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).
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.
EU regulators on Thursday issued a special warning over travelling on airlines from Thailand but stopped short of following last week's damaging US safety downgrade for a country heavily dependent on tourism.
EXCLUSIVE/The heads of the European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee and ASEAN delegation have written to the Thai ambassador in Brussels, as the row over an invite to deposed former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra escalated Thursday (3 December).
Press-freedom watchdog Index on Censorship has slammed what it calls the “hugely chilling effect” of the Thai military junta, after the International New York Times yesterday (1 December) was forced to print a virtually blank front page in the country.
A three-year investigation into slavery on Thailand's fishing boats has uncovered a well-oiled system of trafficking, abuse and exploitation in the southern port of Kantang, leading to eight arrests this month, a campaign group said on Monday.
MEPs have confirmed that a letter sent to the deposed former Prime Minister of Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra, is genuine and that their invitation to speak in Brussels, or Strasbourg, about the country’s military junta, still stands.
EXCLUSIVE / The suspended Free Trade Agreement with Thailand will “never be ratified” whilst the country is under a military dictatorship, a top aide to EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom admitted on Friday (20 November).
Thailand’s military junta came under cross-party attack at the European parliament on Thursday (8 October), with MEPs demanding a return to democratic rule, the release of political detainees, and an end to human rights and labour abuses.
Thailand's military government remain in power after rejecting a new constitution. However, a planned trade agreement could persuade it to make more serious inroads against exploitation, illegal fishing and slavery. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Thailand’s military-backed legislature yesterday (6 September) rejected an unpopular draft of a new constitution, in what was described by Western media as political theatre prevailing in the country following a coup last year.
Thai authorities have not ruled out any group, including elements opposed to the military government, for a bomb blast in Bangkok that killed 22 people, but officials said the bombing did not match tactics used by insurgents in the south.
General Prayuth Chan-ocha’s military coup in May 2014 quite rightly sparked deep concerns in Brussels. To its credit, the European Union acted swiftly with punitive measures, but the junta’s latest attempts at constitutional reform pose a long-term threat that must be addressed, argues Aron Shaviv.