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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(Aug. 7, 2012) Thailand's ruling Phuea Thai party has for the moment withdrawn plans to amend the nation's Constitution, in part due to a court decision.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, […]

Thailand: Notification Restricting Foreign Takeovers of Telecom Businesses

(Oct. 5, 2011) Thailand's acting National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) published a notification on August 30, 2011, in the ROYAL THAI GOVERNMENT GAZETTE, that restricts “foreign domination” of the country's telecommunications businesses. According to a Baker & McKenzie note on the measure, “[i]t is one of the most controversial notifications to come from the […]

Thailand; United Nations: Special Rapporteur Says More Must Be Done on Human Trafficking

(Aug. 24, 2011) On August 19, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, said that Thailand must work more effectively against human trafficking. In addition, the country should do more to protect migrant workers, who are vulnerable to exploitation. She also called for an attitude of zero tolerance of […]

Cambodia; Thailand: Indonesia Offers Assistance Toward Resolving Border Dispute

(May 11, 2011) On May 8, 2011, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) concluded a summit meeting in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, which is currently chairing the Association. Among the issues discussed was the border dispute between two of the organization's ten member states, Cambodia and Thailand. The Prime Ministers of the two […]