Tag: Thailand

Informational Autocrats are on the rise in Southeast Asia: Opinion by a Co-Founder of FORSEA

Thai authorities want to arrest Pavin Chachavalpongpun, a co-founder of FORSEA and associate professor at Kyoto University. In an interview with DW, Pavin slams the new generation of autocrats who are engaged in information manipulation.

/ April 8, 2021

Like China, Russia and Saudi Arabia, Thailand’s regime hunts down its opponents around the world

What is happening to dissidents in Thailand must be exposed and discussed within the context of the ruthless tactics adopted by the despotic regimes of China, Russia and Saudi Arabia. It is time that the West sees the true nature of the Thai monarchy: a despotic regime that harasses, threatens, and kills its critics.

/ April 5, 2021

FORSEA Co-organises an Online Music Fest to Aid Thai Protesters

M.O.B., standing for “Melody of Bravery”, is a congregation of Thai singers that sing for public donation. The initiative behind M.O.B. stems from the fact that human rights organisations in Thailand, in their attempt to offer different types of legal support for those arrested, are in urgent financial need.

/ April 2, 2021

FORSEA Dialogue on Democratic Struggles across Southeast Asia: A Natural Alliance between Thai and Myanmar Democratic Struggles

Dissidents and leading scholars of Thailand and Myanmar, Pavin Chachavpongpun and Muang Zarni, will reflect on the emerging alliance between the two democratic movements in their respective countries and their determination to end the two militaries' usurpation of state power.

/ March 25, 2021

Thai and Myanmar Militaries: Both Locked their Nations into Cycles of Nation-Destroying Coups

In their one-hour discussion, Pavin Chachavalpongpun and Maung Zarni, the Thai and Burmese exiles who co-founded FORSEA, draw lessons from the two countries’ vicious cycles of military coups – going back almost a century, in the case of the Kingdom of Thailand and six-decades in the case of post-colonial Myanmar.

/ February 6, 2021
Coup, King, Crisis cover FORSEA

Now Published: Coup, King, Crisis: A Critical Interregnum in Thailand

The prospects of the inevitable end of the Bhumibol era loomed large over 21st century Thailand. Events have now taken their course and King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been crowned. The new King is beginning to make his presence felt, but in important ways, Thailand is still in an interregnum: a time when the old order is dying but a new one struggles to be born.

/ January 3, 2021

The Thai King Sends Messages Presaging Conflict in Thailand

Three months have passed and the protests in Thailand have intensified. One of the main messages of the demonstrations has become clear—the protesters believe the monarchy is in need of immediate reform. In just three months, Thais have repeatedly stretched the boundaries of what is acceptable to discuss in public—and at large gatherings—regarding the monarchy.

/ October 29, 2020
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Abduction and Killing of Thai Dissidents

From 2016 to 2020, at least ten activists residing outside Thai borders were killed, abducted and forcedly disappeared. Most of them happened to be anti-monarchists.

/ October 14, 2020

Militaries in Politics: Thailand and the Philippines

Mesrob Vartavarian discusses the history of the militaries of both Thailand and the Philippines and explains how they became so deeply involved in their country's politics.

/ September 19, 2020
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Burmese activists express solidarity with Thai student protestors

Over the years, thousands of Burmese dissidents have received support and space from Thai communities, politicians and even governments in Bangkok. They now call for solidarity protests across Southeast Asia in support of young Thai protesters on the streets of Bangkok.

/ August 29, 2020