Law and judiciary

Legal framework

Sea Bed along Southern Coast is Now Protected by Law

Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on Friday said that sea grass, coral reefs and undersea rock formations in Thailand’s four southern coastal provinces are now legally protected. The ministry warned that violators found to disrupt the protected sea treasures will face one-year in prison ...

Xinhua News Agency

Alcohol banned at national parks after complaints of trash and drunk tourists

Alcohol is now banned at national parks after tourists allegedly got drunk at a waterfall and others left a load of trash by their campsite. The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has updated other park rules to make sure parks are kept ...

Caitlin Ashworth

Another Lao Arrested For Criticism of Government on Social Media

A Lao man who had complained about corruption in the communist-run country on social media was arrested at his home in southern Laos last week and is being questioned in jail about links to “an anti-government group of overseas Laotians,” police sources told RFA Tuesday. The ...

RFA Lao service, Translated by Sidney Khotpanya and Ounkeo Souksavanh, Written in English by Paul Eckert.

Legislative changes, eco-tourism could curb illegal wildlife trade in Laos

A survey on wildlife market in Laos has revealed its local communities’ massive dependence on the product for food and livelihood, threatening the survival of many species in the country.  Nearly 90 percent of the households confirmed using wildlife, and the majority of the population was ...

Alok Gupta

NA session ends with endorsement of new govt policy framework

The National Assembly (NA) has ended its mid-year session after endorsing four resolutions that create a legal framework under which the government and relevant authorities will carry out their duties over the next six months. Assembly President Mrs Pany Yathotou on Thursday officially closed the 9th ...

Times Reporters

U.S. court asked to force Facebook to release Myanmar officials' data for genocide case

Lawyers bringing a case before the World Court accusing Myanmar of genocide against its Rohingya Muslim minority have asked a U.S. district court to order Facebook to release posts and communications of the country’s military and police. The International Court of Justice based in the Hague ...

Anthony Deutsch

Coronavirus: Thailand extends state of emergency until May 31

Thailand is extending the state of emergency for a month until May 31, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced on Tuesday (April 28), even as new coronavirus cases in the country have been on a decline for the past few weeks. “The extension is necessary. Many orders especially in ...

Hathai Techakitteranun

Delay mulled for personal data law enforcement

The Digital Economy and Society (DES) Ministry is seeking to postpone the enforcement of the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA), due to take effect late next month, saying state and private organisations will be too burdened to comply during the pandemic. The PDPA was published in ...

KOMSAN TORTERMVASANA AND SUCHIT LEESA-NGUANSUK

Cambodia Approves Law on State of Emergency Despite Warnings From Rights Groups

Cambodia’s National Assembly approved legislation on Friday authorizing a state of emergency to contain the spread of the coronavirus despite widespread concerns that it would give unchecked power to Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has rolled back democratic freedoms in the country. The parliament’s 125 lawmakers, ...

The coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity for organized crime in Asia

To say the global novel coronavirus pandemic is causing chaos and affecting lives in real and tangible ways is certainly no understatement. But one impact that has not received significant attention is how its spread is hurting the efforts of governments to combat transnational organized crime ...

Jeremy Douglas

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