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  • OPINION

    Death penalty is no answer

    News, Editorial, Published on 30/05/2019

    » Amendments to the criminal law to make severe sex crimes punishable by death may cause some people to rejoice. Yet, it would be wrong to think that capital punishment is a panacea for the long-standing problem.

  • OPINION

    Death penalty taints the record

    News, Editorial, Published on 14/10/2018

    » Thailand has missed a chance to be part of the world majority in marking the international day against the death penalty this week after it carried out the execution of a young convict in June amid high publicity.

  • OPINION

    Death penalty no solution to crime

    News, Editorial, Published on 08/05/2016

    » The public outrage against six men accused of involvement in the murder of a disabled man last week has led to calls for the death penalty to be applied.

  • OPINION

    Injustice of death penalty

    News, Editorial, Published on 03/08/2016

    » Indonesia is right to make examples of foreign drug runners and smugglers. These pernicious criminals have tried to exploit Indonesian hospitality and turn an illegal profit. The government in Jakarta takes drug smuggling extra seriously, and steps to deter traffickers are welcome. But if the country is right to pursue the smugglers, it is wrong in applying the death penalty as it is currently doing.

  • OPINION

    Debating the death penalty

    News, Editorial, Published on 20/06/2018

    » The Corrections Department has opened the raw wound of capital punishment once again.

  • OPINION

    Death penalty ineffective

    News, Editorial, Published on 21/03/2018

    » US President Donald Trump is exploring options including the use of capital punishment to battle a new and deadly epidemic of drug abuse. So many Americans have died while abusing the world's most powerful opioids that the outbreak has reduced average US life expectancy by two years. The trafficking of drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl and the like has resisted standard "war on drugs" enforcement, and the US government is floundering and grasping at promised solutions.

  • OPINION

    Stop creep of 'full Sharia'

    News, Editorial, Published on 11/04/2019

    » On Tuesday, an LGBTI group protested outside the Brunei embassy in Bangkok, rallying against the tiny oil-rich nation's imposition on April 3 of full Sharia law, which among other barbaric acts punishes sodomy by stoning offenders to death.

  • OPINION

    Death law behind times

    News, Editorial, Published on 21/11/2016

    » The author of the draft organic law on political parties last week produced a surprise proposal that is really quite extreme. Meechai Ruchupan, the head of the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC), wants to see the death penalty as the maximum punishment for politicians caught selling or buying political positions.

  • OPINION

    NACC sparks death debate

    News, Editorial, Published on 15/07/2015

    » The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has done the country a disservice by secretly changing the law and instituting the death penalty as the maximum punishment for graft. The commission claims it discussed the law at length and agreed the death penalty is appropriate for such a severe offence as corruption. The NACC has acted in a disappointing and a high-handed matter. The legislature and government should act to rescind the NACC's secret decree and start over again. A new corruption law is needed, but it must undergo public debate, including the decision to extend the use of capital punishment.

  • OPINION

    Drug reform push stalls

    News, Editorial, Published on 10/04/2017

    » The Global Commission on Drug Policy was in Thailand last week to show support for reform of the country's "war on drugs" laws. Privy Councillor Paiboon Koomchaya welcomed GCDP chairwoman, former Swiss president Ruth Dreifuss. If you weren't aware that the commission chose Bangkok as the site to introduce its latest annual report, you aren't alone. Ms Dreifuss and Gen Paiboon both have found it difficult to gain traction in their campaigns to bring outdated and failed drug policies into the 21st century.

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