Time magazine has named prominent Thai human-rights lawyer Arnon Nampa among its influential “Time 100 Next” list of emerging leaders who are shaping the future.
Arnon is also one of the core leaders of the youth-led pro-democracy movement.
“Arnon has energised young Thais with his demands to strip political power from the historically sacrosanct royal family and shred the military-drafted constitution.
“As a result, he has been arrested three times in recent months and charged with sedition.
“But as Covid-19 continues to impact Thailand’s tourism-reliant economy, more young people are joining demonstrations that are already the biggest since the 2014 coup d’etat, which experts say is pressuring the military-led government into a corner, ” wrote Time’s Charlie Campbell.
Arnon, along with three leaders of the pro-democracy movement – Parit Chiwarak, Somyos Prueksakasemsuk and Patiwat Saraiyam – is now being held at Bangkok Remand Prison.
The other individuals who have made the Time list include Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin; actor and former American footballer John David Washington; actor Regé-Jean Page; Demon Slayer manga author Koyoharu Gotouge; and Amanda Gorman, the first person to be named a National Youth Poet Laureate. — The Nation/ANN