About: General Prayuth Chan-ocha

Trade & Society 30-01-2017

Migrants petition Thai seafood giant, as EU yellow card remains

More than 2,000 migrant workers at a major Thai seafood exporter called on Monday (30 January) for higher wages and better working conditions, a rare stand in a country where foreigners are banned from forming trade unions.
Trade & Society 06-10-2016

Malmström backs EU whistleblower over Thai labour rights

EU Trade Commission Cecilie Malmström on Thursday (6 October) strongly backed the British labour rights activist who helped expose labour abuses in Thailand, for which he received a three-year suspended jail sentence.
Global Europe 20-09-2016

EU activist gets 3-year Thai jail sentence for exposing labour abuses

A British lawyer who helped expose labour abuses in Thailand’s fruit factories has been handed a three-year suspended jail sentence.
Global Europe 19-08-2016

UN condemns ‘mounting’ Thai junta rights restrictions

The United Nations condemned "mounting" rights restrictions in junta-ruled Thailand on Friday (19 August), calling on the kingdom's generals to quickly return power following the passing of a new military-crafted constitution.
Global Europe 18-08-2016

Thai junta finance minister brushes off foreign investment plunge

Thailand's finance minister on Thursday (18 August) brushed off concerns about plunging foreign investment under junta rule, saying "there is light ahead" now that voters have approved a military-crafted constitution.
Global Europe 08-08-2016

Thai voters approve junta-backed constitution amid Western concerns

Thailand voted on Sunday (7 August) to approve a junta-scripted constitution, preliminary results showed, in a boost to the army's political aspirations and a body blow to the country's stuttering pro-democracy movement.
Global Europe 27-07-2016

Thailand’s referendum on constitution ‘could be delayed’

EXCLUSIVE / Thailand’s make-or-break referendum next month on a new constitution could be postponed, one of the men in charge of drafting it has admitted.
Global Europe 07-07-2016

German lawmakers denounce Thailand’s draft constitution

The Thai government is increasingly cracking down on its critics, warned the German government's foreign affairs committee ahead of the Southeast Asian country's vote on its new constitution. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 01-07-2016

NGOs criticise US downgrade of Thai human trafficking record, ahead of referendum

NGOs have condemned as the “wrong signal” a decision by the US State Department to downgrade Thailand’s human trafficking record, a month ahead of a referendum being closely watched by the EU.
Global Europe 23-06-2016

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi to meet Thailand junta leader

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in neighbouring Thailand on Thursday (23 June) where she will meet military junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha, as well as hear from the hundreds of thousands of Myanmar migrants in Thailand.
Global Europe 07-06-2016

EU warns Thailand over illegal fishing

The EU warned Thailand on Tuesday (7 June) to take "swift and determined" action against illegal fishing, or risk a European ban on its fish exports.
Global Europe 20-05-2016

EU to Thailand : ‘Free and fair elections’ or face consequences

Senior MEPs have warned the military junta ruling Thailand that the country must return to “free and fair elections” or risk the future of all EU-Thailand relations.
Global Europe 12-05-2016

Thailand’s human rights record under UN spotlight ahead of EU visit

Thailand’s human rights record under the military junta was in the dock Wednesday (11 May) at the United Nations Human Rights Council – ahead of a visit next week by EU parliamentarians to the country.
Global Europe 22-04-2016

EU extends ‘yellow card’ on Thai fishing exports

The EU has extended its ‘yellow card’ warning to Thailand over persistent abuses in its fishing industry.
Global Europe 15-04-2016

EU ambassadors confront Thai junta over referendum fears

Nearly 20 EU ambassadors in Bangkok have confronted the military junta with their fears over the country’s forthcoming  referendum on a new constitution.
Trade & Society 16-03-2016

Thailand’s economy: Free trade, fishing and fruit industries in the spotlight

As the Royal Thai Army plotted its coup against the democratically-elected government in May 2014, Thailand was the second largest economy in ASEAN, and stood on the brink of signing a landmark Free Trade Agreement with the EU.
Trade & Society 14-03-2016

Thailand’s rocky road back to democracy

Late last year, the chairs of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the head of its ASEAN delegation, issued an invitation to deposed Thai prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, to come to Brussels to address MEPs on the state of democracy in her country.
Global Europe 01-03-2016

Thai tuna factory pays $1.3m compensation, ahead of EU ban decision

A Thai tuna processing factory has agreed to pay staff $1.3 million compensation for a litany of labour abuses, officials said Tuesday, a rare victory for migrant workers in the kingdom's scandal-mired seafood industry.
Global Europe 11-02-2016

Thailand claims junta better placed to tackle fish sector abuses

Thai authorities have registered more than 70,000 previously undocumented foreign workers in its fishing industry, navy officials said Thursday (11 February), part of a bid by the junta to stave off a potentially ruinous EU ban on its seafood exports.
Global Europe 03-02-2016

Thailand hits back: Abandoning EU free trade deal hurts Europe, too

EXCLUSIVE / Thailand has hit back in its dispute with Brussels over the shelved free trade agreement with the EU, arguing that it hurts European businesses, not just the military junta in Bangkok.
Global Europe 01-02-2016

Thailand says 100 held in trafficking blitz on seafood industry ahead of EU ban decision

Thai police said Monday over 100 people have been arrested in a crackdown on human trafficking since the European Union threatened to boycott the country's multi-billion dollar fishing industry over the issue.
Global Europe 19-01-2016

EU team visits Thailand to assess fishing industry cleanup

A European Union delegation that is visiting Thailand to weigh its progress in battling illegal and unregulated fishing will not make a decision this week on whether to ban Thai seafood products, the government in Bangkok said on Tuesday (19 January). 
Global Europe 15-01-2016

Thai junta must end enforced disappearances says rights group

The Thai military junta has been told to end its tolerance for ‘enforced disappearances’ by Human Rights Watch(HRW), the New York-based NGO.
Global Europe 13-01-2016

Thai junta promises illegal fishing crackdown ahead of EU ban decision

The military junta in Thailand has gone on a last-ditch offensive to clean up its fishing industry ahead of a vital EU decision on whether to ban its exports over abuses of its fishing stocks and fleets.

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