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Senior Indochina Correspondent @ChannelNewsAsia (Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos) Formerly based in Myanmar. Now Bangkok and around the region
24 Sep
#Thailand #protesters already gathered infront of parliament house where MPs & senators are debating on whether to amend #constitution. They'll likely be able to start taking a vote at about 6pm #Bangkok time. This is continuation of reform demands #ไปสภาไล่ขี้ข้าศักดินา
#Thailand protesters say they want to continue momentum to demand for change & to support the activists who have been vocal in asking for new #constitution, reforms to #monarchy & change in government. MPs, senators will vote on 6 motions #แก้รัฐธรรมนูญ #ไปสภาไล่ขี้ข้าศักดินา
#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
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20 Sep
Fresh grad from #Thailand #Thammasat university @o_ongkanin became a mini celebrity as he took a picture of the symbolic plaque embedded into ground by #protesters calling for national reforms in his graduation gown. This is beginning of change he feels #19กันยาทวงอํานาจคืนราษฏร
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 ImageImageImageImage
#Thailand @prayutofficial thanked all for a peaceful #protest this weekend. Said officers ensured safety of all, both authorities & protesters avoided "unnecessary tensions" by not confronting each other.
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19 Sep
#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 ImageImageImageImage
#Thailand #protest crowd certainly thinned out since last night where tens of thousands were gathered here on Sanam Luang, a royal park right infront of palace and beside #Thammasat University. Protest leader says #monarchy shouldn't be above politics #19กันยาทวงอํานาจคืนราษฏร ImageImageImageImage
#Thailand leading protest leaders stating their demands for reforms to #monarchy right infront of the #GrandPalace. These demands include getting rid of lèse majesté law, closing some of the royal offices/units & reducing budget of the palace. #19กันยาทวงอํานาจคืนราษฏร
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19 Sep
#Thailand #Bangkok protesters already trickling into protest site at #Thammasat university to demand reforms for country. Likely to be the biggest turnout in recent years. Demands include changing constitution & reforming #monarchy. #19กันยาทวงอํานาจคืนราษฎร ImageImageImageImage
1 of key #Thailand protesters already here & asking people to gather in the #Thammasat field & asking "are you ready to fight?" Thousands expected in #Bangkok to demand for democratic changes #19กันยาทวงอํานาจคืนราษฎร ImageImageImageImage
Do follow @SaksithCNA & I gathered at #Thammasat university #Bangkok #Thailand where many have already gathered way before official start time of 2pm for protest. Many say they want to be physically present despite the rain to show their determination #19กันยาทวงอํานาจคืนราษฎร. ImageImageImageImage
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15 Sep
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 ImageImageImageImage
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" ImageImageImageImage
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 Image
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14 Sep
@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 ImageImageImageImage
@UNHumanRights @mbachelet calls on #Myanmar to achieve successful & fair #elections for democratic transition by allowing all sectors of population including those living in #Rakhine #Chin #Shan to vote without discrimination. Regrets no steps taken to allow #Rohingyas to vote ImageImageImageImage
@UNHumanRights @mbachelet offers #Myanmar assistance in areas like #constitutional changes strengthening civilian/democratic control, activities to end #military impunity, new national identity based on tolerance/diversity & address statelessness to tackle #humanrights #abuses Image
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14 Sep
#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 ImageImageImageImage
*#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 ImageImageImageImage
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5 Sep
It's a Saturday & long weekend in #Thailand. Yet high school students have worn their uniforms & gathered at #bangkok #education ministry to protest & make their demands heard. Pupils from more than 40 schools are said to be present. #หนูรู้หนูมันเลว @BadStudent_ ImageImageImageImage
The students had protested at same location of #Thailand #education ministry in #Bangkok about 3 weeks ago demanding educational reforms & freedom of expression inside schools. Education Minister @Boston_Nataphol had met with some protesters then to engage them #หนูรู้หนูมันเลว ImageImageImageImage
#Thailand high school students protesting outside #Bangkok #Education Ministry wanting to engage with minister @Boston_Nataphol again & wanting to see real change in education system #หนูรู้หนูมันเลว. This just a day after prominent protest leaders jailed…
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25 Aug
#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 ImageImageImage
#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 ImageImage
@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" ImageImageImageImage
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25 Aug
On 3rd anniversary of #Rohingya exodus from #Myanmar, @OHCHRAsia urges nation to "address root causes" as it "failed to implement transparent & fully independent accountability measures for serious #HumanRights violations & possible international crimes"
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 ImageImageImageImage
When brave #Myanmar citizens like @thinzashunleiyi @maung_saungkha @Thet_Swe_Win in nation speak up for #Rohingyas esp 3 years ago, they risked & still risk being targeted, labelled as traitors or anti-Myanmar. Such activists defending Rohingyas few & far between inside Myanmar
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20 Aug
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 ImageImageImageImage
@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. ImageImageImageImage
@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 ImageImageImageImage
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19 Aug
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 ImageImageImageImage
#Thailand #education minister comes out of ministry to address the students protesting outside & media has mobbed the minister @Boston_Nataphol Students insisting he wait his turn to speak & go to the back of the line which he did #ผูกโบว์ขาวต้านเผด็จการ #เลิกเรียนไปกระทรวง ImageImageImageImage
#Thailand #Education Minister @Boston_Nataphol sits among students to hear their protest & grievances. Appears to show he's keen in listening as he's taking notes. But impossible to hear what he's saying to them. #ผูกโบว์ขาวต้านเผด็จการ #เลิกเรียนไปกระทรวง ImageImageImageImage
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13 Aug
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. ImageImageImage
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 ImageImageImageImage
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6 Aug
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 ImageImageImageImage
#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 ImageImageImageImage
#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 ImageImageImageImage
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30 Jul
#Myanmar announced at a virtual biz forum with #Japan on Wednesday it plans to have a 4th #SEZ Special Economic Zone in #Mon state. 3 other SEZs are #Thilawa in #Yangon, #Kyaukphyu in western #Rakhine & #Dawei, southeast of nation… Image
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
With this announcement of another #SEZ in #Mon #Mawlamyine, it appears #Myanmar is hoping to once again attract #Japanese investments & somewhat replicate & model the success seen in #Thilawa #Yangon. At least 50 Japanese firms operate in that SEZ. ImageImage
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30 Jun
#Thailand #Coronvavirus #COVID19 #โควิค19
Both Thais who returned from #Qatar in #quarantine. 36th day that Thailand has not seen a local transmission. Today is also day #StateofEmergency expires ImageImageImageImage
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 Image
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10 Jun
#Thailand #Coronvavirus #COVID19 #โควิค19

All new cases of #Thai citizens already in #quarantine having returned from
#Madagascar, #India and #Pakistan ImageImageImageImage
#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 ImageImageImage
#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 Image
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9 Jun
#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 ImageImageImageImage
1 of #Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister #Somkid had just commented about the internal squabbles of the ruling #PalangPracharat party on Monday as seen here…
#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 ImageImageImageImage
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26 May
#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 ImageImageImageImage
#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 ImageImageImageImage
#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 ImageImageImageImage
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26 May
#Thailand #PM spokeswoman @DrNarumonP says Mr #Prayut is busy with other matters, hence unable to hold his regular presser today. Speaking on behalf of the #PM, insists extending the #StateofEmergency till end June is for the sole purpose of curbing #Covid19 & to not see 2nd wave ImageImage
@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 Image
#Thailand #PM spokeswoman confirms government is setting up own panel to oversee the restructuring of #ThaiAirways. This will be headed by current #DPM #Wissanu including reps from #Transport #StockExchange #Finance. Govt had forced carrier to go under Bankruptcy Court Protection Image
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20 May
@GlobalJusticeC panel with ex-#UN Special Rapporteur @YangheeLeeSKKU, ex-#KofiAnnan Commission member @lvandenassum & #Rohingya @waiwainu on #Myanmar & #Rohingyas with Prof Lee saying she has seen "no progress" in Myanmar to address Rohingya discrimination. #Justice4Rohingya ImageImage
Prof Lee adds it's "ironic" to see what happened to the #Rohingyas in #Myanmar in 2017 and prior now being seen again against the #Rakhine #ethnic citizens as she highlights how the #military is shelling and attacking the residents there now #Justice4Rohingya Image
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 Image
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