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Speaker says he was led to believe there would be a vote on constitutional amendments

Thailand’s Parliament President and House Speaker Chuan Leekpai said Thursday night that he was duped into believing that there would be a vote on each of the six motions proposing constitutional amendments. He told lawmakers at about 8.30pm that he was prepared for the vote, only to learn that the joint sitting of the Senate

Mock installation of democracy plaque held at Chiang Mai’s Sam Kasat Monument

A group of people, including students, in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai staged a protest against the Government and held a mock installation of the Khana Rasadorn’s democracy plaque at the Sam Kasat Monument, as a symbol of the fight for democracy. The event also featured cultural and art exhibitions, a stage play and

Panel tasked with studying charter amendments to meet next Wednesday

The bi-partisan parliamentary panel, tasked with studying the six motions proposing amendments to Thailand’s constitution, is scheduled to meet for the first time next Wednesday in Parliament. Government chief whip Mr. Wirat Rattanaseth said today that the 31 members of the panel will study the proposed amendments and compare notes on points on which they

Civic societies outraged by bid for land in Phetchabun for gold exploration

Civic societies in Thailand’s central province of Phetchabun have joined in protest against applications for concessions to explore and mine gold in Wang Pong and Chon Dan districts, covering an area of over 70,400 hectares, by Akara Resources Public Company.   The group claims that the area sought for exploration, especially in Wang Pong district,

Sudarat quits as Pheu Thai Party’s strategic chief

Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan has resigned as the chief of strategy for Thailand’s opposition Pheu Thai Party, and Anudit Nakhontap, the party’s secretary-general, is expected to follow suit. In her Facebook post today (Friday), Khunying Sudarat did not give a reason for her departure, but said that she is still a party member and will continue

UNHCR welcomes move to strengthen healthcare for stateless students

(Bangkok, 25 September 2020) In a development welcomed by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, thousands of undocumented stateless students across Thailand will have the opportunity to access health services through the country’s national healthcare system, including disease prevention, medical treatment and rehabilitation. On 22 September 2020 the Thai Cabinet approved the inclusion of the first

Human Rights Council holds interactive dialogue with the Advisory Committee and hears oral update by the High Commissioner on the situation of Human Rights in Venezuela

Begins General Debate on Human Rights Situations that Require the Council’s Attention The Human Rights Council this morning held an interactive dialogue with the Advisory Committee. It also heard an oral update by the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation of human rights in Venezuela, and then started a general debate on human

25 Years Following the Beijing Platform for Action Finds Widening Gaps in Gender Equality for Women and Girls in Conflict Settings

A new analysis from the International Rescue Committee finds that women and girls living in large refugee-hosting countries have not experienced global rates of progress over the past 25 years. Despite global gains, rates of school enrollment, literacy, access to birth certificates, and more are deteriorating among women and girls in conflict settings. As the

Thai royalist group submits 130k signatures opposing charter amendments

The Thai Pakdee royalist group submitted a list of 130,000 signatures, from people who oppose any changes to the current Constitution, to the speakers of the House of Representatives and the Senate Wednesday morning, as a joint sitting began debating constitutional changes, as proposed by the Government and Opposition. A protest letter and the list