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    Amend the Sangha Act

    News, Editorial, Published on 15/01/2016

    » While Thai Buddhism is plagued with many problems, the controversy over the supreme patriarch nomination underscores the crux of the matter -- the Sangha law that perpetuates a closed and autocratic clergy.

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    Dolls just one of many fads

    News, Editorial, Published on 28/01/2016

    » The concern voiced just a few days ago by Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya that the "angel child" or luk thep dolls might be used to smuggle drugs on board a commercial plane has been proven to be true.

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    Monk reform no easy task

    News, Editorial, Published on 07/07/2017

    » If the Prayut Chan-o-cha government has its way, Buddhist monks are to carry smart cards that show their backgrounds -- a move that is designed to enable the authorities to scrutinise those in saffron robes.

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    Public trust takes a knock

    News, Editorial, Published on 08/05/2017

    » A large step back from public trust occurred last week. It is difficult to say which situation is worse, that the government has moved the country's financial crime-fighting guru in a high-profile investigation, or that it took more than a year to do it. Either way, the decision to move to the PM's Office the Anti-Money Laundering Office former chief Seehanat Prayoonrat is a shock. Authorities must explain the details.

  • News & article

    Trust is lost over weapons

    News, Editorial, Published on 28/03/2017

    » The government, police and the Department of Special Investigations (DSI) got excellent advice on the weekend from Justice Minister Suwaphan Tanyuvardhana. They should pay attention and improve their current performance. Mr Suwaphan warned them to handle the case of the Pathum Thani arms seizure "in a transparent and straightforward manner". So far they have not.

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    S44 won't help patents

    News, Editorial, Published on 06/03/2017

    » If further proof were needed after the Dhammakaya fiasco that the abuse of the interim charter's Section 44 is becoming excessive, last week's decree will suffice. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha signed the 138th edict to target intellectual property. The order aims to cut red tape and clear some 12,000 pending patents. While this will undoubtedly bring smiles in the US Trade Representative's office, the prime minister's staff should reconsider this hasty move that creates more problems than it solves.

  • News & article

    Find facts in temple death

    News, Editorial, Published on 03/03/2017

    » The death of a 48-year-old female disciple of Wat Phra Dhammakaya who succumbed to an asthma attack inside an apartment at the sealed-off temple complex must be subject to a thorough and factual investigation to establish the facts.

  • News & article

    Misguided Section 44 use

    News, Editorial, Published on 17/02/2017

    » Finally, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has resorted to the use of the draconian Section 44 in handling the long-standing case of Wat Phra Dhammakaya or, to be more exact, the embattled Phra Dhammajayo, the former abbot whose whereabouts remain unclear.

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    NBTC must abide by law

    News, Editorial, Published on 03/01/2017

    » In the 31 months since the military takeover, and amid progress both real and asserted, one of the biggest setbacks has been to freedom of speech and information. Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered a clampdown on the media on the day of his May 22, 2014 coup. Since then, no relaxation of censorship has occurred, and many other steps have been ordered. Expressing opinions in public can prove dangerous, and laws such as the recent Computer Crime Act amendment continue to restrict or inhibit both personal and media freedoms.

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    End temple farce now

    News, Editorial, Published on 13/12/2016

    » The leader of the Dhammakaya religious sect has made it clear enough he has no intention of cooperating with justice. The criminal case against Phra Dhammajayo has devolved into travesty. Authorities at the temple have refused to follow all laws and legal orders.

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