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Mong Thongdee, stateless origami airplane hero has his beneficial civil registration status suspended.

 
Duangrit Ketuma, Mong’s teacher request legal assistance from Bangkok legal clinic to  inquire the suspension and possible revocation of his stateless student status s  in Thailand. 
 
Mong Thongdee captured  hearts  of local and international   audiences when the report of his   plea for permission to  travel l  to represent Thaland  in  paper planes origami competition  in Japan  last  year with  the Thai PM, Abhisit Vejjajiva. The boy took home a  bronze for himself and the gold medal for three-person team for thailand. After he had won in the competition  Sciences Ministers offered scholarship up to a PhD  and  a consideration if he would be conferred that Thai nationality from his good conducts.
 
 Duangrit  Ketima, a  teacher who  petitioned Bangkok Legal Clinic said, unlike  other time,  the boy was not allowed to travel with his  stateless student  document to  demonstrate  his skill in  a workshop  in  the  other province.  A civil registrar  informed that  Mong has duplicated civil registration status, hence his student status is in a suspension, pending revocation of not contested. The teacher worried that his stateless student status, which allowed him to travel  for competition,  enjoy  state’s healthcare welfare for stateless and other benefits , will be revoked and the boy will face enormous problems.
 
Other stateless students sharing the same  status  faced the same challenges, according to  Ketima.
 
Bongkot Napaumporn, Bangkok Legal Clinic  officer, said  the  Clinic  will send and urgent petition to the National Human Rights Commission to review  the action.   The suspension  of the better civil  status for Mong who is studying in a THai school will  deprived the boy of  better rights, comparing to the status of migrant worker’s dependent  the boy inherited from his  Shan migrant parents.  She said the boy will not enjoy the right to  state’s healthcare  when the  stateless student  status is revoked.
 
The stateless student status will prevent him from being deported and other problems related to the uncertain  future of  Burmese Nationality Verification as the process is very complex, expensive and time consuming and practically does not cover children and dependent of migrant workers, despite it will legalize the workers.   The boy may risk  arrest and deportation. The result of  the nationality  verification of his  ethnic Shan parents is pending. The Shan ethnic is one of the non-ceasefire groups that still fight against the Burmese junta.
 
Ms. Napaumporn is seeking  temporary  protection for Mong  from the National Human Rights  Council and other related agencies to ensure that  the boy will regain the status he  deserves. 

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Autopsy reports: Red shirts killed by high velocity ammunitions (Update)

Bangkok Post and Thairath published autopsies of victicms of the 10 April incidents.

Autopsies on 11 victims of the violence on Saturday night revealed nine red-shirt demonstrators were killed by high velocity bullets to the head or chest, an independent committee announced on Monday afternoon.

No details were given of the bullet calibre or possible  weapon used.

Police General Hospital chief medical officer Jongjet Aowajenpong said five of the the nine victims were shot in the head, and four in the chest.

Another victim died from respiratory failure, Pol Maj Gen Jongjet said.

Pol Maj Gen Jongjet said Japanese camerman Hiro Muramoto, a Reuters journalist,  was shot in the chest but the committee will not reveal the details of his death.

He said the Japanese government has asked the Thai government not to reveal the details to the public.

Experts will look into the types of fireams used and other aspects of the shootings, he said.

There were 21 deaths – 17 civilians, including a foreign reporter, and four soldiers – with 863 others injured in the political bloodshed in Bangkok on Saturday.

Military rifles issued to troops in Thailand are generally high-velocity small calibre, such as the M16 which fires a 5.56mm high velocity cartridge. Pictures from Saturday night’s riot show figures identitied as protesters also with military-type weapons, including an M16.

Weapon sighting included Tavor Tar 21, using the ammunition at the same caliber as an M-16 (5.56×45 NATO).  supposedly official guns. Whoever, the men in black are, they kept their spent cartridges well.

Thairath went in details and reported  five protesters  (Sawat, Yutthana, Wasan, Ampol,  and Praisom) died because of with brain trauma from high velocity gun shots. The first four people were “killed from gun shot wound, destroying their brains. Bullet entered from back [went through the skulls] and exited through the front” ( italic added in translation. เสียชีวิตจากบาดแผลกระสุนปืนทำลายสมอง กระสุนปืนเข้าจากบริเวณด้านหลังทะลุด้านหน้า). Other three men (Tawatchai, Charoon, and an identified Thai man) were shot in the chest-abdominal areas (entry: chest, puncture lungs, a liver and main arteries) it was  unclear some bullets could be recovered from those bodies. A man died of personal  respiratory failure.

I’ll leave readers to interpret trajectories.

UPDATE: Got a photo of one victim from http://thaienews.blogspot.com/2010/04/10_13.html. Graphic content and could be disturbing. The ballistic trajectory is not my interpretation.

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Interestingly, new riot gears purchased.

A vast arsenal of anti-riot equipment – worth 243 million baht – has been bought or ordered since the ISA was invoked more than three weeks ago.

The array of crowd-control gear includes “Robocop” armour, rubber bullets, tear gas grenades, gas masks, batons and vehicles fitted with water cannons.

The new set of riot control equipment “of international standard” is to be used by 60 military companies and other security forces responsible for dealing with the red shirt protest.

A military source said army chief Anupong Paojinda had discontinued the use of old rubber bullets and tear gas canisters bought from the US and China in 1995 and ordered the use of all newly acquired crowd control equipment to prevent a repeat of the mistakes made in handling the demonstration in front of the parliament by the People’s Alliance for Democracy on Oct 7, 2008.

The source said the government had placed an order for 400,000 rubber bullets used with a special adapter attached to the muzzle of an M16 rifle, and another 8,000 rubber bullets for shotguns. The rubber bullets cost 25 baht each. An order has also been placed for blanks worth 48 baht each.

The government has also ordered from Britain and Malaysia hand-thrown tear gas aerosol canisters priced at 2,920 baht each, and gun-fired tear gas grenades priced at 2,700 baht each.

Tear gas grenade launchers valued at about 30,000 baht each have also been ordered.

The government has also ordered riot control body shields worth 4,430 baht each, “Robocop” armour (19,000 baht each), gas masks (24,000 baht each), riot control batons (900 baht each) and crowd control vehicles fitted with water canons worth 18 million baht each, among other equipment.

More than 47,000 soldiers have been assigned to help police maintain security during the red shirt demonstration in Bangkok.

— Anti-riot arsenal piles up/ http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/security/35649/anti-riot-arsenal-piles-up

New sets of riot gears within three weeks. Were the ones used last year not functioning? Will they really want to use them in protracted protests this time? Where were the last batches? And apart from GT200, who have won the bid?

Will they work well this time?

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Explosion and Lack of Control on Explosives

Daily explosions have intensified in Bangkok. No information has been provided who did it. However, this proves that Thailand has very week law in controlling explosive were smuggled from weapon depots. Military weapons were smuggled out to create climate of security, so that the government will continue to impose Internal Security Act.

Indeed, the investigation should be able to trace marking on the explosives, when possible and also how the military weapons were smuggled out of the depot to Bangkok. The Security Act and the military watchmen around Bangkok cannot prevent explosion.

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Some Bangkok dwellers’ responses to the Red people

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Pending larger benefits to the underground business…

Some would notice that there are news of looming mass deportation of migrant workers, most of them will be Burmese and ethnic people from Myanmar who will not want to share their sensitive personal information with the junta.

Here is a very brief practical projection we already knew: where the money will be

The sectors hiring migrants have not been vocal about the policy that affects them: the fisheries and related downstream industries, knit textiles and garment and agro-industries. The migrant workers contributed to “$53 million to the economy every year.”

It is likely that those who advocate the restrictive and difficult to comply policy such as national verification process that will exclude people like the Rohinya, the non-Burmans, the Shan, etc. will enjoy acknowledging that the more restrictive the policy is, the money and benefit will go underground and nourish influential figures, mafia, corrupted civil, police and military officials and human trafficking groups.

And it is funny that the economics post grad still advocates the restrictive path to fund mafia and corrupted officials.

Samut Sakorn workers who wanted to avoid the natinality verification process already quit their jobs. So after 28 Feb., expect the seafood price will be increased as there will be less willing labour to do it. Switching to underground illegal labour will take some time and will benefit the black economy than the state at large.

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Urgent: Thailand to deport Karens fleeing from astrocity

An urgent email reached people today that tomorrow, the local authority, probably with permission from the Thai government will order Usata and Nong Bua Christian Karen refugees, who are ow residing in temporary shelters in Tak. to be deported.

According to Cross Border News Agency, the refugees did not want to remain in Thailand, they wanted to go back home but it will be extremely unsafe.

The villages are planted with landmines, forced portering and labour, women could face rape. They was not very willing to stay in a refugee camps in Thailand, as they will compromise freedom of movement in return to very grime lives and restriction. For now it would be the only choice.

Yet, the local authorities demanded they be forced to leave Thailand tomorrow.

If the Hmong forced repatriation was under the media spotlight, and yet no one can ask the Thai government to stop it, the silenced Karen deportation will risk the Burmese and DKBA soldiers, landmines and their lives as soon as they arrive the border.

It is not likely that someone will ask the Burmese government that they can monitor the return of the Karen refugees. I was informed at the last minute.

The deportation will start tomorrow. I only hope to spread the words and hope that the Thai government will stop the refoulment.

Here is a link of news in Thai: http://gotoknow.org/file/ngaochan/CBNA_53.doc and if anyone want photos and first hand account interview from human right lawyers who have visited the temporary shelters, background or any information, drop me a message.

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ThaiNoSniff: because you dont’ want the government to peek into your house

iLaw offered an interesting word count analysis today for the draft personal information act, proposed proudly by the cabinet and the Democrat party of Thailand. The draft law, which allows large scale compulsory installation of sniffer software is not waiting for an approval at the house of representatives. I could see that the law will win flavor because every people in power will want to be able to control, opps, protect privacy, when that privacy may stabilize their power.

The law provide almost every ground of exemption for authorities and ISPs, to view, store, investigate personal information for security reasons or international relation reasons.

As if we do not know that everything could fall under the net of security reasons, when ast time I remember the Democrat label blogs that criticize the party as grave security threats or even worse that that call them violating “the” institution. Many “red” blogs or whatever seem to be red were shut down or under the watchful ‘eye of ICT Sauron’ because they said or wrote something that were lawful, but the Democrat did not like it.

I hope you remember. And this well happen against if the sniffers were forced to be installed in every ISPs’ gateway. They will not watch only bit torrent download, illegal copyright infringement and porns. You know that they will obviously use this to tackle people who disagree with the government.

Even the Democrat leave the office and surrender the executive power, the next government will happily pick it up, like the Computer Crime Act or the Internal Security Act, the the new government gladly adopted and use them.

Please help #ThaiNoSniff campaign.

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Thai No Sniff

Look like the government will impose the rule that the ISPs will have to legally install sniffing software to read and detect internet traffic to prevent “copyright problems”

Please check FB group http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=27585844
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This was proposed by Thai ICT.

More news in Thai: http://www.thannews.th.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=19658:5-&catid=176:2009-06-25-09-26-02&Itemid=524

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@ FCCT Medecins Sans Frontieres Media Advisory (Hmong)

Got this in the mailbox.
Medecins Sans Frontieres Media Advisory

MSF withdraws from Hmong camp in Phetchabun because of Thai Military Restrictions and Coercive Tactics.

2.00pm – Weds May 20, 2009
Medecins Sans Frontieres has been compelled to terminate its medical relief program for refugees in Huai Nam Khao camp in Petchabun province in northern Thailand as a direct result of the Thai military’s scare tactics.

These tactics include pressuring ethnic Lao Hmong refugees to accept a forced return to Laos, and intensifying restrictions on MSF’s activities, such as trying to force MSF to temporarily cutting food distributions to the refugee population and forcing patients to pass through military control to obtain medical care, have compelled

Medecins Sans Frontieres has provided humanitarian assistance to the Hmong refugees in Huai Nam Khao, since 2005. As the sole international presence in the camp, MSF is issuing a final appeal to the Thai and Laotian governments to immediately stop deporting the Hmong refugees in Huai Nam Khao and to allow an independent third party to review the refugees’ claims for protection and to monitor any repatriations.

Speakers:

– Gilles Isard – MSF’s head of mission in Thailand
– Angela MAKATA – Field coordinator
– Pierre-Alexis DEMAY – Clinical psychologist

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Just like por previous experiences from the other “camps,” the infrastructures are ready to be accessed, but you have to ask the military first.

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