National Survey Displays High Public Perceptions of Thailand’s Courts

January 24, 2011 — An article in Asia Times Online (Hong Kong) examines recent Thailand court cases involving supporters and detractors of self-exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra. The author references The Asia Foundation’s 2009 survey, Constitutional Reform and Democracy in Thailand – A National Survey of the Thai People, as saying that Thailand’s courts are ranked high in public perceptions compared to other state agencies. According to the poll, Thai respondents gave the highest marks to the courts for integrity, ranking them above the army, Election Commission, and media. Parliament was ranked at the bottom of the poll, registering even lower than the perennially corrupt police. Read the full article: “Thai courts weigh up crucial cases.”

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