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Achara Ashayagachat

Senior reporter on socio-political issues

Bangkok Post's senior reporter on socio-political issues.

Achara Ashayagachat
20 Feb 2017

Put people at Asean's heart

I was just a child when the strongmen from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand announced the formation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in the mellow Thai resort town of Bang Saen in 1967.

20 Feb 2017
14 Feb 2017

Bail and compassion

Criteria for bail are necessary but our system currently approves bail for convicted murderers and not for those merely charged with free speech.

14 Feb 2017 7
Bail and compassion
13 Jan 2017

Enfant terrible

The young man and political dissident called Pai Dao Din - a pain to authorities but without doubt a youth with courage and fighting spirit.

13 Jan 2017 13
Enfant terrible
26 Dec 2016

Asean's Rohingya dilemma

Myanmar held a timely, face-saving meeting on the growing Rohingya crisis last Monday, and now the rest of the world has retreated to its corner, so to speak.

26 Dec 2016 1
17 Dec 2016

Migrant workers need full protection

Having worked as a domestic helper for a Thai family for five years, Kon has blended in well with her neighbourhood. Most people are not aware she is a migrant worker.

17 Dec 2016
Migrant workers need full protection
14 Dec 2016

Building the firewall

The National Legislative Assembly will disappoint civil groups and business alike with a new law to enable the military regime's control of everything cyber.

14 Dec 2016 9
Building the firewall
9 Nov 2016

The failed watchdogs

Blame the middle class, at least in part, for holding back Thailand from becoming a successful society based on reasoning.

9 Nov 2016 18
The failed watchdogs
12 Oct 2016

Wrong road travelled

The NCPO power-holders could have reached out and embraced stakeholders, but have chosen to consolidate power through military cronyism.

12 Oct 2016 6
Wrong road travelled
13 Sep 2016

Same as the old boss

The new army commander in the deep South is the younger brother of the current, retiring army commander - and that's a problem.

13 Sep 2016 4
Same as the old boss
18 Aug 2016

Self-styled saviours

Suspicion for last week's bombs is focussed partly on the southern BRN group, which has acted to "save Islam" in the past.

18 Aug 2016
Self-styled saviours