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Thailand’s Amnesty Law: Trigger for a New Round of Conflict?

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Download Thailand has suffered a great deal of political instability over the last few years with a series of coups, changes in government, and mass demonstrations.

Many believe that these have left Thai people with deep wounds.

To heal these wounds, Thailand is now proposing four amnesty bills.

Kannikar Petchkaew has more.

Last Updated ( Monday, 01 April 2013 11:09 )

Court Deals Another Blow to Media Freedom in Thailand

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Download In Thailand, human rights groups have voiced concern over the jailing of a magazine editor for defaming the country's king.

Somyot Prueksakasemsuk was sentenced on Wednesday to eleven years' in prison, but his lawyers plan to appeal.

Mr Somyot, who pleaded not guilty, was arrested in 2010, charged with Lèse-Majesté over two articles published in the 'Voice of Thaksin' magazine.

Amnesty International said Mr Somyot was a 'prisoner of conscience' and called the sentence 'regressive'. It was an opinion echoed by the Southeast Asian Press Alliance, SEAPA.

Sen Lam from Radio Australia speaks with Gayathry Venkiteswaran, SEAPA Executive Director in Bangkok.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 26 January 2013 15:09 )

Thai Lèse-majesté Law: Truth to be Told

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Download King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand turns 85 this year.

Thousands of people gathered in the streets of Bangkok to celebrate his birthday.

During his 66 years on the throne, King Bhumibol has been well respected by many Thais, but any offence against the monarch is severely punished under Thailand’s strict lèse-majesté law.

Human Rights Watch have urged the government to amend the law, but the government says they have no plans to do so.

Kannikar Petchkaew has more from Bangkok.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 15 December 2012 13:10 )

Thai Underwear Workers’ Fight Back

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Download Former workers of the multinational lingerie manufacturer, Triumph International, are now producing thousands of pieces of underwear for sale in Europe.

These workers were laid-off without warning three years ago. In total nearly 2,000 female workers lost their jobs.

Triumph International said it was necessary to lay-off the workers due to a fall in global orders and the restructuring of the company.

The ex-workers are fighting back and using their skills to produce high quality underwear with a new brand: “Try Arm”.

As Kannikar Petchkaew reports from Samutprakarn, south of Bangkok, for these workers it’s more than just underwear.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 01 December 2012 13:21 )

The United Nations: Stop Criminalizing Sex Workers

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Download A United Nations’ report calls for decriminalization of prostitution in Asia to combat the spread of AIDS in the region.

Researchers say in places where prostitution is banned, sex workers are especially vulnerable because their work is stigmatized and illegal.

In Thailand, prostitution is illegal and sex workers have no access to medical facilities and are often harassed by the police.

Ron Corben has more from Bangkok.

Last Updated ( Monday, 12 November 2012 16:27 )
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