Thailand

Thai junta panel moves to allay fears over draft charter

BANGKOK - The panel appointed by Thailand's military government to draft a new constitution after the previous one was torn up following a May coup sought to allay growing criticism on Monday amid calls for more public involvement.

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Activist monk seeks Buddhism overhaul in Thailand over corruption fears 01 Mar 2015

NAKHON PATHOM, Thailand - Phra Buddha Issara is a monk with a mission. From his Buddhist temple near Bangkok he is calling for a radical overhaul of Thai Buddhism, fearing millions of dollars in temple donations and a rapidly modernizing nation are corrupting monks.

Thai bill to restrict protests sails through first reading 26 Feb 2015

BANGKOK - Thailand's parliament voted overwhelmingly on Thursday in favour of a bill that restricts political demonstrations, something critics fear will be used to smother dissent after martial law is lifted.

Overfishing drives Thai boats to use more slave labour, sail further 25 Feb 2015

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Decades of overfishing and the international demand for cheap seafood mean Thai boats are increasingly turning to slave labour as fishermen flee worsening working conditions, a rights group said on Wednesday.

Thai anti-graft body indicts 250 former MPs over charter change 24 Feb 2015

BANGKOK - Thailand's anti-graft agency indicted 250 former lawmakers on Tuesday, a member of the body said, in a ruling that will further erode the influence of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

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Thailand jails two on royal insult charge over play 23 Feb 2015

BANGKOK - Thailand sentenced two students to jail on Monday for 2-1/2 years for insulting the monarchy in a university play, in a case which drew dozens of activists to a protest outside the court in defiance of a ban on demonstrations.

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Thailand bans surrogacy for foreigners in bid to end 'rent-a-womb' tourism 20 Feb 2015

BANGKOK - Thailand's interim parliament has passed a law that bans foreigners from seeking surrogacy services to end a "rent-a-womb" industry that made the Southeast Asian country a top destination for fertility tourism.

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Thailand files charges against former PM Yingluck 19 Feb 2015

BANGKOK - Thailand's attorney general filed charges against deposed prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday, in a case that could result in a 10-year jail term if she is found guilty.

Thailand fails to tackle human trafficking and abuse - rights group 17 Feb 2015

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thailand's efforts to combat human trafficking in its multi-billion dollar fishing industry have been "wholly inadequate", and it has failed to end officials' involvement in trafficking and labour abuses, a rights group said.

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Thai students the 'last group standing' in protesting army coup 16 Feb 2015

BANGKOK - Thai student protesters billing themselves as the "last group standing" in seeking to end military rule said on Monday they would openly defy what one leader called a tyrannical regime nine months after the army seized power.