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    RCEP agreement puts future of Thai people at risk

    News, Published on 21/07/2018

    » Since the 2014 coup, we have witnessed some serious degradation of people's rights, from political, economic and social, as well as setbacks to environmental protection and the livelihood of communities. Women human rights defenders have increasingly become at risk of violence, discrimination, and other violations. After four years under the military regime, at least 222 rural women HRDs have faced trial in court simply for defending their right to land, livelihood, and community while the state continues to give concessions that impact the communities and the environment.

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    Eyewitness to injustice

    News, Editorial, Published on 21/07/2018

    » As a key witness in the deaths of six people killed during the military's dispersal of red-shirt protests in 2010, former paramedic Nathathida Meewangpla, who is now 40, has found herself at the other end of the justice process -- as a defendant in two criminal lawsuits that have seen her taken into custody without bail for more than three years pending court hearings.

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    Wild Boars may well need saving again

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 21/07/2018

    » I thought we could let it rest, but apparently the post-rescue drama of the 13 cave survivors is here to stay. On Wednesday, the 13 Wild Boars members were put on stage in a live broadcast, a 6pm state-run slot usually reserved for military propaganda.

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    Cave Rescue 2: Exploitation flick on the way

    News, Wasant Techawongtham, Published on 21/07/2018

    » The 13 members of the Wild Boars have gone home to their loved ones. That, however, is not the end of their story. There will be more stories to tell, movies to make as well as a museum to build and a new "world class" tourist destination to create.

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    Pompeo's Vietnam model illogical for N Korea

    News, Sek Sophal, Published on 21/07/2018

    » During an official visit to Vietnam this month, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cited economic development of the country after the US-Vietnam normalisation as a model that may incentivise North Korea to implement a denuclearisation plan. The claims was only met with doubts.

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    Lessons from the Klong Dan court ruling

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 20/07/2018

    » Last Friday the 13th must have been horrible for the 11 defendants involved in a court case involving fraud in the 23-billion-baht Klong Dan wastewater treatment project -- a state infrastructure which has been built but left largely unused in Samut Prakan.

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    Trans fat ban will save lives

    News, Editorial, Published on 20/07/2018

    » In six months' time, Thai consumers are to be protected from bad food ingredients known as trans fats.

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    Maintaining what's left of rules-based order

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 20/07/2018

    » For anyone who is alive today, the world as we know it has never been so stirred and shaken. The international order based on a common set of institutions, rules and norms that used to be widely cherished and universally beneficial is unravelling before our collective and helpless eyes. From an emerging United States-China trade war and Beijing's militarised occupation of the South China Sea to Russia's revanchist annexation of Crimea, world order over the past several years has been breaking down. Those who once set the rules, principally the US, are breaking them, while aspiring new rule-setters, mainly China, have not found sufficient international reception. Rule-takers, such as the smaller states in Asean, suffer the most when set rules lose cohesion, lustre and abidance.

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    Trade deals putting health at risk

    News, Published on 20/07/2018

    » The 23rd round of negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement taking place this and next week in Bangkok -- between 10 Asean countries and their trading partners: Korea, Japan, China, India, Australia and New Zealand -- include talks on an intellectual property rights chapter which directly impacts access to affordable medicines.

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    Conscripts aren't servants

    News, Editorial, Published on 19/07/2018

    » The army's tradition of allowing officers to use conscripts as personal houseboys was hit with more bad press this week as one of the newly enlisted men exposed his degrading and inhumane working and living conditions while serving at the residence of a military officer.

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