The FORSEA Board is gravely concerned about the politically motivated attack on our colleague – FORSEA co-founder and Kyoto University professor Pavin Chachavalpongpun in his own bedroom in Kyoto a month ago.
The attacks against Ja New add to a long list of violent acts against political activists in the past years. These political activists have been promoting democracy in the age of the military rule.
In Berlin, Los Angeles, Sydney and London, pro-democracy individuals gathered to condemn the coup that took place five years ago, May 22, 2014.
FORSEA joins Parti Sosialis Malaysis in expressing concern about the arrest and repatriation of a Thai dissident, from Malaysia to Thailand, to possibly face persecution for her political views.
The main findings of the FORSEA report give further credence to already widespread concerns among many in Thailand and in the international community regarding the fairness and transparency of the 2019 elections.
Royal absolutism is likely to pick up speed following the coronation. The possibility of consensus-making will diminish the more absolutism grows, and so too will the likelihood of political conflict.
One hopes that elections will actually be held this time around. Failure by the government to keep to the recently announced date could lead to political instability.