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WEBINAR: Human rights and democratic regression in Asia
Three experts on human rights and civil society discuss the situation in two countries which have seen recent democratic regression, Thailand and Myanmar, as well as the use of forced disappearances.
The dark side of civil society? How Thailand’s civic networks foster autocracy
Royalist civil society networks operate as repressive forces which reduce democratic space.
Look right: The conservative elites opposing Thailand’s protesters
Right-wing royalists and a bureaucratic and ideological system have for decades lauded the monarchy and rejected criticism as “un-Thai”.
Uncivil Society: How democracy is being undermined from within
Democracy advocates are confronting the reality that they face hindrances from civil society as well as the state.