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Thailand: Transgender People Denied Equal Rights (HRW)

Transgender people in Thailand have no route to legal recognition of their gender identity, making them vulnerable to various forms of discrimination, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today with the Thai Transgender Alliance.

Thailand: Transgender People Denied Equal Rights | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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Thailand’s regressive royal insult law (David Hopkins, The Interpreter)

At a recent anti-government rally in central Bangkok, one of the leaders of a youth-led movement demanding sweeping political reforms carried a message etched in blood. After addressing the crowd on a rainy Sunday evening on 31 October, Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul used a razor blade to carve the digits 112 into her forearm, struck through by a diagonal cut.

Thailand’s regressive royal insult law | The Interpreter (lowyinstitute.org)

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Protests loom in Thailand after court ruling fuels anger (Caleb Quinley, Al Jazeera)

A key court ruling in Thailand has raised concern that activists could face charges of treason after nearly 18 months of anti-government protests that have also called for a new constitution and royal reform.

Thailand’s constitutional court made the ruling in a case brought against three protest leaders who are facing charges under strict royal defamation laws.

Protests loom in Thailand after court ruling fuels anger | Politics News | Al Jazeera

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Thai protesters recount alleged torture under police custody (Caleb Quinley, Al Jazeera)

Once the interrogation room doors shut behind Attasith Nussa, eight plainclothes officers descended upon him quickly.

The leading officer approached the 35-year-old Thai pro-democracy protester and asked him if he came alone to the October 29 vigil in Bangkok.

Thai protesters recount alleged torture under police custody | Human Rights News | Al Jazeera

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Battlefield Din Daeng: The Thai protesters with ‘nothing to lose’ (Caleb Quinley, Al Jazeera)

Before revealing scars across his body, Gap* glances up at a group of police officers watching closely from across the street. It is only 7pm, but security forces in the area are already on high alert.

“The cops have shot me many times,” the 23-year-old, who prefers to use his nickname, told Al Jazeera from a small roadside restaurant in Din Daeng, the heart of Bangkok’s second largest slum community. These days the district — a highrise slum community dense with dilapidated buildings of government housing — appears more like a war zone. A few metres away from the table where Gap is sitting, dozens of cops in bulletproof vests are on patrol armed with shotguns loaded with rubber bullets, and handguns loaded with live ammunition.

Battlefield Din Daeng: The Thai protesters with ‘nothing to lose’ | News | Al Jazeera

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don (US Department of State)

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai today in Washington, D.C.  Secretary Blinken and Deputy Prime Minister Don reiterated their commitment to the United States-Thailand treaty alliance, defeating COVID-19 and bolstering the global pandemic recovery, and supporting human rights as a pillar of our shared values.  The Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister also acknowledged the threat of the climate crisis and reaffirmed the global interest in strengthening climate ambition and promoting sustainable economic growth.  Heading into Thailand’s 2022 APEC host year, the two leaders discussed ways to further align goals on trade and investment, connectivity, and sustainable and inclusive growth.

The Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister expressed concerns regarding the crisis in Burma and resolved to continue working together to ensure implementation of the ASEAN Five-Point Consensus and urge the Burmese military to immediately cease the violence and release those unjustly detained.