Judgment of the Civil Court on the Legality of the Issuance of Emergency Decree

(Unofficial Translation) Judgment of the Civil Court on the Legality of the Issuance of Emergency Decree On 19 February at 15:30 hours, at courtroom 712, the Civil Court, Ratchadaphisek Road, the Court delivered its judgment in Black Case No. 275/2557 where Mr. Thavorn Seniam, core leader of the PDRC, was the plaintiff filing a complaint against Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra, caretaker Prime Minister and Minister of Defence; Police Captain Chalerm Ubumrung, caretaker Minister of Labour and the Director of Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO); and Pol. Gen. Adul Saengsingkaew, National Police Chief and Deputy Director of the CMPO, as defendants nos. 1 – 3, for violation as a result of declaring a state of emergency in Bangkok areas, Nonthaburi, and some districts in Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan on 21 January 2014, effective from 22 January; and for issuing regulations under Sections 9 and 11 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in State of Emergency (2005) on 23 January 2014, which were illegitimate and not yet necessary.

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Exploring Amazing Places in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province

A seaside province south of Bangkok, Prachuap Khiri Khan is organizing a tourism festival from 21 February to 2 March 2014 for visitors to explore its places of interest, as well as local culture and lifestyle.

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Working out New Policy on the Southern Border Provinces

The Office of the National Security Council is accelerating the formulation of the new Southern Border Provinces Administration and Development Policy to handle the southern situation.

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Ruling of the Civil Court on the Emergency Decree

Thailand’s Civil Court has ruled that the Yingluck Shinawatra caretaker government has the authority to enforce the emergency decree to maintain peace and order, but the Government has to refrain from use of violence on anti-government demonstrators or to break up a peaceful demonstration.

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Familiarization Trip for Better Understanding about Political Demonstrations in Bangkok

More than 40 members of the international media from Asia and Europe have been invited to visit Thailand for a familiarization trip during the last two weeks of February 2014.

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Economic Outlook for 2014

The Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) reported that the Thai economy in 2013 expanded by 2.9 percent. As for 2014, it projected that the Thai economy would grow in the range of 3-4 percent.

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Thai Airways International Introduces THAI Sky Connect Service

Thai Airways International (THAI) has announced the introduction of THAI Sky Connect service for wireless internet connection (WiFi) on board THAI’s Airbus A330-300 and A380-800 aircraft.

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New Eco-Tourist Site in the Southern Border Province of Yala

Yala, one of the southern border provinces, has launched a campaign to make its principal eco-tourist site, “Unseen Hala-Bala,” better known.

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Adjusting Marketing Plan to Maintain Tourist Confidence

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is adjusting its tourism marketing plan to maintain tourist confidence in Thailand after a report showed a decline in the number of international visitors in January 2014.

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Public Relations Campaign to Promote Foreign Filmmaking in Thailand

The Department of Tourism, under the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, will launch several projects in 2014 to promote foreign filmmaking in Thailand.



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