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  • NEWS

    Ministry to revive gay rights bill

    News, Prangthong Jitcharoenkul, Published on 30/05/2017

    » The Ministry of Justice has vowed to take action in favour of a petition demanding a stalled bill on gay rights be enacted.

  • NEWS

    Thailand concedes rights abuses raised by UN rapporteur

    Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 24/05/2013

    » Thailand has conceded to issues raised by a UN special rapporteur as alleged malpractice regarding freedom of expression and migrant labour, and to the fatal harassment of human rights defenders.

  • OPINION

    Time to lift rights bans

    News, Editorial, Published on 17/09/2018

    » The best thing that can be said about last week's action by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is that the all-male group understands it has created a problem. It has returned to the public a tiny bit of the civil and human rights it removed 52 months ago. On Friday, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha used his extraordinary powers under Section 44 to give some small but important freedoms to political parties. While the order restores the right to organise party affairs, it falls lamentably short of restoring basic and constitutional rights to all Thais.

  • OPINION

    Defending the indefensible

    News, Editorial, Published on 19/09/2018

    » The conversion of Aung San Suu Kyi from human rights champion to defender of military violence has been painful to watch. The Myanmar leader capped her change last week. At a UN-sponsored conference in Hanoi, she sloughed off questions about the brutal expulsion of 700,000 Rohingya, who now are refugees. Shockingly, she defended the imprisonment of two Myanmar reporters by praising a law written by colonialists to intimidate and punish her own country's citizens.

  • OPINION

    Land of the unfree

    News, Published on 19/09/2018

    » Re: "Time to lift rights bans", (Editorial, Sept 17).

  • NEWS

    Rights groups call for end to child marriage

    News, Patpon Sabpaitoon, Published on 31/07/2018

    » Rights activists have called on the government and Muslim leaders to take legal action against a 41-year-old Malaysian man who controversially married an 11-year-old girl from Narathiwat province and prevent such a case from happening again.

  • OPINION

    ICC's leap in the dark

    Oped, Editorial, Published on 10/09/2018

    » The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has issued a clear and compelling case against Myanmar -- both its armed forces and its leaders. A UN-ordered investigation of the Rohingya tragedy is described unequivocally and credibly as genocidal. The UNHRC says government and army then tried to cover up crimes by multiple fabrications. It specifically names Sen Gen Min Aung Hlaing, the commander of the armed forces (tatmadaw) and the national leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

  • NEWS

    Reset policy a ploy to cripple rights bodies, critics say

    News, Patpon Sabpaitoon, Published on 16/07/2018

    » The government has used the reset policy in the organic laws on constitutional organisations to undermine the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the Election Commission (EC), say critics.

  • NEWS

    Education vital to guard rights

    News, Erich Parpart, Published on 02/07/2018

    » Thailand needs to improve education and protect rights of groups, especially women and lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and intersex (LGBTI), the outgoing World Bank Bangkok office director, Ulrich Zachau says.

  • NEWS

    Hospital awarded for respecting inmates' rights

    News, Published on 22/06/2018

    » Prison hospital wins rights prize

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