Thailand Democracy Research Paper

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THAILAND AND DEMOCRACRY
Terminologically, the word democracy comes from Greek words demo (people) and kratein (to govern; to rule). Democracy basically is government in which the supreme power is vested in the people. Another popular definition of democracy is comes from Abraham Lincoln who stated that democracy as the government of the people, by the people and for the people. To specify the meaning of democracy, a number of indicators can be used to define what democracy is all about. There are many aspects that make democracy as the democracy that political minds always refer to. The aspects or indicators are including political rights and civil liberties, popular sovereignty, democratic values and economic democracy. In this paper, we used two of the indicators to define the democracy in Thailand in 2001 until 2005 focusing on the time of Thaksin Shinawatra as the prime minister of Thailand.
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Bureaucrats and law enforcement officials received bribes to illicit activities like ignoring drug trafficking which especially often during war on drug campaign. The law officers and polices were also misuse or use their power in excessive force in dealing with crimes and protests especially on the tensions in the south. There were cases of police wrongfully killed criminal suspects during the war on drugs campaign.
Freedom of assembly and association was protected and respected by the Constitution and the government. Presence of permits for gathering was not compulsory unless the gatherings held on public property or organized by foreign nationals. Nonetheless, the permits were granted routinely. Private associations are allowed but must be registered and the registrations also were granted routinely. However, during 2004, the imposition of martial law in Southern Thailand due to insurgency restricted the freedom of assembly and association particularly in Southern

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