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    Loving the new Govt

    Been back a few days now, and i must say i'm impressed and fell back in love with Thailand.

    The changes i've noticed are astounding,

    The water is working regular not one day has it been switched off, we can even wash the clothes in the day time now

    The Electricity is on all the time
    The internet has only gone off once and that was only off for about ten mins.
    The wife's mother acknowledged my existence.
    The woman in the shop hasn't over charged me or under charged me.

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    I wish I was back there but atm stuck in the UK with Cameron the err, err, hesitant

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    Well would you like me to send you a moneygram so you can come feel the love.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Lick View Post
    I wish I was back there but atm stuck in the UK with Cameron the err, err, hesitant

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    heres one we can all sing together


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    Quote Originally Posted by Yasojack View Post

    Been back a few days now, and i must say I'm impressed and fell back in love with Thailand.

    The changes I've noticed are astounding.


    Well Jacky boy,

    Ain't that hard to be impressed with Thailand after you have been living under a rock in Bournemouth.


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    The junta needs to send some love to these persons

    http://www.humanrights.asia/news/urg...C-UAU-019-2014

    THAILAND: Villagers and rights defenders lives under threat

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    June 2, 2014

    ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION - URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME
    Urgent Appeal Update: AHRC-UAU-019-2014

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    2 June 2014

    [RE: THAILAND: Protect human rights defenders fighting corporate mining in Loei Province; THAILAND: Villagers and rights defenders at imminent risk of violence]


    THAILAND: Villagers and rights defenders lives under threat

    ISSUES: Arbitrary arrest and detention; human rights defenders; threats and intimidation; environmental protection; forced eviction; land rights; rule of law


    Dear friends,

    The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learned that threats against human rights defenders in the Khon Rak Ban Koed Group working to protect their communities from the negative effects of mining in Loei Province in Thailand are facing grave threats against their lives.


    CASE NARRATIVE:

    As we described in our original appeal (AHRC-UAC-073-2014), at 10pm on the evening of 15 May 2014, a group of approximately 100 unidentified armed men wearing black entered the area of Nanhongbong in Loei Province. The armed men attacked the villagers and took 30 villagers as hostages, including two of the key leaders of a struggle against a mining operation. The hostages were placed face down on the ground and their hands and feet were bound. The barrier that the villagers had constructed to block access to the mine was destroyed and trucks were seen transporting materials from the mine. The villagers were released at 4am, and report being assaulted and threatened with guns as well as their hands and feet being bound. When other villagers called the police, only two police were sent to aid them, and they turned back once they saw the large number of armed men. To date, the identity of the armed men who entered the village is not known, but there has been no attempt by the authorities to hold them to account.

    Two weeks ago, the village around the mine was attacked and human rights defenders and villagers beaten and detained by armed, marked men while ore was carried out from the mine. The AHRC has learned from a reliable source that the company plans to use the cover of martial law and criminalization of dissent put in place by the coup to once again use force to move the ore out of the mine. The villagers live under continuous threat of attack. The AHRC has also learned from a reliable source that on 28 May 2014, a lawyer working with the community was followed while he was driving to court to submit a petition for a temporary protection order to prevent the company from carrying out any activities, including the transport of copper ore from the mine. This is clear intimidation.

    The AHRC and Protection International have further learned from a reliable source that gunmen have been hired to assassinate eight of the community leaders. On the afternoon of 30 May 2014, the reliable source informed the villagers that a team of 30 assassins had been hired for the amount of 300,000 baht (approximately 10,000 USD) to kill the community leaders within one week. That evening, a group of 5-6 armed, muscular men stood among the rubber trees across from the house of Suraphan Rujichaiwat, one of the leaders. On 31 May 2014, a black, four-doored pick-up truck drove around Fakhuay village. On 1 June 2014, at around 8 pm, there were two instances of gunshots being fired behind the house of one of the female leaders of the villagers For the past two days, villagers have been afraid to go out to tap rubber and are afraid for their lives. To protect themselves, villagers had to keep their doors closed and stay inside their houses after sunset.


    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

    The AHRC is very concerned about the safety of the lives of the villagers and rights defenders affected by the mine. The risk of violence against human rights defenders in Loei is heightened given the broad-based repression and criminalization of protest caused by the declaration of martial law on 20 May 2014, and the coup by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). The AHRC calls on all those concerned with human rights in Thailand to call for assurances from the NCPO and other relevant authorities to ensure that the villagers' safety and right to life and livelihood are protected.


    SUGGESTED ACTION:

    Please write letters to the authorities below, asking them to take action to protect the rights of the human rights defenders and other villagers in Loei.

    Please note that the Asian Human Rights Commission has written letters to the UN Special Rapporteurs on Situation of Human Rights Defenders and the Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment seeking their urgent intervention in this case.
    SAMPLE LETTER:

    Dear ___________,


    THAILAND: Human rights defenders fighting corporate mining in Loei province at risk of violence

    Victims: Villagers from six villages including Nanongbong, who have protested against the mining industry and the expansion of the Phuthapfa gold mine in the Loei province in North Eastern Thailand

    Alleged perpetrators:
    1. Tungkam Limited's (TKL)
    2. Military and ex-military personnel

    Date of incident: Since February 2009 to 16 May 2014; Risk of violence on 29 May 2014
    Place of incident: Loei province in North Eastern Thailand

    I am deeply disturbed to have learned that threats against human rights defenders working to protect their communities from the negative effects of mining in Loei province have now become threats against their lives. Tungkum Limited (TKL), a subsidiary gold exploration and mining company of Tongkah Harbour Public Company Limited, has taken legal action against the Khon Rak Ban Koed Group, a group of villagers from six villages including Nanhongbong, who have protested against the mining industry and the expansion of the Phuthapfa gold mine in the Loei province in North eastern Thailand. The members of the Khon Rak Ban Koed Group have battled to protect the environment and natural resources of their village and to uphold their community's agricultural practices.

    The community was attacked on the evening of 15 May 2014 and villagers and human rights defenders were detained and bound by marked, armed men while copper ore was transported out of the mine. I have learned from a reliable source that gunmen have been hired to assassinate the leaders of the movement. I am further concerned that the broad-based repression and criminalization of protest caused by the declaration of martial law on 20 May 2014, and the coup by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) increases the likelihood of violence, and makes the possibility of redress more difficult.

    The AHRC calls on all those concerned with human rights in Thailand to call for assurances from the NCPO and other relevant authorities to ensure that the villagers' safety and right to life and livelihood are protected.

    I would like to urge:

    1. The Head of the National Council for Peace and Order to ensure that the declaration of martial law and the coup do not create conditions in which human rights defenders and villagers are placed at greater risk.

    2. The Commissioner General of the Royal Thai Police to investigate the performance of local authorities for failing to address bomb threats against the villagers and to protect the community on the evening of 15 May 2014, and to protect the leaders and all members of the community from threats on their persons and lives. It is paramount that the police actively protect the villagers and HRDs involved in the case.

    3. The Department of Special Investigation, Ministry of Justice to investigate the purchase and sale of minerals by TKL. The Department is further urged to implement immediate security and protective measures to ensure the safety of members and leaders of groups who protest against mining companies as well as those who have been witnesses to violence in the village.

    4. The Subcommittee on Civil and Political Rights at the National Human Rights Commission to join with the Subcommittee on Community Rights and continue investigating violations of the rights, including the human rights, of the community and the threats, intimidation and harassment that have been made on the villagers and their leaders. The NHRC should also coordinate with relevant local authorities, including the governor of Loei, to ensure the safety of all HRDs involved in this case.

    Yours sincerely,

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    PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:

    1. General Prayuth Chan-ocha
    Head of the National Council for Peace and Order
    Royal Thai Army Commander-in-Chief
    Rachadamnoen Nok Road
    Bang Khun Phrom
    Bangkok 10200
    THAILAND
    E-mail: prforeign@gmail.com

    2. Dr. Niran Pitakwatchara
    Chairperson, Subcommittee on Civil and Political Rights
    Commissioner, National Human Rights Commission
    The Government Complex Commemorating His Majesty the King's 80th Birthday Anniversary 5th December, B.E.2550 (2007), Building B 120 Moo 3
    Chaengwattana Road
    Thoongsonghong, Laksi Bangkok 10210
    THAILAND
    E-mail: niran@nhrc.or.th

    3. Attorney General
    Office of the Attorney General
    Lukmuang Building,
    Nahuppei Road
    Prabraromrachawang,
    Bangkok 10200
    THAILAND, Fax:
    Email: oag@ago.go.th

    4. Commissioner General
    Royal Thai Police
    Building 1, 7th Floor
    Rama I
    Pathumwan
    Bangkok 10330
    THAILAND
    Email: feedback@police.go.th

    5. Mr. Jesús Miguel Sanz
    Ambassador
    Delegation of the European Union to Thailand
    Kian Gwan House II
    19th Floor
    140/1 Wireless Road
    Bangkok 10330
    THAILAND
    Email: delegation-thailand@eeas.europa.eu

    6. Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
    Regional Office for South East Asia
    6th Floor, United Nations Buidling
    Rachadamnern Nok Avenue
    Bangkok 10200

    THAILAND
    Fax: +66 2 288 1039
    Email: ohchr.bangkok@un.org


    Thank you.


    Urgent Appeals Programme
    Asian Human Rights Commission (ua@ahrc.asia)

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    Document Type :Urgent Appeal Update
    Document ID :AHRC-UAU-019-2014
    Countries : Thailand
    Issues : Arbitrary arrest and detention, Environmental protection, Human rights defenders, Land rights, Rule of law, Threats and intimidation

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    Loving the happiness being spread throughout bangkok

    Gen junta says he has not been happy for nine years,long time to suffer, through depression is he fit to govern>


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    02 June 2014, Last update at 17:53:00 GMT

    Junta Embarks On 'Happiness' Project
    BANGKOK — In an effort to "return happiness" to Thai society after months of political unrest, the military junta is organizing road cleanups, army-band concerts, and free haircuts for the people.
    Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, the army chief who led a coup on 22 May, recently said that the "happiness" of Thai people is among the top priorities of the military junta, known as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).

    "Thai people, like me, have probably not been happy for nine years, but since May 22, there is happiness," Gen. Prayuth said in a national address laying out a roadmap for the country, which includes 2-3 months of "national reconciliation" followed by a year of constitutional reforms.

    Today, soldiers from a cavalry division based in Saraburi province were deployed to cleanup the area around Victory Monument in central Bangkok - the site of several anti-coup demonstrations last week.

    Billed by the military as "Big Cleaning Day," the effort was aimed at bringing beauty and cleanliness back to the people, army officers said.

    The military also held free concerts over the weekend, with soldiers playing guitars, keyboard, saxophone, trombone, and drums to the applauses of happy-looking audiences.

    The concerts also featured free haircuts and dessert.

    This Friday, the NCPO will begin airing a weekly television program to keep the public informed of it's efforts to return happiness to the 'Land of Smiles.'

    "It will be an explanation of the NCPO's works, and will answer people's questions," an army spokesman explained on 31 May.

    Since seizing power, the NCPO has summoned and detained more than 300 people, censored and closed down a number of TV stations and radios, and arrested protesters who voiced their opposition to the military junta.

    NCPO spokesman Col. Winthai Suwaree said today that the military's crackdown on dissidents is a necessary part of the happiness project.

    "Although those who disagree with the NCPO's ways are few, they affect the NCPO's mission to return happiness to the country," Col. Winthai explained.

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    I'm happy, does that mean my re-educated has been successful?

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    It means being happy is not the current junta's idea of being happy, you may have to be re-educated in being happy.

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    I'm so so happy come what may. I'm happy, got that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by leemo View Post
    I'm happy, does that mean my re-educated has been successful?
    Anyone expecting an abstract thing like government to be happy is likley to be disappointed.They can and do try to make life awful everywhere,conscription,wars,curfews and taxes.

    If I want cheering up family friends,jokes here or just bird song is sufficient while cycling through the fields.

    I do notice on ,my rare forays into the cities that neon (not the poser) the artificil light so common in Offices Malls Airports makes people depressed or perhaps lack of natural light and connection to nature.
    I'm not that bright but know that fake light dulls me.
    I used to have a job at a calendar factory.
    I got the sack because
    I took a couple of days off.

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    Well i must say had a afternoon nap, wakes up on my sons return from school and he was so happy he was sawsdee krapping everyone.nice i thought.

    Having a smoke outside, and all the kids coming from school were doing the same, i can only surmise that the happy govt have given instructions to the teachers to do so, anyone seeing this bizarre event happening.? its that all my sons teachers have completely lost the plot

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    Help Wanted

    All in the name of "helping the people and the country." Yup! Castro did that 50 or so years ago. He's still helping the people. No doubt we're in for a long seige of unasked for help from helpers in uniforms with big pistola's. I like it. I helped the Vietnamese for 15 months. Look how that one turned out. Need to post up the Beatles "Help!" Three finger salute looks different to me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by leemo View Post
    I'm happy, does that mean my re-educated has been successful?
    Anyone expecting an abstract thing like government to be happy is likley to be disappointed.They can and do try to make life awful everywhere,conscription,wars,curfews and taxes.

    If I want cheering up family friends,jokes here or just bird song is sufficient while cycling through the fields.

    I do notice on ,my rare forays into the cities that neon (not the poser) the artificil light so common in Offices Malls Airports makes people depressed or perhaps lack of natural light and connection to nature.
    I'm not that bright but know that fake light dulls me.
    Yes but if being happy means not being tagged for re-education then I'm so friggin happy I just wet myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yasojack
    Having a smoke outside, and all the kids coming from school were doing the same,
    Shame on you!

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