Thai woman handed record four-decade jail term for lese majeste

A Thai woman accused of insulting the royal family was jailed Tuesday for more than 43 years, a legal rights group said, the harshest punishment ever handed out under the country’s strict lese majeste laws. The verdict comes as Thailand ramps up its use of the controversial legislation against democracy protesters, whose demands include reforms […]

Asia and the Pacific regional overview of food security and nutrition 2020: Maternal and child diets at the heart of improving nutrition

UN agencies warn economic impact of COVID-19 and worsening inequalities will fuel malnutrition for billions in Asia and the Pacific Child and maternal diets particularly vulnerable 20/01/2021, Bangkok, Thailand – The economic impact of COVID-19 on the world’s most populous region is threatening to further undermine efforts to improve diets and nutrition of nearly two billion […]

Ratsadon group demand apology for alleged attack by Icon Siam mall guard

Anti-establishment protesters demonstrated in front of Icon Siam shopping mall on Tuesday, to demand an apology from its management after a security guard allegedly assaulted one of the protesters. Three members of the “United Front Thammasat and Demonstrations”, which is affiliated with the Ratsadon anti-establishment group, rallied at the mall, carrying placards protesting the government’s […]

Fresh push to abolish lese majeste law triggers fierce pushback from Thai establishment

Thailand’s heated debate over the lèse-majesté law has been revived, with supporters and detractors clashing on social media following the arrest of dozens of alleged violators in recent weeks. Some politicians have called for the repeal of Article 112 of the Criminal Code, under which defaming, insulting or threatening the King, the Queen, the heir-apparent […]

Myanmar cancels Thai investment in controversial mega-port

Myanmar on Monday announced it was cancelling contracts with a Thai industrial giant to work on a controversial deep sea port project. The Dawei mega-project was touted as a way to encourage foreign investment in Myanmar as it emerged from decades of military rule, but it has been hit by numerous setbacks, including funding struggles […]

Ratsadon group demand apology for alleged attack by Icon Siam mall guard

Anti-establishment protesters demonstrated in front of Icon Siam shopping mall on Tuesday, to demand an apology from its management after a security guard allegedly assaulted one of the protesters. Three members of the “United Front Thammasat and Demonstrations”, which is affiliated with the Ratsadon anti-establishment group, rallied at the mall, carrying placards protesting the government’s […]