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Senior Indochina Correspondent @ChannelNewsAsia (Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos) Formerly based in Myanmar. Now Bangkok and around the region
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Nov 8, 2021 5 tweets 9 min read
THREAD: A year ago today Nov 8, #Myanmar held its elections where #AungSanSuuKyi #NLD won in an even bigger landslide than 2015 with over 80% of total contested seats. But this win has led to a #militarycoup takeover on Feb 1 (1/5)
#WhatsHappeninglnMyanmar… #Myanmar citizens' resounding support for #AungSanSuuKyi #NLD caught all especially military by surprise. The results caused greater discomfort for #military who used that as a key basis to stage a #coup alleging electoral fraud which independent election observers refute (2/5)
Nov 6, 2021 4 tweets 8 min read
THREAD: #UN #IIMM Independent Investigative Mechanism for #Myanmar @koumjian updated since Feb 1 #coup, he has received over 200,000 communications, collected over 1.5 million items of evidence. Says facts show "widespread & systematic attacks" amounting to #CrimesAgainstHumanity #UN #IIMM head @koumjian when asked what he thought of #US ex-governor @GovRichardson's visit to Myanmar meeting #military chief on Nov 2. Mr Richardson was said to be on 4-day humanitarian mission to #Myanmar. Since then, little information been released #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
Sep 6, 2021 6 tweets 8 min read
#Myanmar foreign ministry issues statement accusing the #UN of "selectively targeting" the nation by using "exaggerated numbers & figures which are not verifiable". Accuses UN team in #Yangon of not communicating/verifying information with the ministry #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar This comes just ahead of upcoming Sept 14 #UN's 75th General Assembly where world leaders will gather & where it'll be determined whose credentials of the #Myanmar representative UN will accept. That of a #Military nominee or 1 by civilian @NUGMyanmar? #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
Sep 24, 2020 44 tweets 79 min read
#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
Sep 20, 2020 5 tweets 8 min read
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
Sep 19, 2020 13 tweets 21 min read
#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
Sep 19, 2020 17 tweets 30 min read
#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
Sep 15, 2020 6 tweets 9 min read
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
Sep 14, 2020 13 tweets 22 min read
@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
Sep 14, 2020 6 tweets 9 min read
#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
Sep 5, 2020 12 tweets 22 min read
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
Aug 25, 2020 7 tweets 13 min read
#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
Aug 25, 2020 5 tweets 10 min read
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
Aug 20, 2020 9 tweets 16 min read
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
Aug 19, 2020 13 tweets 25 min read
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
Aug 13, 2020 8 tweets 11 min read
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
Aug 6, 2020 5 tweets 9 min read
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
Jul 30, 2020 5 tweets 9 min read
#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
Jun 30, 2020 5 tweets 9 min read
#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
Jun 10, 2020 4 tweets 8 min read
#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
Jun 9, 2020 5 tweets 10 min read
#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…