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Thailand: Digital Ministry Established as Part of National Digital Economy Plan

(June 14, 2016) It was reported on June 3, 2016, that Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly, whose members have been appointed by the military government, unanimously approved legislation establishing a new Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) in the country. (NLA Approves Establishment of Digital Ministry, BANGKOK POST (June 3, 2016).) This administrative change is […]

Thailand: Blacklist for Foreigners Who Overstay Visas

(Apr. 6, 2016) On March 20, 2016, as part of tightened security measures, new immigration rules entered into force banning the re-entry into Thailand of foreigners who unlawfully overstay their visas by more than 90 days. (Banned: New Rule Comes into Force Prohibiting Visa Overstayers from Re-Entering Thailand, COCONUTS BANGKOK (Feb. 18, 2016).) The rules […]

Thailand: First Inheritance Tax in Decades Comes into Force

(Feb. 5, 2016) On February 1, 2016, an inheritance tax came into effect in Thailand for the first time in 72 years. The purpose of the law is to increase the tax base to generate revenue. The government has announced it expects to reap the equivalent of US$28 to $56 million from the new tax […]

Thailand/United Nations: Call to Investigate Disappearances, Ratify Treaty

(Jan. 8, 2016) On January 6, 2016, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, called on the Thai government to criminalize enforced disappearances; to investigate the cases of over 80 individuals who have disappeared, including the prominent attorney Somchai Neelapaijit; and to immediately ratify the International Convention for the Protection […]

Thailand: Use of Hand-Held Cell Phones at Red Lights Ruled Illegal

(Aug. 18, 2015) It was reported on August 2, 2015, that the fourth Standing Committee of Thailand’s Council of State has ruled that it is illegal for a driver stopped at a red light to talk on a hand-held mobile phone. (Thailand: Use of Mobile at Red Light Is Illegal, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Aug. 2, […]

Thailand: Alcohol Banned Near Educational Institutions

(Aug. 14, 2015) On July 22, 2015, the Office of the Prime Minister of Thailand issued an amendment to the country’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Act. It will enter into force 30 days after publication. (Note to Readers: Clarification on New Laws Curbing Alcohol Sales in Thailand, KHAOSOD ENGLISH (July 27, 2015); Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, […]

Thailand: New Criminal Court Division for Human Trafficking Cases

(Aug. 12, 2015) According to Thailand Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, a new criminal court division to handle human trafficking cases was to open on August 10, 2015; an announcement of the establishment of the new division was made in the country’s Royal Gazette. (Thailand: Activists, Experts Welcome Slave Trade Court, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Aug. […]

Thailand: Anti-Corruption Law Penalties Extended to Foreigners

(Aug. 7, 2015) Amendments to Thailand’s Anti-Corruption Act took effect on July 9, 2015, upon their publication in the Royal Gazette. The amended Act imposes harsher penalties on state officials and extends the maximum penalty, capital punishment, to foreigners found guilty of corruption. (New Anti-Corruption Law in Thailand Extends Death Penalty to Foreigners, GUARDIAN (July […]

Thailand: Constitutional Referendum to Be Held

(June 5, 2015) The government of Thailand, a country that has been under military rule since a May 2014 coup, announced on May 19, 2015, that it will hold a referendum on a new draft constitution completed in April 2015. The draft law is to replace the interim Constitution adopted in July 2014; the junta, […]

Thailand: Proposed Law to Place Restrictions on Tobacco Sales

(May 28, 2015) On May 26, 2015, Thailand’s Cabinet approved a draft law on tobacco control; the legislation was first sent to the Cabinet by the Ministry of Public Health in December 2014. The provisions include raising the minimum age for the purchase of cigarettes from 18 to 20 and banning the sale of individual […]