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Showing posts with label Thailand. Show all posts
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Friday, September 3, 2021

Timeline: Thailand’s coups

 May 23 2014
( For Reference Only )

Thailand’s army staged a coup on Thursday, the 12th since the establishment of a constitutional monarchy in 1932. General Prayuth Chan-ocha, Thai army chief and head of the new ruling junta, has suspended the constitution, rounded up politicians and flushed protesters off the streets.

1932 Promoters Revolution King Prajadhipok (Rama VII) overthrown in a bloodless coup by a military junta led by educated radicals know as the “promoters”– most notably Pridi Phanomyang, Maj. Phibun Songkhram and Col Phahon Phonphayuhasena. The coup ended almost seven centuries of absolute monarchy.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Supporting stranded Rohingya in Thailand

Source : ECHO
10th August 2021

© IOM Thailand
Despite early success in controlling the pandemic in 2020, Thailand has been gripped by rapidly rising COVID-19 cases and deaths in 2021, driven by the more virulent Delta variant. This has significantly impacted on health and the economy – especially among the vulnerable.

The pandemic has extended to Thailand’s refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers, who face compounded burdens. Migrant and mobile populations have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 as they are unable to implement prevention measures, such as physical distancing, adequate sanitation, accessing medical care and access to personal protective equipment (PPE).

Monday, June 7, 2021

20 Myanmar migrants arrested in Hat Yai

Bangkok Post
6 JUN 2021
Twenty Myanmar nationals illegally entering Ranong from Kawthaung are arrested in Hat Yai district of Songkhla on Saturday. (Photo by Assawin Pakkawan)

SONGKHLA: Twenty Myanmar migrants were arrested in Hat Yai district on Saturday night, local media reported.

The arrests were made by a combined force of soldiers from the 5th Infantry Regiment, provincial and immigration police and administrative officials of Hat Yai district.

At about 8pm on Saturday, authorities searched a Bangkok-registered articulated lorry which stopped near Ban Rai village on Kanchanawanich road in tambon Ban Phru of Hat Yai district to pick up two Myanmar migrants. They found two other Myanmar migrants already in the lorry.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Myanmar: Journalists who fled coup face Thailand deportation

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Johnathan Head
11 May 2021
Many journalists who have been covering protests in Myanmar have been arrested

Three journalists and two activists who fled from Myanmar are set to go on trial in Thailand on charges of illegally entering the country.

If found guilty they are likely to be deported back to Myanmar, where they say their lives would be in danger.

The trial was to begin on Tuesday in Chiang Mai but was postponed for another six days.

Since the military coup on 1 February, dozens of journalists have been arrested and charged in Myanmar.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Myanmar’s Brutal Military Was Once a Force for Freedom – but it’s been Waging Civil War for Decades

Tharaphi Than
APRIL 5, 2021

With great fanfare – but few guests – Myanmar’s armed forces recently celebrated their 76th anniversary in the nation’s capital of Naypyitaw.

Only Russia, China, Thailand, and a handful of other Asian countries sent representatives to attend the March 27th parade showing off Myanmar’s modern war machines – mostly imported from Russia and China over the past decade, to the tune of $2.4 billion.

The Myanmar military has been terrorizing civilians since a coup two months earlier. On the day of the parade, soldiers killed over 90 people for protesting military rule, including a 5-year-old boy and three teenagers. An estimated 564 people have been killed in Myanmar since the Feb. 1 coup.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Thailand unlikely to join ASEAN in pressuring Myanmar junta to stop bloodshed

Thailand’s government is unlikely to join other members of ASEAN in calling for Myanmar’s junta to stop the bloodshed. Fears over receiving a flood of refugees across the Burmese border and damages to its military ties may be of more importance to the Kingdom, despite the government’s recent claims that it is “gravely concerned” over the situation in Myanmar.

If Thailand refuses to join increasing calls for Myanmar’s junta to step down, it could, however, place it in a unique position as a mediator. Political scientist, Panitan Wattanayagorn, at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University, told Reuters that Thailand may be in a unique position to act as a mediator if it doesn’t join sides with the ASEAN community.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Desperate Burmese refugees flee to Thailand and India to escape crisis

The Guardian

Amrit Dhillon in New Delhi and Emma Graham-Harrison
Sat 3 Apr 2021 

Tensions rise on borders as thousands seek safe haven from military crackdown

Karen villagers being carried by refugees and Thai paramilitaries after crossing border at a Thai-Myanmar border in Mae Hong Son province. Photograph: Royal Thai Army Handout/EPA

Myanmar’s escalating crisis is spilling across its borders, as thousands of refugees seek safe haven in India and Thailand in the wake of the military coup and bloody crackdowns on anti-coup protesters.

Authorities in both countries have tried to block new arrivals, fearing that a steady flow may become a flood, if unrest spreading through Myanmar worsens. A top UN official warned last week that the country is “on the verge of spiralling into a failed state” if action is not taken soon to stem the bloodshed.

The catastrophic human costs of the regime’s brutal policies is visible in crowded refugee camps in Bangladesh where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees are living. Most fled after a military campaign that began in 2017, and have lived in limbo ever since.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Analysis: Myanmar's neighbour Thailand unlikely to toughen stance on coup

Kay Johnson, Panarat Thepgumpanat
APRIL 2, 2021

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand has slightly hardened its language on Myanmar by saying it is “gravely concerned” about escalating bloodshed since a Feb. 1 coup, but close military ties and fears of a flood of refugees mean it is unlikely to go further, analysts say.
FILE PHOTO: People who are fleeing the violence in Myanmar sit in a boat as they approach a Thai soldier at the border village of Mae Sam Laep, Mae Hong Son province, Thailand March 30, 2021. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun/File Photo

That leaves Thailand out of step with some members of the 10-strong Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as they seek to ramp up pressure on the junta, but could also position it as a possible mediator.

“(Thailand’s position) is difficult, but I think there is an opportunity because we’ve become an important partner,” Panitan Wattanayagorn, a political scientist at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University, told Reuters.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Thailand braces for refugees as thousands flee Myanmar airstrikes


Thailand is bracing itself for thousands of refugees who are fleeing Myanmar after its military launched several airstrikes near its border in recent days, further escalating the military crackdown after the coup.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha said on Monday that his government is getting ready for a potential flood of refugees amid the recent strike attacks, The Associated Press reported.

“We don’t want to have mass migration into our territory, but we will consider human rights, too,” Prayut said.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Myanmar: Airstrikes force villagers into jungle as 3,000 flee to Thailand

Sky News
David Mercer
News reporter @DavidMercerSky
Monday 29 March 2021

A luxury military party was reportedly held in Myanmar's capital on the deadliest day since last month's coup.

Man injured after Myanmar rickshaw grenade blast

Airstrikes that sent villagers fleeing into the jungle show the situation in Myanmar is "much worse", a humanitarian worker has told Sky News, as military leaders reportedly partied on the deadliest day of violence since last month's coup.

More gunfire has been reported today as people gathered for the funeral of one of at least 114 people said to have been killed by Myanmar security forces yesterday, including a five-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

AFP photo of detained Thai protesters in 2004 recirculates in misleading posts about 'Myanmar Muslims'

AFP Fact Check
Wasi Anjum Mirza, AFP Pakistan
Published on Friday 19 February 2021
Copyright AFP 2017-2020. All rights reserved.
Some of the 300 demonstrators arrested by policemen and soldiers lie on a pavement at Tak Bai police station in Narathiwat outhern Thailand, 25 October 2004. (AFP / Str)

A photo of a group of people surrounded by men wearing military fatigues has been shared tens of thousands of times on Facebook since January 2020 in posts that call for readers to pray for the safety of Muslims in Myanmar. The photo has continued to circulate online alongside a similar claim following a military coup in Myanmar in February 2021. The photo, however, has been shared in a misleading context: it actually shows protesters arrested by police in southern Thailand in 2004.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Fleeing Rohingya recaptured after mystery escape

Monday, January 11, 2021

19 Rohingya held in Bangkok for illegal entry

Bangkok Post 
9 Jan 2021 

Seven test positive for Covid after raid in Don Muang district raises new concerns about human trafficking
A picture taken by the Immigration Bureau on Jan 3 and released on Saturday shows immigration officers watching over a group of Rohingya migrants who were arrested in Don Muang district of Bangkok after being smuggled overland from Rakhine state in Myanmar. (Immigration Bureau handout via AFP)

Nineteen Rohingya migrants have been arrested in Bangkok for illegal entry to Thailand and a Thai woman accused of housing them has also been detained, police said on Saturday.

The arrests have raised concerns about trafficking routes for the Muslim minority fleeing Myanmar, at a time when illegal migrants from that country have been linked to a second wave of coronavirus infections accross Thailand.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Thailand arrests 19 Rohingya, Thai woman for illegal entry

Bangkok (AFP)

Immigration officers watch over the group of Rohingya who are said to have illegally entered Thailand after being smuggled overland from Myanmar's Rakhine state Handout THAILAND IMMIGRATION BUREAU/AFP

Nineteen Rohingya and a Thai woman accused of housing them have been arrested for illegal entry to Thailand, police said Saturday, as concerns grow about trafficking routes for the Muslim minority fleeing Myanmar.

The embattled Rohingya have long faced persecution in Myanmar, where they are denied freedom of movement and citizenship, and lack access to work, healthcare and schools.

A 2017 military crackdown in western Rakhine state sent almost 750,000 fleeing across the border to Bangladesh, while many choose to embark on treacherous journeys with human smugglers to reach Malaysia and Indonesia, sometimes going through Thailand. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Two dozen Rohingya refugees die after jumping from boat near Thailand

Voice of America
27 Jul 2020,

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Weapons originating from China: India seeks probe findings from Thailand, Myanmar

Vicky Nanjappa
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

New Delhi, July 21: India has asked Thailand and Myanmar to share the details of a probe in which illegal arms originating from China were seized. It may be recalled that the Royal Thai Army had intercepted a big consignment of illegal arms and ammunition. The ammunition having its origin in China was smuggled into Myanmar.

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New Delhi's envoy to Bangkok, Suchitra Durai held a meeting with Unsit Sampuntharat, governor of the Tok province of Thailand. Local police and immigration officials too were present at the meeting. India is keen to find out about the renewed flow of illegal weapons that originate from China.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Thailand: Let UN Refugee Agency Screen Rohingya


 May 21, 2020

End Inhumane Indefinite Detention of Asylum Seekers 
Rohingya refugees sit behind bars at a police station in Satun province, Thailand, June 12, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo

(Bangkok) – Thai authorities should allow the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) unhindered access to Rohingya from Myanmar to determine whether they qualify for refugee status, Human Rights Watch said today. The government’s inhumane policy of holding Rohingya arriving in Thailand in indefinite detention should be immediately repealed.

The latest group of Rohingya arrived in Thailand by land, crossing from Myanmar into Mae Sot district of Tak province on May 20, 2020. Thai authorities arrested at least 12 Rohingya and sent them to the Mae Sot immigration detention facility. Approximately 200 Rohingya are being held in immigration detention and other facilities across Thailand.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Another Rohingya held in Malaysia

Bangkok Post
 9 Jan 2020
Thai police show the image of Murabaek Suson, an illegal Rohingya immigrant who was arrested in Kedah state, Malaysia. (Photo by Assawin Pakkawan)

SONGKHLA: An illegal Rohingya migrant fleeing a detention camp in Thailand has been arrested in Malaysia.

Thai police said on Thursday Murabaek Suson, 17, was captured by Malaysian authorities in Kedah state and wouldl be sent to Thailand.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Thailand can 'do more' for Rohingya

Bangkok Post
Thana Boonlert
5 Nov 2019

Muhammad Faruk Khan, chairman of Bangladesh's parliamentary committee on foreign affairs, shares his views on the repatriation of Rohingya refugees in light of the 35th Asean Summit and Related Summits in Bangkok and Nonthaburi, which ended on Monday, in an exclusive interview with the Bangkok Post.

What was the outcome of the meeting with the Thai government on the Rohingya crisis?

I was very happy to meet with the [Thai] foreign affairs committee. I am looking forward to meeting with the chairman of the Senate and the parliament speaker. I am happy that they have a good understanding of the Rohingya issue. I know that Thailand had the same experience more than 30 years ago, when people from Myanmar took shelter in Thailand. You have been housing them for 35 years. Thailand understands what Bangladesh is facing.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Rohingya Association Thailand's statement at 35th ASEAN Summit statement

By Rohingya Association Thailand

As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations convenes the 35th ASEAN Summit during 2-4 November 2019 in Thailand, the leaders of the group and partners are pursuing an agenda to ensure ASEAN is a people-centered grouping dedicated to sustainable development. Head of government from country will discuss the Rakhine Crisis and the fate of nearly one million Rohingya refugees being shelter in Bangladesh.