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    Less standoff, more justice

    News, Editorial, Published on 17/06/2016

    » The confrontation between Department of Special Investigation (DSI) officers and followers of Wat Phra Dhammakaya's abbot wanted in connection to a money-laundering case gripped the nation Thursday, but the showdown was completely uncalled for.


    Jatupat bail veto a puzzle

    News, Editorial, Published on 13/01/2017

    » Last Sunday, student activist Jatupat "Pai Dao Din" Boonpattararaksa had another bail request denied. Among more than 2,000 social media posters of a BBC Thai article on the monarchy, Mr Jatupat is the only person who was charged with lese majeste and computer crime. First, he got bail. Then, his bail was revoked and his subsequent bail requests denied -- on the grounds that he posted a new brief Facebook message seen as "ridiculing state power without fear of the law" and that he failed to delete the shared BBC story from his wall. He has been locked up since Dec 22.


    PM wrong to attack critics

    News, Editorial, Published on 13/02/2017

    » Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha disappointed more than a few people when he waved off concerns over human rights and civil liberties last week as an obsession and preoccupation. The premier was supposedly responding to criticism, both foreign and domestic. While serious and professional comments on government policies are unwelcome to him, they never should be dismissed as the ravings of hostile or "obsessed" people.


    Justice system put on trial

    News, Editorial, Published on 24/02/2017

    » Following the much-publicised wrongful imprisonment claim by former schoolteacher Jomsap Saenmuangkhot, similar alleged "scapegoat" cases have recently come to light.


    Media intimidation risks trust in govt

    News, Editorial, Published on 13/08/2017

    » Swift and drastic police action against a journalist who was covering a case of an ex-police chief's unusual wealth gives the strong impression that the authorities are using power to intimidate the media in order to serve influential figures.


    Govt must serve up justice for all

    News, Editorial, Published on 28/01/2018

    » Nearly four years after the end of the huge street protest by the now-defunct People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), and the country's public prosecutors have finally decided to press charges against nine leaders of the Bangkok Shutdown movement that brought many parts of the metropolis to a standstill.


    A failure to communicate

    News, Editorial, Published on 20/03/2018

    » The public are about to receive a bill for tens of billions of baht for goods they didn't order. It says right on the bill itself that people don't even want most of the items. But unless there is a major change in business demands, agency recommendations and government attitude the bill will come due within weeks. The payment will save digital TV operators and mobile phone company executives who made terrible decisions, and now want the country to bail them out.


    Oppressive to the last

    News, Editorial, Published on 08/11/2018

    » More than four years since the coup, there is still no end in sight to the systematic abuse of the law and intimidation by the police and military of political dissidents and ordinary citizens.


    Don't drag on Araibi case

    News, Editorial, Published on 15/01/2019

    » The government should reconsider the continued detention of the refugee Hakeem al-Araibi, known as the refugee football player. He is being held without bail at Bangkok Remand Prison as a flight risk, while authorities from Bahrain attempt to extradite him. There is little compelling evidence to send him to a dangerous and possibly violent fate in that country. On the other hand, there are strong reasons to free him to return to Australia, where he has lived for four years in asylum while working towards citizenship.

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