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The Constitutional Amendment and the Constitutional Court

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The Constitution Court will decide today, whether to stall the government’s charter amendment on the structure of the Senate from being submitted for royal endorsement after Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had signed her approval on Tuesday. Prime Minister Office’s secretary-general Suranand Vejjajiva said the bill is now ready to be submitted to the Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary before it can be forward to His Majesty for royal approval.

Mr. Suranand said the Council of State and the government’s legal adviser have made it clear that the charter change process was lawful and the prime minister is required by the charter to submit it for royal endorsement within 20 days of its passage.
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Khaosod : Another Inquest Suggests Army Roles In Redshirts Deaths

Taken from an article called “Another Inquest Suggests Army Roles In Redshirts Deaths” by Khaosod online on October 1st 2013.

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(1 October) The South Bangkok Criminal Court has ruled that a pair of Redshirts protesters were killed by a gunfire from the direction of the military positions during the clashes between the protesters and the troops in 2010.

Mr. Jaroon Chaiman and Mr. Siam Wattananukul were among the more than 90 fatalities of the political violence in April-May 2010. The pair lost their lives on the night of 10 April 2010, when then-Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva ordered the troops to dislodge the Redshirts from their encampment in Ratchadumnoen Avenue.
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21st UDD Political Schools in Chiang Mai, Doi Saket District

1382309_603383036391690_43042962_nOn the 29th of September 2013, around 4,000 of the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) supporters attended the “21st UDD Political School – Introduction Class” at Wat Phrathat Doi Saket in Doi Saket District, Chiang Mai. Many UDD co-leaders and local lecturers were there to provide lessons, updates on the organization, and the current political situation in Thailand. They were led by President of the UDD, Assoc. Prof. Tida Tavonseth, former Member of Parliament, Mr. Jatuporn Prompan, current Pheu Thai MP, Dr. Weng Tojilakarn, People’s Power MP and director of UDD political schools, Nisit Sinthuprai, Dr. Tanet Jarounmuang, expert on Lanna’s history from the Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration at Chiang Mai University and former Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat, who were there to provide a special lecture on “The Future of Thai Politics” as an additional lesson for the participants.
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Khaosod : Mother Of ‘Nurse Gade’ Pleads For Redshirts’ Release

Taken from an article called “Mother Of ‘Nurse Gade’ Pleads For Redshirts’ Release” by Khaosod Online that was published on 27 September 2013.

(27 September) The mother of volunteer medic slain in the 2010 military crackdown on the Redshirts protests met with the chairwoman of the Thai human rights committee today and asked her to push for a bail release for the Redshirts currently imprisoned for their alleged crimes during the protests.

Ms. Payao Akhard, the mother of Ms. Kamonmate Akhard (′Nurse Gade′), has been campaigning for a legal prosecution which would have held the military and the government at the time accountable for over 90 deaths in the political violence of April-May 2010.
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UDD Press Conference on September 25th 2013

IMG_0475At the United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) weekly press conference on September 25th 2013, Mr. Thanawut Vichaidit, spokesperson of the UDD, maintained that the organization is still committed to its two-legged strategy of supporting the Pheu Party in the parliament and the Red Shirts movement on the street.

“The UDD will uphold its policy of support for elected government by mainlining that we will continue to walk side by side with the Pheu Thai party and its coalition government, therefore, if there is anybody who try to overthrow the government, they will have to think about the people’s resistant, especially from the Red Shirt supporters,” said the spokesperson.

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BKK Post : Section 2 of charter change passed

Taken from an article called “Section 2 of charter change passed” that was published via bangkokpost online on 28 September 2013.

The joint sitting of parliament on Saturday approved Section 2 of the constitutional amendment bill on the makeup of the Senate after the opposition Democrat Party boycotted the final third-reading vote. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra now faces the difficult decision of whether to submit the bill for royal endorsement or wait until the Constitution Court rules on an opposition challenge.

The coalition MPs and senators remaining in the House after the Democrats’ walkout approved the amendment by a vote of 358-2 with 30 abstentions. The opposition says the bill, which authorises the election of all 200 senators, makes major changes to the state’s structure and is likely to affect the balance of power among the legislative, executive and judicial branches and independent organisations.
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Prachatai : Plus royaliste que les autres royalistes

Taken from an article called “Plus royaliste que les autres royalistes” by Harrison George that was published via prachatai.com on September 22nd 2013.

The recent spike in lèse majesté cases seems likely to continue, the majority being brought by private individuals with a variety of motives. An accusation brought by TV talk show host Pontipa Supatnukul has, for example, triggered a chain reaction of similar accusations.

Khun Pontipa arrived at a Nonthaburi police station, with cameras in tow, to file charges against Aum Neko, a Thammasat University student who has courted notoriety, most recently for a set of suggestive posters. The posters show Aum Neko and some male students simulating sexual acts while wearing student uniforms. The goal, they claim, was to campaign against rules on the compulsory wearing of uniforms. At least while having sex.
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Khaosod : Abhisit Postpones 2010 Crackdown Deaths Trial

13801058881380105915lTaken from an article called “Abhisit Postpones 2010 Crackdown Deaths Trial” by Khaosod online that was published on September 25th 2013

(25 September) Former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has postponed a court appearance for the murder charges he received for his role in authorising the military crackdown on the Redshirts protesters in 2010.

More than 90 people lost their lives in the political violence that engulfed Bangkok from April to May 2010.
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