Thai court dismisses murder charges against Abhisit and Suthep

Originally published at Siam Voices on August 29, 2014 Thailand’s Criminal Court has dismissed murder charges against former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his then-Deputy pPM Suthep Thuagsuban for their roles in the violent crackdown on anti-government protesters in 2010. Over 90 people were killed and thousands injured (both protesters and security officers) when the… More Thai court dismisses murder charges against Abhisit and Suthep

Red shirt activist accuses Thai military of ‘torture’ during detainment

Originally published at Siam Voices on August 4, 2014 A young Thai activist for the red shirt movement, who was detained by the military junta shortly after the coup under suspicious circumstances and released after much public attention about her whereabouts, has accused that she was physically assaulted and mentally abused during her detention. A… More Red shirt activist accuses Thai military of ‘torture’ during detainment

Thailand: Did Pheu Thai ‘hire motorcycle taxis’ during the 2010 protests?

Originally published at Siam Voices on July 8, 2014 Claudio Sopranzetti is an Italian post-doctorate student at Oxford University best known for his research on Bangkok’s motorcycle taxis. This handy (and at times only) mode of transportation through the often jammed streets of the Thai capital is hard to miss thanks to the drivers’ bright… More Thailand: Did Pheu Thai ‘hire motorcycle taxis’ during the 2010 protests?

Siam Voices 2013 Review – Part 1: Blowing the final whistle on Thailand’s political calm

Originally published at Siam Voices on December 27, 2013 Welcome to the Siam Voices 2013 year in review series, where we look back at the most important and interesting headlines, issues and stories that happened in Thailand this past year. Today we start with the political 2013, which looked very different when it started compared… More Siam Voices 2013 Review – Part 1: Blowing the final whistle on Thailand’s political calm

Some personal thoughts: Thai amnesty bill’s wrongs do not make one right

Originally published at Siam Voices on November 4, 2013 It all happened much quicker than anybody thought. What was anticipated to last right into the weekend was done in a day and a night, and we all are still nurturing a massive political hangover. Parliament rushed the Amnesty Bill through the second and third readings with… More Some personal thoughts: Thai amnesty bill’s wrongs do not make one right

Thailand: Tensions rise ahead of amnesty bill showdown, protests (UPDATE)

Originally published at Siam Voices on October 31, 2013 UPDATE (November 1, 8.00am): After an 18-hour marathon session ending at 4.20 am, parliament punched the Amnesty Bill through the second and third reading with 310 votes, while 4 MPs abstained: the red shirt leaders Natthawut Saikaur and Weng Tojirakarn, original bill sponsor Worachai Hema and Khattiya Sawasdipol, and the daughter… More Thailand: Tensions rise ahead of amnesty bill showdown, protests (UPDATE)

Thai gov’t faces backlash from all sides over amnesty bill

Originally published at Siam Voices on October 29, 2013 Last week, we reported on the attempts by MPs of the ruling Pheu Thai Party (PT) to amend the amnesty bill draft to include those affected by groups or organizations set up after the military coup of 2006. The original draft by PT MP Wocharai Hema pardons… More Thai gov’t faces backlash from all sides over amnesty bill

Thailand fails to find closure on Bangkok massacre

Originally published at Siam Voices on August 16, 2013 Over three years after the deadly military crackdown on the anti-government red shirt protests, battling narratives on what happened that day are still defining the current political climate – even more so with the debate on the government-sponsored amnesty bills and the release of an official inquiry… More Thailand fails to find closure on Bangkok massacre

Thailand: Reconciliation games continue as amnesty bill goes to parliament

Originally published at Siam Voices on July 26, 2013 When Thailand’s parliament reconvenes next week to continue the political season one of the most discussed and possibly the most controversial issue will be the passing of the so-called amnesty or reconciliation bill. Advertised as a means to overcome the ongoing political division by giving far-reaching… More Thailand: Reconciliation games continue as amnesty bill goes to parliament

Thailand in 2012 – Some personal thoughts (Part 1)

Originally published at Siam Voices on December 28, 2012 As tradition dictates, we’re here to yet again look back at the year gone by in Thailand. It looks quite different compared to the previous ones – at least on the surface. While we did not have to deal with week-long political protests, ‘biblical’ natural disasters,… More Thailand in 2012 – Some personal thoughts (Part 1)