Littlest Climate Criminals

  Focus on the Global South   As Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) gather once again in Bangkok to continue talks about the climate talks, it should not go unnoticed that Thailand has been in the process of identifying its very first “climate criminals”. The “global warming cases”, in... Continue Reading →

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Political turmoil continues in Thailand

Efforts by the Thai government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to replace the country’s military-imposed constitution have reignited bitter internecine fighting within the country’s ruling elite. A mass rally in Bangkok staged by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) on June 24 highlighted the political tensions. According to Thai police, 35,000 people rallied... Continue Reading →

Thailand: Bangkok police to hunt tourist agent’s Phuket killers

Perth-based travel agent Michelle Elizabeth Smith, 60, died after a would-be thief stabbed her in the heart as she returned to the Katathani beach resort hotel about ten o’clock Thursday night. Her companion, Tammee Lee Lynn, suffered a lacerated right arm in the attack. Thai police – including a crime suppression team from Bangkok, are... Continue Reading →

Cambodia: Workers from Cambodia humiliated and stripped naked in Thailand

 Cambodian worker alleges Thai police of humiliating treatment, abuse: A Cambodian migrant worker has alleged that he and dozens of fellow migrants were arrested, beaten, stripped naked and shaved bald by Thai police, who then extorted money from them just because they did not have the correct location on their working visas. The allegation is the latest... Continue Reading →

Harsh Internet Laws Silence Thai Netizens

  BANGKOK, Jun 5, 2012 (IPS) - When Thai police raided the headquarters of the popular alternative news portal ‘Prachatai’ and arrested its executive director, Chiranuch Premchaiporn, back in 2009, the 46-year-old media worker was completely in the dark about her crime. http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=108035

Thai PM appeals for calm

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has appealed for calm as tension continued to mount over a controversial national reconciliation plan. Anti-government protesters brought the country's parliament to a standstill on Friday, surrounding the complex and forcing the speaker to postpone a debate on the bill critics say is aimed at allowing Thaksin Shinawatra, a former... Continue Reading →

Thailand’s ‘yellow shirts’ block parliamentary debate

Protesters in Thailand have blocked parliament to postpone debate on a reconciliation bill designed to ease a six-year political crisis. The anti-government "yellow-shirt" group fear that a proposed amnesty would allow deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to return. Parliament's Speaker said the debate would be shelved until the situation improved. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18294543

Suu Kyi visits Myanmar migrants in Thailand

Mahachai: In her first trip abroad in nearly a quarter-century, Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will on Wednesday visit impoverished Burmese migrants in Thailand. The migrants’ flight to neighbouring Thailand is emblematic of the devastation wrought on her homeland by decades of misrule. Fixing a battered economy is one of the most crucial challenges... Continue Reading →

Myanmar ‘slaves’ rescued in Thailand

Nearly 150 Myanmar migrant workers locked up inside a shrimp factory near Bangkok have been rescued by Thai police. Kyaw Thaung, a spokesperson for the Burmese Association in Thailand (BAT), told The Irrawaddy newspaper that they came to know about their plight from another worker. http://www.prokerala.com/news/articles/a301701.html

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