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Thai Activists Push Opposition Party on Royal Defamation Law
February 03, 2023

Thai Activists Push Opposition Party on Royal Defamation Law

By Sebastian Strangio
Activists from the monarchy reform group Thalu Wang have asked the Pheu Thai Party to abolish Section 112 if it wins this year's election.

How Lese Majeste Laws Are Eroding Free Speech in Southeast Asia
August 19, 2022

How Lese Majeste Laws Are Eroding Free Speech in Southeast Asia

By Samantha Holmes
Lese majeste laws are irreconcilable with freedom of expression.
Thai Police Forcefully Disperse Protesters Demanding PM’s Resignation
July 19, 2021

Thai Police Forcefully Disperse Protesters Demanding PM’s Resignation

By Sebastian Strangio
Simmering anti-government sentiment has been compounded by Prayut's failures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thailand to Boost Prison Capacity Amid Political Crackdown
March 12, 2021

Thailand to Boost Prison Capacity Amid Political Crackdown

By Sebastian Strangio
The announcement follows the arrest of nearly 400 people in connection to the ongoing pro-democracy protest movement.

A Softer Approach From Thailand’s Sophisticated Monarch
June 06, 2020

A Softer Approach From Thailand’s Sophisticated Monarch

By Pavin Chachavalpongpun
Leaving the leveling of lèse-majesté cases behind, the Thai government has found softer ways to control criticism. 

Beware the Thailand King’s New Power Play
October 12, 2018

Beware the Thailand King’s New Power Play

By Pavin Chachavalpongpun
The recent changes to a key advisory body for the monarchy points to the further consolidation of the new Thai king’s power.

Thailand Faces New Era of Uncertainty After Royal Cremation
October 31, 2017

Thailand Faces New Era of Uncertainty After Royal Cremation

By Luke Hunt
Millions bid a final farewell as a new era beckons.
Thailand 4.0: Back to the Future
October 13, 2017

Thailand 4.0: Back to the Future

By Samuel Macrae
The ancient kingdom still struggles with modernity and democracy.

 U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Investigated for Lèse Majesté
December 19, 2015

U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Investigated for Lèse Majesté

By Joshua Kurlantzick
It is a move that does not augur well for U.S.-Thailand relations.

Thailand’s Junta Deals Free Speech Another Blow
June 16, 2015

Thailand’s Junta Deals Free Speech Another Blow

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The military bans an event on the country's controversial lese majeste law.

Thailand’s Democracy Under Siege
July 22, 2014

Thailand’s Democracy Under Siege

By Samak Mith
If the country is to reform, it must go beyond politics.
Thailand's Two Faces
May 31, 2012

Thailand's Two Faces

Aung San Suu Kyi’s trip to Thailand was good for its image. The case of Chiranuch Premchaiporn? Not so much.

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