Thai court rejects bail request of activists detained over alleged royal insults

A court in Thailand on Thursday denied bail for seven detained activists accused of insulting the king, two of whom have deteriorating health from more than a month of hunger strikes, their lawyer said, prompting concern from right groups. Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, Panusaya “Roong” Sithijirawattanakul and five others are in pre-trial detention for violating Thailand’s… Read More Thai court rejects bail request of activists detained over alleged royal insults

At least fifteen dead as Myanmar security forces fire at protesters

Troops in Myanmar opened fire on pro-democracy protesters on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens, the latest victims of a campaign to crush opposition to the ruling military junta, activists and media said. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, leader of the army coup that ousted Myanmar’s elected government on February 1, said… Read More At least fifteen dead as Myanmar security forces fire at protesters

Thailand receives first batch of coronavirus vaccines

Thailand received on Wednesday its first 200,000 doses of Sinovac Biotech’s CoronaVac, the country’s first batch of coronavirus vaccines, with inoculations set to begin in a few days. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is expected to be among the first to receive the vaccine this weekend. Most doses have been reserved for frontline medical workers. “Thank… Read More Thailand receives first batch of coronavirus vaccines

Thai PM Prayuth Chan-ocha survives parliament no-confidence vote

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and nine ministers survived a no-confidence motion in parliament on Saturday after a four-day censure debate, with protests calling for his ouster set to resume. “The vote shows that there is confidence,” said Chuan Leekpai, president of the National Assembly, announcing the result, which had been widely expected. Opposition lawmakers… Read More Thai PM Prayuth Chan-ocha survives parliament no-confidence vote

Thai government files defamatory complaint against opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit over vaccine criticism

Thailand’s government on Wednesday filed a criminal complaint of defaming the monarchy against banned opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, after he criticised its COVID-19 vaccine strategy. The move could mark the highest-profile lese majeste case since a wave of anti-government protests emerged last year and extended to criticism of King Maha Vajiralongkorn over accusations of meddling… Read More Thai government files defamatory complaint against opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit over vaccine criticism

Thai students stage dinosaur-themed protest against government, monarchy

With a parade of people dressed in dinosaur costumes to represent Thailand’s establishment, high school students led a protest by thousands of people in Bangkok on Saturday with calls to bring down the government and reform the monarchy. It was the first major protest since Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Thursday that police would… Read More Thai students stage dinosaur-themed protest against government, monarchy

Thai PM Prayuth Chan-ocha threatens to use all possible laws against protesters

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha threatened on Thursday to use all laws possible against protesters, as demonstrations escalate for his removal and for reforms to curb the powers of King Maha Vajiralongkorn. Activists voiced concern that this could mean the resumption of prosecutions under some of the world’s harshest royal insult laws. “Prayuth has declared… Read More Thai PM Prayuth Chan-ocha threatens to use all possible laws against protesters

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn calls for unity amid anti-government protests

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn told well-wishers of the importance of unity as he marked the opening of a new railway line on Saturday, after thousands of protesters had turned their backs on his motorcade as it passed through central Bangkok. Around 2,500 demonstrators had gathered at the capital’s Democracy Monument in the latest of months… Read More Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn calls for unity amid anti-government protests