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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 […]

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 Prachatai.com, 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 […]