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Thailand: Move by Parliament to Amend the Constitution

(May 21, 2013) On April 7, 2013, the Thai Parliament voted to approve three bills in furtherance of the government’s plan to amend the Constitution. The bills were submitted separately, because there are three very different subjects addressed by the amendments: the authority to conclude treaties, the senators, and the “overthrow of the democratic regime.” […]

Thailand: Transportation Infrastructure Megaprojects Loan Bill

(Apr. 19, 2013) The Thai government recently announced that it plans to invest two trillion baht (about US$68.8 billion) in infrastructure development megaprojects, most of them involving transportation, over the next seven years. The government plans to borrow the funds over that period, with repayment to be spread out over the next five decades. The […]

Thailand: Man Sentenced for Insulting Royal Family

(Apr. 8, 2013) On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine was for violations of copyright law, the prison term resulted from his being found guilty of […]

Thailand: Cabinet Approves Anti-Trafficking Plan

(Mar. 19, 2013) On February 27, 2013, the Thai Cabinet approved an urgent master plan intended to allow the government to implement more anti-trafficking strategies in 2013. This master plan was proposed by the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security. Associated state agencies will step up efforts to implement the details to support the […]

Thailand: Promise to End Unregulated Ivory Trade

(Mar. 7, 2013) Speaking to the members of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), Thailand’s Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, announced that trade in ivory would be stopped in the country, although no time for an end to the trade was given. The parties to the Convention are meeting in Bangkok from March […]

Thailand: Journalist Sentenced for Royal Insult

(Jan. 25, 2013) On January 23, 2013, Somyot Pruksakasemsuk, a magazine editor and political activist, was sentenced to an 11-year term of imprisonment by a Thai court. He was convicted under section 112 of the country’s Criminal Code, which outlaws defaming, insulting, or threatening the King, Queen, heir-apparent, or regent; the provision is known as […]

Taiwan; Thailand: Agreement to Fight Economic Crime Signed

(Jan. 22, 2013) On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried out by means of telecommunications. The Representative of the ROC to Thailand, Henry M. J. Chen, and Kriangsak Kittichaisaree, Chen’s Thai counterpart, carried out the signing […]

Taiwan; Thailand: Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement Signed

(Dec. 5, 2012) Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed an agreement on the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of income tax evasion. The accord is expected to take effect by the end of the […]

Thailand: Court Rules on Draft Constitutional Amendment

(Aug. 7, 2012) Thailand's ruling Phuea Thai party has for the moment withdrawn plans to amend the nation's Constitution, in part due to a court decision. In late July 2012, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled on five complaints that had been lodged over the proposed amendment. The revision, which would have affected section 291 of the […]

Thailand: Medicinal Plants Protected in More Areas

(Apr. 13, 2012) The Thai government has added eight more places to the list of twelve previously designated locations that are medicinal plant protection zones. A dozen species of plants used in traditional medicines have been found to be at risk of extinction. (Protected Areas for Herbal Plants in Eight Provinces, THE NATION (Apr. 10, […]