NCPO Orders 9/2559

Govt defends NCPO’s order no. 9/2559

Date of Release: 
Mar 13 2016

BANGKOK, 13 March 2016 (NNT) – The government has defended order no. 9/2559 recently issued by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), saying that it will boost the country’s economy.

Government spokesman Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the NCPO’s order no. 9/2559 was actually meant to promote the well-being of the public through government mega-projects and a revamp of disaster prevention and mitigation.

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Myanmar races ahead as we back-pedal

Date of Release: 
Mar 17 2016

All eyes have been on Myanmar this week as it finally voted a new president, Htin Kyaw, into office, in so doing becoming the latest debutante into the democratic club. A close aide (for many he is a proxy) of democracy icon Aug San Suu Kyi, who is blocked from taking up the role due to constitutional hurdles, Htin Kyaw is the first civilian leader of the country since 1962.

The new Myanmar government faces high expectations. We know the multi-ethnic country of 60 million, with chronic problems of ethnic tensions, will not turn into a fully fledged democratic society overnight.

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Revoke Article 44, say NGOs

Date of Release: 
Mar 18 2016

A MASSIVE coalition of 60 civil society groups have urged the government to refrain from exercising special powers under Article 44 of the interim charter, which recently allowed major development projects to bypass proper Environme-ntal Impact Assessments (EIAs).

At yesterday's panel discussion on the issue, non-government organisations (NGOs) also warned that conflicts with affected communities could result in violence.

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NCPO orders ‘will cause more conflict’

Date of Release: 
Mar 19 2016

EXPERTS have warned that the government will be responsible for more serious rights violations, plus economic disparity - and the next political time-bomb - if it continues its use of "special power".

Key panellists at an academic conference yesterday on communal rights, the environment and city planning, urged the government to stop using power under Article 44 of the interim charter, as they voiced concern that it would cause a new round of political conflict.

The event was arranged by 11 public organisations, plus Rangsit and Thammasat universities.

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