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    Time to watch out for those pesky ethics

    News, Editorial, Published on 09/10/2016

    » Late last week, Chiang Mai governor Pawin Chamniprasart visited the home of two Hmong girls accused by a British tourist of stealing her wristwatch. Mr Pawin's visit was a gesture to reaffirm the girls' innocence. When Mr Pawin visited, the girls' mother performed a traditional ritual in their house to boost the morale of her daughters after their pictures appeared, late last month, on several international outlets including the New York Post and The Sun with headlines suggesting the girls stole the tourist's watch.


    Criminalise state torture

    News, Editorial, Published on 17/04/2019

    » As long as Thailand does not criminalise enforced disappearances and torture committed by state officials, anyone could become a victim of state actors' extrajudicial acts without getting justice -- such as in the case of Karen human rights activist Porlajee "Billy" Rakchongcharoen.


    Stealing from students

    News, Editorial, Published on 26/06/2018

    » The decades of rot and wrongdoing are starting to emerge at the Ministry of Education. Dozens of cases of greed and conspiracies to defraud children and the nation have been exposed. Up until now, the minister, his bureaucrats and the government have been silent or even engaged in cover-ups.


    TPB chief gets to work

    News, Editorial, Published on 11/10/2017

    » The dynamic and sometimes controversial leader of the newly formed Tourism Police Bureau (TPB) is off to a roaring start. Pol Maj Gen Surachet Hakpan led heavily publicised raids on Koh Samui last week. This week he's in Phuket, targeting what he calls "mafia operations" on that tourist-friendly island. The high-profile Pol Maj Gen Surachet is making current headlines but there are questions about his priorities.


    Public trust takes a knock

    News, Editorial, Published on 08/05/2017

    » A large step back from public trust occurred last week. It is difficult to say which situation is worse, that the government has moved the country's financial crime-fighting guru in a high-profile investigation, or that it took more than a year to do it. Either way, the decision to move to the PM's Office the Anti-Money Laundering Office former chief Seehanat Prayoonrat is a shock. Authorities must explain the details.


    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.

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