Thailand's amnesty bill and the countdown to the general election

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Restless Beings is extending its news capacity to include your contributions of citizen journalism. We want to provide a platform for those who want to share their story, and allow us to see events through their eyes. Whether you are a blogger, journalist or just want to have your say, contact pr@restlessbeings.org and tell us your story.

Our first contribution is written by a Thai citizen living in the UK. Ahead of Thailand’s general election, they tell us about the controversy surrounding the proposed amnesty bill, which, according to critics, could allow human rights abuses to go unpunished if passed.

The author has requested anonymity.

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In a new column, North African Dispatches, Imad Mesdoua casts a light on the case of Western Sahara, Africas last, forgotten colony. He traces the history of the region from Spanish colonialism to Moroccan occupation, and charts the tremendous obstacles in the path to freedom that the Saharawi people have faced over the past decades. Unless a just peace is found soon, Mesdoua argues, the repercussions...

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