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Total silence from the Human Rights Commission and NGOs as hundreds of pro-democracy academics and activists arrested

Originally posted on Uglytruth-Thailand:
Total silence from the Human Rights Commission and NGOs as hundreds of pro-democracy academics and activists arrested Giles Ji Ungpakorn As hundreds of pro-democracy academics and activists are arrested by the Thai military junta, it is obvious to anyone with half a brain that this is a coup to destroy the…

Thai state funding for NGOs before and after the coup

This post looks at how the Thai state funded NGOs before the coup, and how the new regime might use these mechanisms for their own purpose. The Thai state provides a limited amount of finance to NGOs. The amount and the range of funding windows has increased rapidly in the last few years. Not enough […]

Foreign donors and the collapse of Thai democracy

This short post looks at foreign aid to Thai NGOs just before the coup, and speculates about how those programmes might continue or close down now. There is relatively little foreign funding in the Thai NGO sector, because of Thailand’s reclassification as a middle-income country (in 2011). The major players are the UNDP, other UN […]

Why most Thai NGOs support the coup

In this post, Walden Bello explains why Thailand’s middle class always sides with the ruling elite, instead of supporting a social compact that would give them, and the poor majority, a bigger stake in a better society…

Lao economy after the May 2014 coup in Thailand

It seems that Lao-Thai trade is not significantly affected by Thailand’s partial closures of land borders following last weeks coup (the 12th or 13th in modern Thailand, depending on how you count it). But some Myanmar media are reporting that trade is still blocked at some of their borders with Thailand. Some suggestions also that […]