Another day, another squeeze on Thailand’s freedom

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Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra (C) receives flowers from supporters as she leaves after a hearing on criminal charges stemming from her government’s rice price subsidy, at the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions in Bangkok, Thailand, 19 May 2015. 

When Thailand’s generals seized power in Bangkok in May 2014, the world was rightly concerned that the overthrow of elected leader Yingluck Shinawatra would herald a period of repression.


The European Union suspended partnership agreements, while US Secretary of State John Kerry hardly minced his words, declaring “no justification” for the coup while announcing a review of US military assistance. Both Brussels and Washington made clear that their course of action depends firmly on the junta’s attitude towards Thai democracy and fundamental freedoms.
A year on and no further international action has been taken. And yet during the same period, Thailand’s self-appointed ruler Gener...


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