Freshly-released anti-coup student activists tell stories from jail

Freed anti-junta activists from the Dao Din group talk to Prachatai about their experience in jail and how they learned about the value of freedom. GUEST CONTRIBUTION by Panida Dumri and Nattamon Krajangdararat First published on Prachatai English On Wednesday 8 July, the 14 anti-junta activists from the New Democracy Movement (NDM) were released after […]

US activists support detained thai students and protest military rule in Thailand

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – On Monday morning, employees of the Royal Thai Consulate-General of Los Angeles and nearby pedestrians were greeted by protesters standing in support of the 14 students who were arrested in Bangkok on June 26. The event was organized by the Educational Network for Global and Grassroots Exchange (ENGAGE), a non-profit network […]

Apichatpong’s ‘Cemetery of Splendour’ Draws standing ovation at Cannes

At the world premiere of Cemetery of Splendour at Cannes Film Festival last week, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s newest work was well received. But despite receiving a standing ovation and being celebrated among film critics, the director came home empty-handed in the prize ceremony. Set in his hometown Khon Kaen, Cemetery of Splendour (Thai: Rak Thi Khon […]

NEWS UPDATE: Seven student activists in Khon Kaen are released on bail

KHON KAEN – This morning, seven student activists from Khon Kaen University were released on bail of 7,500 baht from police custody after being charged with violating the National Council for Peace and Order’s (NCPO) ban on political gatherings. The student activists from the Dao Din group had staged an anti-coup protest at Khon Kaen […]

Students set to be charged for anniversary protest of the coup in Khon Kaen

KHON KAEN – Seven Khon Kaen University students who held a sign reading, “Anti Coup,” at Khon Kaen’s Democracy Monument this afternoon have been detained at the Khon Kaen Police Station. The students from the activist group Dao Din said on the group’s Facebook that it is likely they will be charged with violating Article […]

VIDEO & FEATURE: Life after eviction

Eight months after the implementation of the Thai government’s Master Plan to reforest the country, villagers in Isaan bear the burden of a flawed policy at the cost of their livelihood and health. GUEST CONTRIBUTION by Sarah Sanbar GUEST VIDEO FEATURE by Margaret Kierstead KALASIN – Three thousand rubber trees lie fallen on top of each […]

Khon Kaen University’s transition to autonomy leaves uncertain future

The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) passed bills to privatize Khon Kaen University and three other higher education institutions. The continuing privatization of Thailand’s universities raises concerns among student activists and academics who warn of soaring tuition fees, exclusion of lower income students, and too much power moving into the hands of too few.

Draft constitution neglects minority rights of millions

This editorial provides an analysis of the 2015 Draft Constitution using the unofficial English translation here. The Thai version is available here. GUEST EDITORIAL by John Draper In the draft constitution, there is no explicit mention of minorities or minority rights, making this constitution the only one in ASEAN to not have a provision for […]

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