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Ex-Thai PM Charged With Murder Over Crackdown on ‘Red Shirts’

Posted December 6th, 2012 at 7:45 am (UTC-5)
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Former Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva will face murder charges related to a military crackdown against protesters at a 2010 “Red Shirt” opposition rally. The decision to charge Mr. Abhisit along with ex-Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban represents the first charges against government officials for the clashes that left more than 90 people dead. Tarit […]

Thai Police Fire Tear Gas at Bangkok Rally

Posted November 24th, 2012 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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Thai riot police have fired tear gas to control an anti-government crowd that has massed in downtown Bangkok. Thousands of police were deployed for the rally Saturday, organized by the royalist group Pitak Siam, which wants Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s government to step down. The government has invoked the Internal Security Act, allowing police to […]

Thai Monks Rally Against Muslim Violence

Posted October 3rd, 2012 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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Buddhist monks are protesting a wave of violence targeting the Buddhist community in Bangladesh. About 200 monks marched peacefully in Bangkok, some carrying banners pleading for peace and harmony. Others carried posters demanding an end to “Muslim Terrorism” against Bangladesh’s small Buddhist community. A monk from Chittagong, Phra Jyotisen Bhikko, called for U.N. help. ”If […]

Rights Watchdog Slams Thai Refugee Policies

Posted September 13th, 2012 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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Human Rights Watch is blasting what it calls Thailand’s “arbitrary” policies toward refugees that it says leave thousands vulnerable to arrest and deportation. In a report Thursday, the rights monitoring group documented Thailand’s treatment of the estimated 140,000 refugees bunched in camps along Thailand’s border with Burma. The report said refugees living within the remote […]

Burma, Thailand Agree to Link Economic Zones

Posted July 23rd, 2012 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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Burma and Thailand have signed a memorandum of understanding on the development of a special economic zone. Burmese President Thein Sein said Monday, on the second day of his visit to Bangkok, that the two countries have agreed to improve transportation routes between them. They plan to build a cross-border corridor linking Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard […]

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Burma’s President Visits Thailand

Posted July 22nd, 2012 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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Burma’s President Thein Sein arrived in Thailand Sunday for a three-day visit, after postponing the trip twice. The Burmese leader will meet with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday. The two are likely to discuss development and investment in Burma and the status of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohinghya refugees who fled ethnic […]

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Burma’s President Visits Thailand

Posted July 21st, 2012 at 11:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Burma’s President Thein Sein begins a three-day visit to Thailand Sunday, after postponing the trip twice. The Burmese leader will meet with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday. The two are likely to discuss investment in Burma and the status of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohinghya refugees who fled ethnic violence in Burma. […]

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Thailand High Court Dismisses Challenges to Constitutional Amendments

Posted July 13th, 2012 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s Constitutional Court has dismissed opposition petitions challenging the legality of government amendments to the constitution. The court ruled Friday that the changes do not threaten the role of the monarchy, but also said a referendum is necessary to decide whether the government can go ahead with the amendments. The current constitution was drawn up […]

Thailand High Court to Rule on Constitutional Amendments

Posted July 13th, 2012 at 1:50 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s Constitutional Court will decide on Friday whether government plans to amend the constitution are legal. The current constitution was drawn up by the military, which deposed former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, and the party of current prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra — Thaksin’s sister — says the amendments are needed to bring more democracy to […]

US Citizen Jailed for Insulting Thai King Freed by Royal Pardon

Posted July 11th, 2012 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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A U.S. man who was sentenced to 30 months in a Thai prison for insulting the king has been freed by a royal pardon. Joe Gordon was convicted in December for translating parts of a locally banned biography about King Bhumibol Adulyadej U.S. Embassy spokesperson Walter Braunohler told VOA he does not know the reason […]

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