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Thai anti-junta party hits back at fresh legal troubles

Jul 20, 2019 - 6:37 PM

Thanathorn was suspended from parliament in May when the constitutional court accepted a case alleging he violated election rules by holding shares in a media company

Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit speaks to the media before the parliamentary vote for Thailand’s new prime minister in Bangkok in June 5, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

U.S. bans Myanmar army chief over Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing'

Jul 17, 2019 - 7:41 AM

The US State Department says it is taking action against army chief Min Aung Hlaing and the others after finding credible evidence they were involved in the violence two years ago

Myanmar military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing inspects a major bridge near capital Naypyidaw along Yangon to Mandalay highway damaged by rampaging flood waters from Swar Chaung dam on August 29, 2018. Swar Chaung dam's spillway structure, which regulates the release of water from the levee, broke due to heavy seasonal rainfall in Bago region on August 29, inundating about 100 villages and blocking the country's biggest highway, a government official said. / AFP PHOTO / Thet AUNG

Thailand anti-junta party leader faces possible disqualification

Apr 24, 2019 - 9:34 AM

Last month's elections in Thailand remains in dispute after a political party backed by the junta that has ruled Thailand since 2014 and its main rival both claimed victory

UNDER SIEGE. File photo of Future Forward Party leader Thanatorn Juangroongruangkit (in white shirt) arrives at Pathumwan police station to hear sedition charges brought against him by the National Council for Peace and Order, in Bangkok on April 6, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Rising Thai political star hit with sedition charges

Apr 06, 2019 - 6:37 PM

'We believe we are innocent. I did everything in good faith,' says Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, who heads the youth-oriented Future Forward Party

CHARGED. File photo of Thai tycoon, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of the Future Forward Party. Photo by  Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai demonstrators protest alleged cheating in election

Mar 31, 2019 - 8:43 PM

Full results will be ratified by May 9 but anger has mounted as the wait continues, prompting demonstrations at two Bangkok landmarks

7 Thai parties form coalition to thwart junta

Mar 27, 2019 - 8:55 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Pheu Thai, affiliated with self-exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, joins forces with 6 other parties in a bid to halt military-backed factions from leading the country

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha arrives at the Government House for a cabinet meeting in Bangkok on March 26, 2019, two days after the country's general election.  Ye Aung THU / AFP

Thai military accused of 'rigged' election by former PM Thaksin

Mar 25, 2019 - 3:15 PM

(UPDATED) The junta is primed to retain its grip on power despite only having a slight edge in the popular vote, after election officials released the first unofficial early results for seats in the lower house

THAILAND ELECTIONS. A vendor arranges newspapers at her newsstand in Bangkok on March 25, 2019 a day after Thailand's general election. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Thai junta chief says cybersecurity bill not used to 'tap' phones

Mar 15, 2019 - 10:48 AM

Thailand's junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha says: 'When I talk about cybersecurity, don't get this confused with human rights... No one will tap phone calls of others'

Myanmar holds rare rally to call for constitution reform

Feb 28, 2019 - 11:46 AM

The political activity follows the formation of a committee last week to discuss amending the military-scripted constitution

A man holds a banner with a message "amend the 2008 constitution" during a rally calling for reforms on Myanmar's military-scripted constitution in Yangon on February 27, 2019. Hundreds gathered on February 27 in downtown Yangon in a jovial first-of-its-kind rally underpinned by its attendants' urgent desire for Myanmar's constroversial constitution to be amended. Sai Aung MAIN / AFP

Thai junta shoots down proposal to slash defense spending

Feb 19, 2019 - 12:02 AM

The country spends among the most on defense in Southeast Asia and recent big purchases have drawn criticism in a state riddled with inequality and corruption

DEFENSE SPENDING. In this file photo, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha arrives at Government House before a cabinet meeting in Bangkok on August 9, 2016. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai junta lifts ban on political campaigning ahead of 2019 elections

Dec 11, 2018 - 2:21 PM

One of the military's first acts after seizing power in May 2014 was to outlaw political activity of all kinds. The ban is officially lifted on Tuesday, December 11.

A man waves a giant national flag at Democracy Monument in Bangkok on May 23, 2014. Christophe Archambault/AFP

Jailed Myanmar Reuters reporters file appeal

Nov 05, 2018 - 5:31 PM

'We filed an appeal today on behalf of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo because the trial court's ruling was wrong,' says Reuters president and editor-in-chief Stephen J Adler

JAILED. The two Reuters journalists face 7 years in prison after allegedly obtaining classified documents illegally. Wa Lone photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP, Kyaw Soe Oo photo by Aung Kyaw Htet/AFP.

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: May military junta ba sa Pilipinas?

Nov 05, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Mahimbing pa rin ba ang tulog natin kapag nakopo na ng mga sundalo ang pagpapalakad ng gobyerno?

Unfriend: Thai junta leader flooded with negative comments on FB

Oct 15, 2018 - 7:46 PM

Asking for 'suggestions' in his debut on Facebook, Thailand's premier receives over 9,000 comments in less than 24 hours, the majority of them negative

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Meet Headache Stencil, the Thai version of mystery graffiti artist Banksy

Sep 24, 2018 - 1:26 PM

The pioneer of the new wave of street artists in Bangkok is 'Headache Stencil,' whose spray cans satirize the powerful in Thailand where free expression has been muted since a 2014 coup

THAILAND'S BANKSY. This picture taken on September 4, 2018, shows Thai artist who goes by the name of "Headache Stencil" spray-painting a graffiti on a fence in Bangkok. Thailand's junta chief caricatured as 'a lucky cat', a paw raised to rake in money, or his face crossed out by a thick, red line - daring graffiti is appearing across Bangkok as the city's walls become a canvas for political debate. Romeo GACAD / AFP

Junta after Duterte? Democracy should remain, says U.S. defense exec

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:57 PM

'I hope that the future of the Philippines remains at the hands of the people here,' says US Defense Assistant Secretary Randall Schriver

VISITING. US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver in a roundtable press interview at the US Embassy in Manila. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Duterte's dream resignation, 'junta', successor scenarios

Aug 16, 2018 - 11:10 AM

What's the process for a President to resign? Can President Rodrigo Duterte choose his successor? Here's what the Constitution and a law professor say.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath to newly-appointed government officials at the Heroes Hall of Malacañan Palace on August 13, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Protest greets 4th year of Thai junta rule

May 22, 2018 - 2:49 PM

Disquiet with the junta is simmering in Thailand, despite a ban on political gatherings since a coup toppled the elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra on May 22, 2014

4 YEARS. Demonstrators holding placards with a caricature depicting Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha as Pinocchio stand next to police barricade outside Thammasat University during a protest to mark the 4th year of junta rule in Bangkok on May 22, 2018. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Dozens of new political parties register in run-up to Thai poll

Mar 02, 2018 - 1:43 PM

(UPDATED) 'There are 38 groups who have submitted the applications for party registration,' an election official tells Agence France-Presse

THAI POLL. Members of the Ruam Jai Thai Party wait to submit paperwork for the registration of their political party at the Office of the Election Commission of Thailand in Bangkok on March 2, 2018. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Funeral held for Thai cadet at center of army abuse scandal

Dec 11, 2017 - 12:05 AM

There is mounting pressure on Thailand's army to explain what happened to 18-year-old Pakapong Tanyakan

Supicha Tanyakan, the sister of Pakapong Tanyakan, a first year cadet in the Thai army, carries his photo during a cremation ceremony in Chonburi on December 10, 2017. A Thai army recruit whose murky death has raised concerns about the treatment of new conscripts suffered physical assault, his family said on December 10, citing the results of an autopsy as they held a funeral for the cadet. / AFP PHOTO / Roberto SCHMIDT

Thai junta under fire from allies over Yingluck escape

Aug 27, 2017 - 10:50 PM

The junta says it does not yet know how Thailand s first female prime minister managed to flee

THANKING SUPPORTERS. Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra greets her supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court in Bangkok on July 21, 2017. Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Suu Kyi must stop Rohingya 'genocide' – Malaysia PM

Dec 04, 2016 - 2:41 PM

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak criticizes the Myanmar democracy icon of keeping silent on the plight of Rohingya genocide

Thai junta ramps up its royalism with mass loyalty ceremony

Nov 22, 2016 - 7:56 PM

We will remain in allegiance to all the kings of the Chakri dynasty until we die says Junta leader Prayut Chan O Cha

LOYALTY. Thai government officials gather to pay respects and pledge an oath of allegiance to the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej during a ceremony at the Government House in Bangkok on November 22, 2016. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Thai junta-picked lawmakers give military $124M budget hike

Sep 08, 2016 - 11:20 PM

In contrast funds for education and infrastructure are cut

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha is greeted by military officers during a visit to Thailand's restive southern province of Narathiwat on July 25, 2016. Thailand's junta chief vowed to galvanise the economy of the kingdom's poor and rebel-hit south, including making it a hub for halal produce, during a visit to the Muslim-majority region. / AFP PHOTO / MADAREE TOHLALA

Three Thai royal insult prisoners freed after pardon

Aug 27, 2016 - 3:01 PM

Thailand s lese majeste law is among the world s harshest punishing any perceived criticism of the monarchy with up to 15 years per offence

THAI KING. A well-wisher holds a large medal carrying a portrait of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej as people wait for him to drive by in a motorcade as he leaves the Siriraj hospital in Bangkok on September 15, 2014. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Thai junta suspends Bangkok governor over graft probe

Aug 25, 2016 - 6:55 PM

Sukhumbhand Paribatra is under investigation over an expensive light display outside city hall in December 2015

epa03527609 Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra answer questions from media about his resignation from Bangkok governor, at the Thai Democrat Party headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, 08 January 2013. Paribatra, who is the Democrat party candidate and one of the chief contenders in the Bangkok Governorship race, will formally tender his resignation as Bangkok governor which will take effect on 9 January, one day before his term expires on 10 January 2013 to allow fair compeition in the upcoming next Bangkok governor elections which will be held by 03 March 2013. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

Victory for generals as Thais vote for junta charter

Aug 07, 2016 - 8:38 AM

4th UPDATE Prime Minister Prayut Chan o cha hails the win as a step towards a bona fide democracy free from graft

epa05460826 Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha casts his ballot during a referendum for the new constitution at a polling station in Bangkok, Thailand, 07 August 2016. Some 50.6 million Thai voters are eligible to cast their votes in a referendum for the controversial military's backed draft constitution, the first polling in the country after the May 2014 military coup. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

Thai journalist charged under draconian charter law

Jul 11, 2016 - 8:10 PM

Prachatai reporter Taweesak Kerdpoka faces charges along with 4 members of the New Democracy Movement

epa05343844 Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha ooks delivers the keynote address of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) 15th Asia Security Summit in Singapore, 03 June 2016. The IISS Asia Security Summit is an annual gathering of defence officials in the Asia-Pacific region and is dubbed the Shangri-La Dialogue in honor of the hotel where the event is held. The summit will go on from 03 to 05 June 2016. EPA/WALLACE WOON

Pressure mounts on Thai junta over fake bomb detectors

Jun 27, 2016 - 5:55 PM

Thailand s pro democracy Red Shirt movement is demanding details of the contracts for the GT200 device

(FILES) This file picture taken on March 2, 2010 shows a Thai soldier using a GT200 detector as he patrols the streets of Yala, in Thailand's restive south.  Activists on June 27, 2016 urged Britain to hand over details of the multi-million-dollar sale to Thailand of fake bomb detectors that led to the detention of scores of innocent people. British fraudster Gary Bolton was jailed in 2013 for making millions selling the GT200 -- which he billed as a "magic wand" able to detect tiny particles of explosives or drugs from hundreds of metres away. / AFP PHOTO / STR

Thousands gather at Thai temple as police fail to arrest abbot

Jun 16, 2016 - 4:55 PM

Devotees prevent authorities from arresting Phra Dhammachayo the temple s 72 year old abbot who faces allegations that he accepted embezzled funds

epa05368540 Thai devotees meditate at the Dhammakaya Temple in Pathum Thani province, Thailand, 16 June 2016. The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) entered into the temple on 16 June, with a search warrant to arrest and start negotiations with Dhammakaya Temple abbot Phra Dhammachayo after a court approval on 15 June. Phra Dhammachayo is ordered to meet with the DSI to acknowledge criminal charges allegedly involved with receiving and laundering stolen money after the monk's lawyer postponed meetings reportedly due to the abbot's health condition. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

Thai ex-PM Yingluck defies army with selfie and smiles tour

Jun 12, 2016 - 2:12 PM

Yingluck s yim su tour – or fighting with smiles as her aides dub it – carries a message of defiance to the hard pressed northern portion of the country

SMILES. Ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra (C) poses for pictures with supporters as part of her 'fighting with smiles' tour in the northern Thai province of Phrae. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Floods, political change hamper Myanmar growth – World Bank

May 31, 2016 - 11:00 PM

The World Bank estimates 7 GDP growth for Myanmar during the 2015 16 financial year

epa04953916 Street vendors walk through flooded roads near the ThiriMandalar Express bus station in Mandalay, Myanmar, 28 September 2015. Heavy monsoon rains caused floods around Mandalay. EPA/HEIN HTET

Two years after coup ousted Thai PM says country 'suffering'

May 22, 2016 - 1:01 PM

Deposed Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra questions wether the military junta made good on their vow to heal the country s political divide

File photo of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives for taken at the Constitutional Court in Bangkok,Thailand in May 2014 by Narong Sangnak/EPA

Thai police defend arresting anti-junta activist's mother

May 07, 2016 - 11:20 PM

Patnaree Chankij s lawyers say she was charged for writing the Thai equivalent of yeah in response to Facebook messages that allegedly insulted the royal family

Thailand files first charge under draconian anti-campaigning law

Apr 27, 2016 - 7:15 PM

UPDATED I want this case to serve as an example that from now on criticizing [the charter] must be done in a polite manner says an election official

epa05265004 A military police officer stands in front of a military base in Bangkok, Thailand, 18 April 2016. Pheu Thai party's core member, Watana Muangsook, a former minister during the government of ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, turned himself in for an 'attitude adjustment' session at the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on 18 April, as he was called from the military junta after publishing political messages on his Facebook account. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

Rights groups condemn junta police powers for Thai soldiers

Apr 05, 2016 - 10:30 PM

Soldiers are allowed to detain suspects without arrest warrants and they are not covered by laws monitoring police abuses

epa04956785 Thailand's new Army chief General Thirachai Nakwanich (R) stands next outgoing General Udomdej Sitabutr (2-R) during a handover ceremony at the Thai army headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, 30 September 2015. Thirachai has been appointed as the new army chief in a military reshuffle endorsed by the Thai King. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

Thai authorities seize thousands of 'political' red bowls

Apr 03, 2016 - 4:59 PM

UPDATED Ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra says giving out bowls never posed a problem to national security

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Thailand unveils latest charter perpetuating army's power

Mar 29, 2016 - 8:25 PM

The military junta warns it will not tolerate criticism of the draft constitution in the run up to a referendum on August 7

epa05079072 Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha speak as he delivers the one-year performance presentation of his government at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, 23 December 2015. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

Thai students mock military at football match

Feb 13, 2016 - 8:00 PM

What is the reason we have soldiers in power? No one dares to ask reads one banner marched around the arena before the game in a rare show of dissent

STUDENT PROTESTS. Thai university students participate in a parade lampooning the military junta during a varsity football match at the National stadium in Bangkok on February 13, 2016. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Critics warn new draft charter will deepen Thai crisis

Jan 29, 2016 - 9:15 PM

The draft is the junta s second stab at crafting a new constitution since former army chief Prayut Chan O Cha ousted an elected civilian government in May 2014

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha arrives for the ASEM summit in Milan, Italy, 16 October 2014. Matteo Bazzi/EPA

Thai junta files sedition charges against cable channel

Nov 20, 2015 - 8:49 PM

Soldiers raid the Bangkok office of Fahhai TV on Thursday night arresting five staff members and closing the station a junta legal advisor tells reporters

File photo of Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Matteo Bazzi/EPA

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Thai junta plans new military unit to curb online dissent

Oct 20, 2015 - 8:23 PM

This comes as the regime expresses mounting concerns over perceived royal defamation with prosecutions skyrocketing since the May 2014 military takeover

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha arrives for the ASEM summit in Milan, Italy, 16 October 2014. Matteo Bazzi/EPA

Former Thai MPs survive impeachment vote

Aug 14, 2015 - 6:58 PM

A successful impeachment would have seen the ex lawmakers banned from politics for five years

Myanmar's Suu Kyi invokes father's sacrifice ahead of elections

Jul 19, 2015 - 7:15 PM

The November 8 poll will be the first general election in a quarter of a century to be contested by her National League for Democracy NLD which is expected to make huge gains at the ballot box if the vote is free and fair

OPPOSITION LEADER. Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi talks to media representatives as she leaves after Myanmar's Union Parliament regular assembly in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, March 26, 2015. Photo by Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

14 Thai students face 7 years in jail for anti-junta rally

Jun 27, 2015 - 10:01 PM

The students charged with violating national security are among the few activists that have dared to publicly challenge Thailand s military rulers

PROTEST. Thai students are arrested by police officers and security guards as they flash anti-coup sign in front of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha while delivering a speech during his visit in Khon Kaen province, northeastern Thailand, on November 19, 2014. Photo by EPA

Myanmar parliament rejects charter change in blow to Suu Kyi

Jun 26, 2015 - 4:19 AM

The result virtually extinguishes Suu Kyi s chances of the presidency at this stage because of a provision excluding those with foreign children from the top office

Thai student charged over anti-coup protest

Jun 24, 2015 - 10:59 PM

The communications arts student is being detained at a prison in Bangkok but has been granted bail and is expected to be released later Wednesday Pawinee added