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Thailand: Constitutional Referendum to Be Held

(June 5, 2015) The government of Thailand, a country that has been under military rule since a May 2014 coup, announced on May 19, 2015, that it will hold a referendum on a new draft constitution completed in April 2015. The draft law is to replace the interim Constitution adopted in July 2014; the junta, […]

Thailand: Proposed Law to Place Restrictions on Tobacco Sales

(May 28, 2015) On May 26, 2015, Thailand’s Cabinet approved a draft law on tobacco control; the legislation was first sent to the Cabinet by the Ministry of Public Health in December 2014. The provisions include raising the minimum age for the purchase of cigarettes from 18 to 20 and banning the sale of individual […]

Thailand: Draft of New Constitution Completed

(May 5, 2015) On April 17, 2015, Thailand’s Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) completed the first draft of a new Constitution. Relevant stakeholders, including the Cabinet, the military, and the National Reform Council, will have the opportunity until May 25 to review the document and submit proposals for amendments to the CDC. (Aukkarapon Niyomyat, Draft Thai […]

Thailand: New Surrogacy Law

(Apr. 6, 2015) On February 19, 2015, the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand enacted the Protection for Children Born Through Assisted Reproductive Technologies Act (ART Act), which will be enforced after it is published in the Royal Thai Government Gazette. (Senate Meeting Minutes (Feb. 19, 2015), Thai Senate website; text of the Act, Thai Senate […]

Thailand: Draft Laws to Promote Digital Economy

(Dec. 17, 2014) On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand’s Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry.  (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for Draft Laws on Digital Economy Committee, Restructuring of ICT Ministry, NATION (Dec. 16, 2014).) One proposed law is on […]

Thailand: Court Invalidates Election

(Mar. 28, 2014) On March 21, 2014, Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled that the country’s general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) The election results were found not lawful by a six-to-three vote of the Justices, based on the fact that the voting […]

Cambodia; Indonesia; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Thailand: Regional Agreement on Protecting Witnesses and Victims

(Nov. 25, 2013) Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, and Thailand have agreed to establish a technical agency charged with improving cooperation among their national agencies in protecting witnesses and victims of transnational crime. The agreement was reached during a meeting held in Kuta, on the Indonesian island of Bali, that ended on […]

Thailand: Draft Amnesty Law Approved by House Likely to Be Turned Down by Senate

(Nov. 12, 2013) On November 1, 2013, Thailand’s House of Representatives approved legislation that would grant amnesty for crimes committed during the period of political unrest in the country following the ouster of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra by a military coup in 2006. The legislation was put forward by the pro-Thaksin ruling party, Pheu […]

Thailand: Draft Legislation on Civil Partnerships for Same-Sex Couples

(Nov. 5, 2013) It was reported on September 19, 2013, that the Thai government plans to introduce landmark legislation on civil partnerships that would extend most marriage protections, rights, and benefits to same-sex couples. If approved by the Thai Parliament, it would be the first civil partnership law to be adopted in Southeast Asia. (Warangkana […]

Thailand: Crisis in Thai Rice Pledging Scheme

(Aug. 7, 2013) In mid-June 2013, the Thai government admitted that its rice subsidy program had lost 136 billion baht (about US$4.4 billion) in payments to support a rice pledging scheme for the country’s 2011-2012 growing season. (James Hookway, Thai Rice Aid Under Fire, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (June 17, 2013) [subscription required for access].) […]