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Charter drafters aiming to increase the power of citizens

The Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC), working on Thailand’s new Constitution, has proposed the creation of five new bodies designed to increase the power of citizens and reduce social inequality and corruption, leading drafters said last week. The five new bodies include an ethics assembly, a citizen’s council and a civic scrutiny council. The CDC is due to present the first draft in April. The drafting of the Constitution must by law be completed by September – paving the way for holding of elections in early 2016.

The Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC), working on Thailand’s new Constitution, has proposed the creation of five new bodies designed to increase the power of citizens and reduce social inequality and corruption, leading drafters said last week. The five new bodies include an ethics assembly, a citizen’s council and a civic scrutiny council.  The CDC is due to present the first draft in April.

 

 

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Statement by Deputy Prime Minister ane Minister of Foreign Affairs during the High-Level Segment of the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council

Human rights are integral to our lives. They belong to each and every one of us. Respect for human rights must begin at home, in school, in the workplace, in the community, in public space, in fact, everywhere. What we must take into account, however, is that each society has its own contexts, ones which are not easy for insiders to untangle, nor for outsiders to understand. Therefore, we must be careful not to take human rights for granted.
Mr. President, High Commissioner, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
I am honoured to be here at the United Nations in Geneva and to address the Human Rights Council for the first time on an issue to which I attach high importance and is one of the top priorities for my Government.
 
Mr. President,
 
Human rights are integral to our lives. They belong to each and every one of us. Respect for human rights must begin at home, in school, in the workplace, in the community, in public space, in fact, everywhere.

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Anti-graft law passes first reading, new ethics watchdog mulled

Moves to reform and clean up the political sector advanced on two fronts last week as the first reading of a new anti-graft bill passed the National Legislative Assembly, and the Constitution Drafting Committee endorsed a proposal for a new watchdog to initiate ethics investigations against political office-holders and state officials.
Moves to reform and clean up the political sector advanced on two fronts last week as the first reading of a new anti-graft bill passed the National Legislative Assembly, and the Constitution Drafting Committee endorsed a proposal for a new watchdog to initiate ethics investigations against political office-holders and state officials.
 
Fighting corruption is one of the flagship policies of the government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, and the Thai leader made it his priority from the beginning of his administra

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Thailand Focus February 9th, 2015: Thailand’s Constitutional Reform backs special court to tackle corruption

Thailand’s Constitutional Drafting Committee is looking to establish a new administrative court unit to deal specifically with corruption cases. Meanwhile, the Thai cabinet approved last week a project to prevent corruption in government procurement.
Thailand’s Constitutional Drafting Committee is looking to establish a new administrative court unit to deal specifically with corruption cases.

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Poll shows Thais believe corruption on the wane

The corruption situation in Thailand has been improving since the change in government, according to a survey released last week by the Thai University Chamber of Commerce, while another poll has shown that more than half of business executives contacted said they are ready to adopt anti-corruption policies at their companies.
The corruption situation in Thailand has been improving since the change in government, according to a survey released last week by the Thai University Chamber of Commerce, while another poll has shown that more than half of business executives contacted said they are ready to adopt anti-corruption policies at their companies. 
 
The Thai University Chamber of Commerce survey found perceived corruption at its lowest level in five years due in large part to a greater awareness of the problem and scrutiny on the part of society.
 
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Thailand and China: Building Stronger Connections

On November 9, on the side of APEC Summit in Beijing, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha met with President Xi Jingping of the People’s Republic of China to discuss Thai-Chinese relations, touching on such topics as infrastructure, agriculture, and trade. Prime Minister Prayut expressed his appreciation to President Xi for China’s strategy towards developing R3A, the road-transport network linking the economic quadrangle of Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, and China.

 

 

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PM Prayut pushes for free trade at Asia-Europe meeting

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha called for more free-trade agreements and closer cooperation between Thailand, other Asian nations and Europe while attending the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Milan, Italy, last week, his first international summit since becoming Thailand’s leader in May.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha called for more free-trade agreements and closer cooperation between Thailand, other Asian nations and Europe while attending the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Milan, Italy, last week, his first international summit since becoming Thailand’s leader in May. 
 
In addition to increasing and expanding free-trade agreements, Prayut advocated deepening partnerships and improving risk management in order to forge closer exchanges and stronger working relationships between the countries of the two regions.

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National Reform Council members selected

Two hundred and fifty men and women were named to Thailand’s National Reform Council (NRC) last week, and are expected to meet shortly to begin debate and deliberations on measures to restructure and improve Thailand’s political, economic and social systems. The NRC’s members include prominent academics, former politicians, business people, activists and personnel from the security agencies.
Two hundred and fifty men and women were named to Thailand’s National Reform Council (NRC) last week, and are expected to meet shortly to begin debate and deliberations on measures to restructure and improve Thailand’s political, economic and social systems.  The NRC’s members include prominent academics, former politicians, business people, activists and personnel from the security agencies.  
 
The formation of the NRC is an important step in the government’s roadmap to restore democracy in Thailand.

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New army chief ready to deal with complex threats

The new chief of the Royal Thai Army said last week he was ready to continue countering threats to the nation that are becoming ever more complex, and that the Thai military would become a strong “army for ASEAN.”
The new chief of the Royal Thai Army said last week he was ready to continue countering threats to the nation that are becoming ever more complex, and that the Thai military would become a strong “army for ASEAN.” 
 
General Udomdej Sitabutr rose to the position of Army Commander in Chief upon the October 1 retirement of General Prayut Chan-o-cha, who holds the post of Prime Minister.  He is a veteran commander of the Second Infantry Division known as the Queen’s Guard.  General Prayut had also served in that unit.

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Deputy PM and MFA minister attends the 69th UN General Assembly

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister General Thanasak Patimaprakorn has tightened economic ties with Japan by attending the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister General Thanasak Patimaprakorn has tightened economic ties with Japan by attending the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. 
 
General Thanasak met with his Japanese counterpart, Mr. Fumio Kichida, during the UN general assembly on September 25th.

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