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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.

Google Removes Two Custom Maps Doxing Critics of Thai Monarchy
June 29, 2021

Google Removes Two Custom Maps Doxing Critics of Thai Monarchy

By Sebastian Strangio
After anti-government demonstrations aired unprecedented criticisms of a powerful institution, the backlash is now in full swing.
Thai Government Readies Legal Shackles for Civil Society
May 07, 2021

Thai Government Readies Legal Shackles for Civil Society

By Sebastian Strangio
If passed, the law will be used to target organizations deemed to threaten Thailand's entrenched political elite.

Thai Court Denies Bail for Hunger Striking Protest Leaders
April 30, 2021

Thai Court Denies Bail for Hunger Striking Protest Leaders

By Sebastian Strangio
The move came as Prime Minister Prayut assumed sweeping new powers to fight the current outbreak of COVID-19.

Amid Legal Crackdown, Thai Protest Movement Regains Momentum
March 25, 2021

Amid Legal Crackdown, Thai Protest Movement Regains Momentum

By Sebastian Strangio
After a period of hiatus, and amid a concerted legal offensive, the student-led protests are beginning to revive.

Thai Court Jails More Pro-Democracy Activists on Royal Defamation Charges
March 10, 2021

Thai Court Jails More Pro-Democracy Activists on Royal Defamation Charges

By Sebastian Strangio
The decision is designed to prevent the leaders from playing any active role in the ongoing political protest movement.

Under Cover of Myanmar’s Coup, Neighboring Countries Continue Crackdowns
February 10, 2021

Under Cover of Myanmar’s Coup, Neighboring Countries Continue Crackdowns

By Sebastian Strangio
Once again, Myanmar is the pariah state that relativizes the rest of the region’s abuses.
Amid Crackdown, Thai Court Acquits Writer in Royal Defamation Case
January 27, 2021

Amid Crackdown, Thai Court Acquits Writer in Royal Defamation Case

By Sebastian Strangio
The case against 80-year-old Bundit Aneeya stemmed from comments he made at a seminar in 2015.

Leading Thai Opposition Politician Charged With Royal Defamation
January 22, 2021

Leading Thai Opposition Politician Charged With Royal Defamation

By Sebastian Strangio
Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit had criticized a COVID-19 vaccine procurement deal involving a company owned by the Thai king.

With Severe Sentence, Thailand Deepens Its War on Critics of the Monarchy
January 20, 2021

With Severe Sentence, Thailand Deepens Its War on Critics of the Monarchy

By Sebastian Strangio
Thailand wields a controversial law in its attempt to stamp out a campaign of student-led protests.

Thai Court Gives Record 43-year Sentence for Insulting King
January 20, 2021

Thai Court Gives Record 43-year Sentence for Insulting King

By Associated Press
A woman was found guilty of violating the lese majeste law for posting audio clips to Facebook and YouTube with comments deemed critical of the monarchy.
Is Facebook Finally Standing up for Free Speech in Southeast Asia?
September 01, 2020

Is Facebook Finally Standing up for Free Speech in Southeast Asia?

By David Hutt
Facebook is pushing back against the Thai government's censorship requests. Is this a new normal -- or an exception to the government-friendly rule?

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