#Thailand MPs, senators to vote on 6 motions on whether they agree to amend #constitution. A least 1/3 (84) senators have to agree before motion can be passed. Senators are appointed & usually vote as a bloc. Constitution now has provided for their existence #แก้รัฐธรรมนูญ
Surrounding people applauding young #Thailand graduate for taking a picture of plaque laid down by #protesters calling for #monarchy reforms, change in government & constitution. Many question how long this plaque will remain as it's infront of palace #19กันยาทวงอํานาจคืนราษฏร
#Thailand protesters & police alike ready for round 2 on 2nd day of protest at Sanam Luang, infront of Thai #grandpalace. Many camped out in the field overnight as protesters kept speeches going on almost throughout the night. #19กันยาทวงอํานาจคืนราษฏร
Ex-#Thailand opposition MP @Pannika_FWP faces harassment almost on daily basis as people want to "silence us, discredit, devalue & destroy us". But adds, "We will never be silenced". Instead says they "inspire me" to speak out even more. Encourages those harassed do the same
Ex-#Thailand Minister @kasitpirom says "squeezing space of opposition" is not conducive to freedom of expression. It also curtail the democratic life of the public in general he adds. He is speaking at the launch of new report by @ASEANMP on "Parliamentarians at Risk"
At report launch on "International Day of Democracy", @ASEANMP found at 27 opposition MPs in countries of #Malaysia#Thailand#Philippines have been/are being investigated or facing "trumped-up criminal charges opened against them". Group says weaponization of law, "lawfare" used
@UNHumanRights Chief @mbachelet says #Myanmar disagrees with her office's findings on #HumanRights abuses/#violations but she renews her offer to engage with government as that's the best way to address issue. She also hopes to see women cabinet ministers after Nov 8 elections
#Thailanf Court approves rehabilitation plan for @ThaiAirways. THAI, once a national carrier, has been suffering from losses for last 7 years. It has total liabilities of some US$10.6 billion. Rehabilitation can take some 7 yrs to accomplish. Retrenchment, deep pay cuts expected
#Thailand court considered 4 factors in approving @ThaiAirways rehabilitation plan. These include court believing airlines has ability, resources & is committed to execute plan. It also approved panel of 7 including its acting president & EY corporate advisory to carry out plan
*#Thailand misspelt. In 1st half of this year, @ThaiAirways saw a loss of US$900 million. Been in the red with losses coming from factors like #COVID19, unprofessional management of staff, inefficiently employed fleet, flying non-profitable routes. Acting president in glasses
#UN IIMM head Nicholas Koumjian speaking at @FreeRoCoalition 3rd anniversary virtual forum of #Myanmar#Rohingya mass exodus saying international justice takes long time. Says "we will do what we can for eventual justice for those who suffer" from alleged #genocidal#war crimes
#UN IIMM Chief Koumjian says those #Rohingyas who fled #Myanmar, cannot go home "continue to suffer everyday that they live outside their homes". Adds in his role, regardless of ethnicity, religion, "we're interested in human beings" to gather evidence of international crimes
@ASEANMP@mpklang says "With a heavy heart", acknowledges #Rohingya mass exodus from #Myanmar continues to be "1 of the worst humanitarian crisis". Calls for travel ban, arms embargo against perpetrators in #Myanmar#Military & to keep up pressure "to stop targeted persecution"
On the 1st anniversary of #Rohingya mass exodus from #Myanmar to #Bangladesh, I had visited the #refugee camps, seen them living in cramped, filthy conditions without work or systematic education. 3 years now, conditions worsened, #repatriation & negotiations practically stalled
Major turnout at @FCCThai with a discussion on the ongoing #Thailand pro-democracy/anti-government protests. One of the key organizers of the protests @fordtattepRuang is speaking while others arrested earlier today still making their way from court to the event. #ประเทศกูมี
@fordtattepRuang at @FCCThai now says need to "escalate" protests given the continuing harassment as seen with the arrests of pro-democracy/anti-government protesters. He's also calling on media to not exercise "self-censorship". #ประเทศกูมี Rest of speakers have arrived.
@thapanee3miti Veteran #Thailand journalist at @FCCThai says mainstream media under "alot of pressure" in covering pro-democracy issue & anti-government protests. Believes there's still media "freedom". Says she's "committed" to reporting issue but constraints exist #ประเทศกูมี
Some #Thailand students gathered outside #education ministry to continue to voice their disapproval, wanting government to step down, change the constitution & stop state intimidation. The Education Minister @Boston_Nataphol has come out to meet them #เลิกเรียนไปกระทรวง
New ministers in #Thailand gather for traditional picture in #Bangkok as 7 new faces introduced to replace those who quit last month. The new energy minister will also be a #DPM. 2 key ministers will be closely watched - energy & finance.
The new energy minister & #Thailand#DPM is ex-president of PTT Global Chemical, Supattanapong Punmeechaow (1st pic middle) & new #Finance Minister is Predee Daochai (1st pic right), ex-Kaisikorn Bank co-president. Both experienced in their respective fields.
These new ministerial additions come just alittle over a year since the cabinet took office in #Thailand after the 2019 elections. Increasingly, this government is dealing with more criticisms, growing frustrations with political climate, poor #economy ontop of #COVID19#pandemic
In a wide-ranging speech for almost an hour, #Thailand#PM#Prayut sought to rally the citizens by calling on all to stop the infighting & conflicts or the nation will "go back to square 1" & end up regressing and not progressing. This will also affect policies to be implemented
#Thailand#PM#Prayut was speaking at a local media event themed 'Thailand Rebounds'. He didn't refer specifically to the continuing protests against his administration but says all "shouldn't waste time" fighting as it'll also affect the confidence of the international community
#Thailand#PM#Prayut also highlighted how the judicial system may be undermined because of the recent ruling where charges of a fatal hit-and-run accident in 2012 against Red Bull scion were dropped. He's focusing on this as he doesn't want confidence in government diminished
Except for Thilawa SEZ, backed by the #Japanese, the other 2 have not been very successful dealing with issues like a lack of funding/investments for #Dawei SEZ & damaging environmental/resources concerns for #Kyaukphyu SEZ, in addition to #Rakhine being seen as violence-prone
But #Thailand likely to further extend period of #StateofEmergency as #PM#Prayut had repeatedly said before that the decree was necessary and had helped to manage/control the #Covid19 situation in country. Some citizens refute that arguing the government is trying to extend grip
@ASEANMP statement on likely extension of #StateofEmergency in #Thailand calling it "an excuse to prevent protests from starting and the student movement from resuming". Says "no reason anymore for government to justify emergency powers" as nation has #Covid19 under control
#Thailand planning to allow #restaurants to serve #alcohol on site where drinking will be allowed at F&B outlets. Currently, people can dine in but alcohol not allowed to be sold, consumed in-store. But #pubs#bars#clubs still shut for now. Country set to further ease next week
#Thailand has some 12 categories of businesses/venues that have been closed for more than 2 months. But come the 4th phase of easing #COVID19 measures likely to happen June 15, next Monday, government will lift some closures but with hygiene measures implemented in those places
#Thailand#PM#Prayut insisted internal changes/shake-up within ruling #PalangPracharat party will have no impact on a cabinet reshuffle. Insists any reshuffle & its timing will be based solely on his own decision. Recently 18 key execs quit, prompting cabinet change speculation
#Thailand#PM#Prayut briefly addressed the issue of allowing #foreign#tourists back into the country. He said that the nation will most likely target to allow those from #Covid19-free countries who have managed the virus well to re-enter again once #Bangkok re-opens its doors
#Thailand#PM@prayutofficial in televised speech insists he won't hasten to allow tourists back yet as nation needs to be absolutely sure in controlling virus 1st. Says must have balanced approach to tackling economic & health impact. Many have called for more easing of measures
#Thailand#PM#Prayut says #Covid19 is not just a #health crisis but an #economic one as well. That's why he has met with many in various sectors to learn about their difficulties/needs. He calls on corporations to support particularly local #SMEs that have been hit hardest
#Thailand#PM#Prayut singled out sectors like #farming#fishery#tourism & low-wage workers saying govt will listen to their suggestions help them improve their trade. He has asked authorities to exercise more efficiency in helping these groups while thanking all for cooperating
@DrNarumonP adds the extension of the #StateofEmergency till end June (Will be 3 months since introduction) is based on #health officials' advisory & not because of #politics as some have accused the #Thai govt of continuing the decree to prolong its grip/control over the people
Prof Lee highlights how it's "entirely doubtful" that the most responsible will be held accountable" for all the alleged atrocities in #Rakhine#Myanmar. Calls for nation to "dismantle" the system of discrimination against #Rohingyas & to amend the laws, reform justice system