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Yearbook 2017

2017 ThailandThailand. In January, southern Thailand suffered major flooding after unusually heavy and prolonged rains. At least 40 people were killed as a result of the floods, which affected over 1.5 million Thais.

At a televised ceremony in April, King Maha Vajiralongkorn wrote under the country's new constitution. According to the military junta, which drafted the constitution, the king's approval meant that democratic elections would be held at the end of 2018. However, according to critics, the new constitution meant major restrictions on democracy.

In the spring, southern Thailand was shaken by several serious attacks and bombings. According to Countryaah.com, over 500 shots were fired at a police booth and at least twelve police officers were injured in the province of Yala in April. In the city of Pattani, 60 people were injured in May when a car bomb exploded outside a grocery store, and in the capital Bangkok exploded in a military-owned hospital that month. In the explosion, which took place on the three-year anniversary of the military coup, 24 people were injured.

2017 Thailand

Authorities threatened to sue the US company Facebook in Thailand if Facebook did not remove 131 links that violated Thai laws - mainly the majors laws - before May 16. However, after the deadline expired, Facebook had not taken any action. Almost a week later, a police spokesman stated that not only those who have published insulting posts against the king would be chased by police, but also those who read.

According to media reports, since the 2014 military coup, the judgments for majestic crimes had increased from a handful to several hundred, at the same time as the punishment became more severe. For example, a lawyer arrested in April risked 150 years in prison for "ten cases of royal slander and three cases of incitement". Among other things, the lawyer is said to have assisted members of a political opposition group with legal assistance. He must also have been a legal advisor in a case concerning royal insult.

Over the summer, more than 60 people were sentenced to long prison sentences in the country's largest human trafficking trial. Among those convicted were a general in the Thai army as well as police and local politicians. The criminal investigation began in 2015 after abandoned refugee camps with over 30 dead were found near the border with Malaysia. According to the prosecution, refugees, most of whom were Rohingy, had been held hostage and pressed for ransom in the camps. The longest sentence of 94 years in prison received a Burmese who organized a camp in the jungle. At least 17 other people were sentenced to more than 70 years in prison. According to a statement to the Reuters news agency, the harsh punishment was for marking that human trafficking is prohibited in Thailand.

In September, former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was sentenced in his absence to five years in prison for neglect in connection with a government program for rice subsidies during his time in power. According to critics, the program cost the equivalent of several billion SEK in losses. When the verdict fell, Shinawatra was on the run. In connection with the verdict, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha announced that Shinawatra would be sought through diplomatic contacts and through Interpol.

In October, Thailand's former king Bhumibol was buried, who passed away last October. Since his death, about 12 million people have visited the Royal Palace in Bangkok to honor him and say goodbye. During the five-day cremation ceremony, around 250,000 visitors were expected. Bhumibol Adulyadej was Thailand's king for 70 years.

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