very thing that the people of Myanmar and its new, elected government are now struggling to change. It seems odd that Thailand would want to adopt and adapt elements of this widely criticized model.”

Parliamentarians also highlighted the lack of protections for community rights and the environment, which were present in previous Thai constitutions. The new draft’s assertion that the state is empowered to protect certain rights provides for a sweeping mandate, which is open to abuse by ruling authorities.

“Any trappings of direct democracy, which were preserved in earlier drafts, have been eliminated. The people’s control over their own rights and affairs is severely limited as well, and that sets a dangerous precedent for Thailand’s ability to return to full democracy,” Sundari said.

“This constitution appears to be an attempt by the Thai military to subvert normal democratic processes and strengthen its hold on the political system,” Charles Santiago added. “This is yet another worrying sign for a country that has been backsliding dramatically on its human rights commitments under an unelected military government for nearly two years now.”

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Post by robertk » Mon May 09, 2016 9:57 am

Human Rights Watch

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Thai authorities charged Patnaree Chankij, a 40 year-old mother of a prominent pro-democracy activist, with lese majeste and computer crime offense for failing to criticize Facebook chat with contents considered to be offensive to the monarchy.


“The Thai junta has sunk to a new low by charging an activist’s mother under the ‘insulting the monarchy’ law, which has been systematically abused to silence critics,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Prosecuting someone for her vague response to a Facebook message is just the junta’s latest outrageous twist of the lese majeste law.”

Patnaree’s request for bail was denied on the basis that she is being accused of a “serious crime.” She will be brought before the Bangkok Military Court on May 9, and if found guilty, could face up to 15 years in prison for each offense.

Patnaree’s son, Sirawith Seritiwat, is a prominent student activist with Resistant Citizen and the New Democracy Movement, groups which the authorities have regularly targeted because of his pro-democracy activities.


The United Nations special rapporteur on freedom of expression stated in October 2011 that Thailand’s lese majeste laws were “vague and overly broad, and the harsh criminal sanctions are neither necessary nor proportionate to protect the monarchy or national security.”



“In the name of protecting the monarchy, the junta is tightening a chokehold on free expression and heightening a climate of fear across Thailand,” Adams said. “The arbitrary enforcement of the lese majeste law against an activist’s mother is yet another example of Thailand’s blatant contempt of its human rights obligations.”

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Post by robertk » Fri May 13, 2016 3:37 pm

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Teachers ordered to chant ‘keep fighting PM Prayut’ at conference

Applaud but do not stand, take selfies politely, and chant ‘keep fighting PM Prayut’ are commands stated in the schedule of a conference between the Prime Minister and government school teachers.


The schedule for 2 pm ends with: “When the PM enters the conference room, everyone is invited to give him a welcoming applause (it is not necessary to stand). When the PM sits on the sofa, stop applauding.”

For 3.15 pm, the schedule reads: “The PM finishes speaking, the moderator says ‘thank you’ (at this point there will be a hand signal) and everyone shall chant together ‘Keep fighting PM Prayut’.”

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Post by Mr Man » Sat May 14, 2016 11:44 am

Thailand's democracy in military custody

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Worth a read.

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Post by robertk » Tue Jun 07, 2016 8:12 am

nation does an about face.
This paper has been a mouthpiece for the Yellowshirts and armay for a decade.
Interesting that they should write this editorial now (not that I am complaining, as it is rather accurate)
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/opinion ... 87509.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
EDITORIAL
Junta’s dishonesty to the world continues


The Nation June 7, 2016 1:00 am
At a conference where security trumps democracy anyway, the PM offers false assurances

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) cannot expect to gain the trust and understanding of the international community if it continues to be dishonest and misleading about the domestic political situation, as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was last week in Singapore.

Invited to present his vision on regional security issues at the so-called Shangri-La Dialogue conference, General Prayut encapsulated Asia's challenges and requirements well, only to try and disguise the state of Thai politics.

Prayut was inaccurate in stating that a decade of political conflict had resulted in unprecedented division and a democracy in form but not function. "The rampant corruption, legal deadlocks, rallying of opposing sides, manipulation of the media, escalation of violence, breakdown of the rule of law and, ultimately, the use of weapons in conflict, led to political conflicts that could not be addressed through the democratic process," he told delegates at the security conference.

The division we suffer is not unprecedented, and nor did it stem from politics that rendered democracy dysfunctional.


Prior to both the May 2014 coup and the 2006 coup, Thailand had a normal parliamentary system similar to that of many other countries, including the United Kingdom. Ideological differences are hardly unique to Thailand. But in more advanced democracies such differences, and even conflicts that boil into violence, are resolved non-violently in parliament. Public dissatisfaction with elected representatives is expressed in the next election.

Thailand had already developed a system of democratic institutions that could have calmed its political upheaval without the military interfering as it did. The armed forces - manipulated by the power elite - simply refused to allow the system to work in the normal way.

Prime Minister Prayut reiterated pretentiously to his international audience in Singapore that the Thai military is politically neutral. As most of his listeners knew, however, it is constitutionally neutral but in fact always takes sides. Its troops spilled the blood of fellow citizens to end the 2010 red-shirt street demonstrations and, by contrast, responded to the pleas of the erstwhile yellow shirts to topple a legitimate and elected government in 2014. Prayut was among the insiders on both occasions and knows this distinction all too well.

Countries around the world deal with street protests through the judicious application of existing laws formulated in the name of the people. The only law the Thai military understands is martial law, and it is applied with extreme prejudice. Prayut and the NCPO are forever stressing the importance of the rule of law, but they must have a limited grasp of what this entails. If they truly respected the rule of law, they would not have staged coups against elected governments - a coup in itself is unlawful. Thus any law imposed by a coup-installed government and any ostensibly legal action taken is illegitimate, lacking the popular mandate and measures of accountability that democracy demands.

Nor would the prime minister even consider having in his arsenal the interim legislation known as Article 44, which grants him extraordinary powers to override the usual restrictions on government activity. And nor would the NCPO be bringing civilians to trial before a military court.

For Prayut to tell foreign observers that the junta doesn't "intend" to violate rights or restrict freedoms demonstrates how hypocritical this government is willing to be. It must surely be plain for all to see both at home and abroad that the military is offering false assurances with its claim to have seized power temporarily to restore law and order so that reforms can be introduced. The ongoing detention of critics of the junta has nothing to do with reform, and in fact runs counter to what ought to be reform's ultimate goal - the strengthening of Thai democracy.

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Post by robertk » Fri Jul 29, 2016 7:35 am

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The European Union is watching closely as the military junta currently in power in Thailand is accused of a multitude of human rights violations.

In November 2015, barely a year after the coup, the human rights situation had degenerated to the extent that the European Parliament passed a resolution calling on General Prayuth Chan-ocha to: “stop arbitrary arrests and detention, overturn convictions and sentences…release human rights defenders, media workers and individuals sentences or charges for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression or assembly.”

That was just one of a 14-point bullet list of demands. They also included the rights for civilians to be tried in civilian ― rather than military courts ― an end to censorship of print or online media for publishing information relating to the Thai monarchy, and to reconsider the ‘lese-majeste’ law which forbids all discussion of the King.

MEPs also urged the European External Action Service, the EU’s foreign affairs administration, to “engage in a constructive dialogue on matters regarding human rights protection and democratisation process” with the Thai government ― while also acting as observers at all trial hearings of activists and dissidents.

That was quite a roll-call of concerns, from MEPs from 14 member states standing up to condemn the military regime, for a country which only recently had been poised to sign a Free Trade Agreement with the EU under its democratically-elected premier Yingluck Shinawatra.

Perhaps for most Europeans, Thailand still conjures up images of exotic food and beaches for backpacking tourists. For ordinary Thais ― and increasingly Western diplomats, academics and journalists ― it is, in the words of Human Rights Watch, “a police state”.

Journalists that dare to criticise the junta that seized power in 2014 are sent for “attitude adjustment” in military barracks. Academics that attack the power wielded by the military regime have fled into exile, with their families harassed by the government.

The archaic ‘lese majeste’ laws which forbid bringing the dignity of the royal family into disrepute are applied so all-encompassingly that even the US ambassador in Bangkok has been put under police investigation.

Academics who have researched labour and human rights abuses in the key fishing and fruit tinning industries have been charged with defamation and computer crime, facing lengthy trials and even longer prison sentences.


THAI JUNTA MUST END ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCES SAYS RIGHTS GROUP

The Thai military junta has been told to end its tolerance for ‘enforced disappearances’ by Human Rights Watch(HRW), the New York-based NGO.

EurActiv.com
According to the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) association, at least 77 academics have been harassed since the 2014 coup.

That involves home visits from army officers ordering the professors to change their “critical mindset”, or face a 48-hour spell in the ‘attitude adjustment’ camps.

At least five academics have now fled into exile, according to the TLHR, including Pavin Chachavalpongpun, who sought refugee status in Japan, and is now a visiting lecturer at Cambridge University.

Poonsuk Poonsukcharoen, of the TLHR, said the intimidation was a sign of the weakness of the current military regime. “With legitimacy stretching thin and achievements falling flat, the junta feels the pressure to silence critics to maintain its power,” he told the Bangkok Post.

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