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  • OPINION

    Activists need protection

    News, Editorial, Published on 14/05/2019

    » Thailand's already battered human rights record has fallen another notch following reports of the mysterious disappearance of three activists accused of lese majeste while in exile in Vietnam.

  • OPINION

    Fair poll goal within reach

    News, Editorial, Published on 24/01/2019

    » As the royal decree for the general election has been issued, the countdown for the country's return to democracy has officially begun.

  • OPINION

    Five-star salaries too fat

    News, Editorial, Published on 17/11/2018

    » In a move that has perplexed many, the junta-appointed National Legislative Assembly (NLA) yesterday approved in principle a bill that aims to "legalise" the fat pay cheques of generals, admirals and air chief marshals who have been awarded the "special" five-star rank in the military.

  • OPINION

    End military interrogation

    News, Editorial, Published on 27/09/2018

    » In a court ruling on Tuesday on what has been dubbed the "budu bomb" case, the legitimacy and transparency of the military's unusual role in the justice process has again been questioned.

  • OPINION

    Police stifle free speech

    News, Editorial, Published on 13/09/2018

    » It has happened again. the Thai police have forced the cancellation of a public forum by citing concerns over security, which is a broad and dubious term.

  • OPINION

    Courthouse death casts an ugly pall

    News, Editorial, Published on 29/07/2018

    » When Supachai Kanlahasunthorn learned that the Criminal Court acquitted a defendant whom he believed killed his son two years ago in Bangkok's Din Daeng area for "lack of evidence", the man was devastated.

  • OPINION

    TJA falls down on job

    News, Editorial, Published on 01/02/2018

    » The results of the Thai Journalists Association (TJA) probe into a sexual harassment case involving a media personality has invited more questions than it has given answers.

  • OPINION

    Protect the gaur

    News, Editorial, Published on 15/11/2017

    » The killings of three rare, wild gaur in Nakhon Ratchasima raise two concerns that should command swift and high-level action. Local police in Wang Nam Khieo district immediately began investigating the shootings. Provincial governor Wichian Chantharanothai actively entered the picture, a distinct step in the right direction. Important issues are at stake, apart from the obvious killing of protected animals.

  • OPINION

    Surakiart has a tough task

    News, Editorial, Published on 05/02/2018

    » The Myanmar government continues to dig itself into deeper trouble over the crisis it created with the Rohingya. Worse, it is rapidly creating an atmosphere of belligerence. There seems plenty of means available to discuss and solve the situation via talks with neighbours and the international community. Instead, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the nation's military have only become more isolated.

  • OPINION

    Resettlement plan a sham

    News, Editorial, Published on 13/12/2017

    » Myanmar's government has unveiled a plan to repatriate Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh. In essence, the government of Aung San Suu Kyi, in what is known as a "phased return", will allow some returnees, beginning early next year, but not to their original villages, homes and land. It will build camps to "resettle" the Rohingya indefinitely. As the United Nations' refugee organisation and key international groups have said, the plan is unacceptable.

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