Pressing questions after human trafficking grave found in southern Thailand

Originally published at Siam Voices on May 5, 2015 Thailand’s military government is facing new pressure following the discovery of a mass grave in the country’s south, where dozens of bodies, presumably victims of human trafficking, were buried. Police have made several arrests linked to the crime and the Thai junta has vowed to take action. The shallow graves… More Pressing questions after human trafficking grave found in southern Thailand

Siam Voices 2013 review – Part 3: The Rohingya, unwelcomed and ignored

Originally published at Siam Voices on December 29, 2013 In the third part of our Siam Voices 2013 year in review series, we highlight the plight of Southeast Asia’s most persecuted refugees, the Rohingya. In Thailand, it seems that they are particularly unwelcomed by authorities. Ever since neighboring Myanmar has gradually opened up to the… More Siam Voices 2013 review – Part 3: The Rohingya, unwelcomed and ignored

Thai navy sues journalists after reports on Rohingya trafficking

Originally published at Siam Voices on December 19, 2013 The Royal Thai Navy has filed defamation charges against international journalists for their reports on authorities being involved in human trafficking of ethnic Rohingya refugees. The move sends a chilling reminder to the media about the dismal state of press freedom in Thailand, the easy exploitation… More Thai navy sues journalists after reports on Rohingya trafficking

Thai minister accuses Rohingya refugees of ‘feigning pitifulness’

Originally published at Siam Voices on August 21, 2013 In the past year an estimated that over 35,000 Rohingya – an ethnic minority group from Burma who are denied citizenship there and targeted in deadly persecution (partly incited by Buddhist monks) – fled on often overcrowded and frail boats to the Andaman Sea. They often land… More Thai minister accuses Rohingya refugees of ‘feigning pitifulness’

UPDATED: Thailand moves to deport 800 Rohingya as exodus continues

Originally published at Siam Voices on January 16, 2013 Thailand is moving to deport around 800 Rohingya, underlining the country’s continuing policy of refusing Burma’s (Myanmar) persecuted ethnic minority asylum status. The refugees were found in an army-led raids on human trafficker camps in the Southern Thai border province of Songkhla last week and are now detained. There are reportedly… More UPDATED: Thailand moves to deport 800 Rohingya as exodus continues

Did a Thai MP really tell Thai women it’s better to marry a foreigner?

Originally published at Siam Voices on August 29, 2012 Sunai Julphongsathorn, a Pheu Thai Party MP from Chum Saeng in Nakhon Sawan Province and the chairman of the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs, was at the center of controversy recently over his alleged advice that poor Thai women should marry a farang (a Western foreigner), since… More Did a Thai MP really tell Thai women it’s better to marry a foreigner?

Thai national park head files lèse majesté complaint against NHRC

Originally published at Siam Voices on May 14, 2012 A long dispute between Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and Kaeng Krachan National Park over the forced eviction of ethnic Karen people has escalated into a lèse majesté complaint filed by the park’s head Chaiwat Limlikhit-aksorn against NHRC commissioner Niran Phithakwatchara and NHRC subcommittee members. Prachatai reports the complaint… More Thai national park head files lèse majesté complaint against NHRC

Foreigners at the Red Shirt Protest

The Nation ran an article today asking a few (western) foreigners participating in the red shirt protests. An American appeared on the stage yesterday, despite the government’s enforcement of the emergency decree. (…) While on stage, he addressed the crowd in English, saying that the United States took a long time to establish democracy. “What you’re… More Foreigners at the Red Shirt Protest