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Thailand: Green Corporate Tax Incentive

(Dec. 16, 2010) Thailand's Cabinet on November 9, 2010, approved the issuance of a royal decree that exempts companies from the payment of corporate tax on income derived from the sale of Certified Emission Reduction Credits (CERs) and Verified Emission Reductions (VERs). The exemption will apply for three consecutive years, beginning with the first accounting […]

Thailand: NGOs Press for End of Emergency

(June 25, 2010) On June 22, 2010, 55 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) issued a statement asking that the Thai government end the state of emergency that has been in place in the country since April 2010. In addition, the groups urged Thailand to improve conditions for freedom of expression and the independence of the judiciary. Since […]

Thailand: Lèse Majesté Suit Filed Against Webmaster

(Apr. 9, 2010) On March 31, 2010, public prosecutors in Thailand filed a lawsuit against webmaster Chiranuch Premchaipom on charges of failing to remove comments deemed offensive to the country's monarchy from the discussion board of, the independent online news website that Chiranuch directs. She has been released on bail, set at THB300,000 (about […]

Thailand: Court Denies Injunction Against Protest

(Apr. 7, 2010) On April 5, 2010, a court in Thailand denied a request from that nation's government for an injunction against protesters in the capital city of Bangkok. The request concerned protesters in the business district and would have forced the organizers to move the event out of the area after three days. (Dwyer […]

Thailand: Political Activist Sentenced to 18-Year Prison Term for Violating Lese Majeste Law

(Sept. 10, 2009) On August 28, 2009, Thai political activist Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul was sentenced by a criminal court to 18 years of imprisonment on charges of insulting the royal family, in violation of Thailand's law on lese majeste, during a July 2008 speech he made at a political rally for ousted former Premier Thaksin Shinawatra. […]

Thailand: Procedure for Refusal of Treatment by Terminally Ill

(Aug. 28, 2009) The Thai press reported on August 21, 2009, that the country's National Health Commission Office had approved a draft directive addressing terminally ill patients' right to refuse treatment that only prolongs life. The document prescribes how such patients can write a letter of intent declining the treatment. Before the draft directive can […]

Laos; Thailand: Resettlement Abroad of Some Hmong Refugees

(Apr. 30, 2009) Kasit Priomya, Thailand's Foreign Minister, visited the United States in late April 2009, and he discussed the status of ethnic Hmong refugees from Laos now living in a detention center in Thailand. Meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he said that the Hmong “are regarded as political asylum seekers, so […]

Thailand: First Product Liability Law Coming into Force

(Feb. 5, 2009) On February 20, 2009, Thailand's Liability for Damages Caused by Unsafe Goods Act B.E. 2551 will enter into force. The country's first product liability law, the Act is described as “groundbreaking legislation as it empowers the court, for the first time, to grant punitive damages to injured parties. “Thailand – Product Liability […]

Thailand: New Reporting Requirements for Mutual Funds

(Nov. 26, 2008) It was reported on October 30, 2008, that mutual fund companies in Thailand, with the exception of property funds, must now disclose their portfolio holdings on a monthly basis, rather than every six months. More specifically, companies must make public, within 15 days after the end of the month, the portfolio's top […]

Thailand: Former Prime Minister Found Guilty

(Oct. 28, 2008) Media sources have reported that Thailand's Supreme Court has found the former Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, guilty of abusing his office and sentenced him to two years in prison. The finding and sentence were passed in absentia, as Thaksin Shinawatra is currently in the United Kingdom. It is likely that Thailand will […]