Thailand 12th Coup and its Discontent:

“…Anti-coup movement does not help Thailand going through the needed reform period. It only distracts us from moving into the right direction and fixing the root cause of the decades long political crises… Reforms are necessary and Election is a goal, but first, Stop the Violence!”

Anti-Coup movements in Thailand assume the historical legacy and conventional framework of military coups being carried out by ‘power-hungry military officers, seeking to depose existing regimes in order to rule their nations indefinitely’. Under these prevailing attitudes, all military coups constitute the affront to legitimacy and democracy. My situation analysis and field experience in Thailand attempt to challenge this conventional view and its underlying assumptions, hence I argue against the anti-coup movements we see in today’s crises.

Studies[1] have found that although all military coups have anti-democratic features, some coups are distinctly more democracy promoting than others because they respond to popular opposition against authoritarian or totalitarian regimes, overthrow those regimes, and facilitate free and fair elections. Case studies used under the Harvard International Law Journal include the 1960 military coup in Turkey, the 1974 military coup in Portugal, and the 2011 military coup in Egypt. Today I would illustrate and contrast the case of Egypt’s military coup and that of Thailand.

On February 11, 2011, the Egyptian Armed Forces seized power from President Hosni Mubarak in a coup d’e ́tat. The coup was staged in response to determined protests over eighteen days by hundreds of thousands of Egyptians demanding the ouster of the autocratic and corrupt Mubarak regime and its replacement with democracy. The demonstrations were largely non-ideological and the protestors hailed from all facets of Egyptian society. Women and men, Muslims and Christians, secularists and Islamists, the poor and the wealthy all joined hands in the aptly named al-Tahrir, or Liberation Square, in a call for freedom and democracy after decades of rule by dictators. That call was answered, not by a foreign power, but by the country’s own military, which seized power from Mubarak and assumed control of the government[2].

On May 20, 2014, the Thai army imposed a martial law in attempt to prevent further loss of civilian deaths. Following six months of street protests that have left the country without a proper functioning government, 28 people killed with 700 injured, the intelligence reports have indicated war weapons would be used to instigate further violence in the country. Two days later, the Thai Army took control of the government in a Coup after a meeting with all rival factions aimed at finding a solution which ended inconclusively with neither side backing down from their entrenched positions and both vowed to continue their rallies.

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I argue that today the Thai army has justified their actions. There are two burdens of proof that vindicated the military actions. One is the need for swift and efficient means to secure order and curb violence and two is the need for a legitimated facilitator to move forward the necessary reforms that address the root causes of a decades long political crisis. These problems are the abuses of power by the politicians, the widespread corruptions and the administrative incompetency. There are enough evidences and several court rulings that expose the public to various acts of corruption and abuses of power by Both the pro and anti-Thaksin regime during the past decade. Do not make today’s problem only an Election versus Appointment i.e. democratic vs. non-democratic mode of governing. Do not forget what have been the real issues in the past decades. Violation of human rights, Threats to freedom of expression and media, Limited access to justice, Culture of impunity, by both sides of the conflicts… Everyone agrees that reforms are necessary for this country and election has to be held for a legitimated government. But first we need to stop the violence, and the army is the best one who evidently is more capable than the caretaker government. We all know that Thailand has lived under decades of authoritarian and/or dictatorship since 1932. Fragile democracy status we could not yet get over. It is now time to learn the lessons and realize what is the real call for Freedom and Democracy. What these two terms mean to us are not just about voting but public interest and social responsibility attitudes by every single one of us in the society, as well as the accountability from those who representing us. In Egypt, all facets of Egyptian society initiated the calls for reforms, and Thai army is calling for the same thing from all Thai people.

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The National Peace and Order Maintaining Council

 

In Egypt…the Credit for the successful overthrow of the Mubarak regime went in large part to the Egyptian Armed Forces, who refused to fire on the protestors during the demonstrations and stepped in to assume control of the government when Mubarak stubbornly refused to relinquish his stronghold. President Barack Obama heaped praise on the Egyptian military for “serv[ing] patriotically and responsibly as a caretaker to the state” and expressed his confidence that the military would “ensure a transition that is credible in the eyes of the Egyptian people.”

For Thailand, if praising the army is too much to ask now as there are uncertainties regarding the outcome of the needed reforms and the new constitution. But I think it is not a time to protest against those who work to curb today’s violence in the society. Today we have seen both sides of the arguments; supporting and against the coup. Points of those who opposed the army move are well respected. The real issue is how we should prioritize the concerns from both sides of arguments i.e. Security/stability vs Freedom/human rights. Situation has to be constantly monitor to ensure that there are boundary to the repression and limiting the negative impact under the coup while using this opportunity to advance on the needed country reforms.

Most importantly, to ensure democratic means and legitimacy of the coup, we need to see the meaningful participation and decision-making by a variety of groups in the reform agenda-setting; politicians from all factions, academia, businesses and interest groups, civil society organizations, bureaucrats etc. The army knows they have no capacity to make a successful or sustainable one without the public participation and consent. Although certain human rights and media freedom is repressed at time of the military junta, safety and security is prioritised in order to allow conflict resolution via dialogues and group discussion facilitated by the neutral body. Issues have always been how to create and maintain an atmosphere of ‘trust’ among those at the negotiation table. The army is here to enforce and anchor those trust and commitments to reforms. What the reforms may look like at the end depends on what are presented on the table and who are taking part in the decision-making…

Anti-coup movement does not help Thailand going through the needed transitional and reform period. It only distracts us from moving into the right direction and fixing the root cause of the problems. Brainstorming and executing national reforms is what we should be focusing now that we can enjoy the period of calm and stability provided by the Army. The sooner we complete the reforms or at least the agenda-setting, the sooner there will be the general election and the functioning democracy in Thailand with all the needed elements of Majority-ruled, Minority-respected, and Check-and-Balance system in place.

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(From Komchadluek, June 4, 2012) The cartoon reads: Thai democracy is the majority voice!!![refers to government efforts to rewrite laws and amend the constitution to provide amnesty for Thaksin]

Chirada Na Suwan (Fang)

Independent Consultant

chirada.nasuwan@gmail.com

Reference:

[1] Varol, Ozan O. (2012) ‘The Democratic Coup d’Etat’, Harvard International Law Journal, Vol. 53 [Ozan O. Varol is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law.)

[2] ibid

A RUN / WALK & JUSTICE AWARENESS EVENT: 10 January 2015

The 6th TRIO FOR JUSTICE : Early Bird Registration

What are youth activists & debaters do these days??
They will be joining the Access to Justice Weekend!
Run/Walk on Saturday, 10 January 2015
@Huey Tueng Tao Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand

What and Why

The Trio For Justice comprises a half-marathon, a 10K and 5K run/walk as well as a 3K fun run/walk. In 2015 we will be combining the 6th Trio For Justice with the popular Access to Justice Public Interest (A2J) Fair. These will be followed by the Access to Justice Celebration Dinner on the evening of the 10th and an access to justice themed movie night under the stars on Sunday the 11th. Various CLE workshops for law students from the region will be taking place on Thursday and Friday to complete the Access to Justice Weekend: 8-11 January 2015.

       

The proceeds of this event go towards supporting the work that CLE Foundation and our partners do with universities to establish and support legal clinics in Thailand, as well as BABSEA CLE’s projects supporting university-based and community-based legal clinical education throughout the region – working on issues of land law and sustainable development, the rights of stateless persons, rights of persons with HIV, migrant worker rights, prisoners’ rights, juvenile justice, access to health care, and the rights of transgender people and sex workers. Click here for more information about the event.
Access to Justice Celebration Dinner
 
The Access to Justice Celebration Dinner has been put together to celebrate both the Trio For Justice and A2J Fair and to give all participants a chance to deepen their connections with each other and replenish after a day of great accomplishments. Click here for more information.

Register Now!

We would like to remind you that the early bird rate for entry fees for the 6th Trio For Justice ends on 1 August, 2014. If you have not already signed up, do so now and benefit from the early bird rate!

Normal Registration Rates

Once the early bird period ends on 1 August, 2014 the registration rates will be changed as follows:
Category of Run/Walk
3K
5K
Early/Normal
(USD)
10K
Early/Normal
(USD)
21K
Early/Normal
(USD)
Thailand Students/Senior Citizens
Free!
Thailand Residents Free! 8/10 9/12 12/15 
International Registrants Free! 25/30  30/35 40/50 

Volunteer

If you don’t feel like running or walking, you can Volunteer…

Some of the options include:
  • Photographer
  • Volunteers to Hand out Water and Food
  • First Aid
  • Trio Setup Team
  • Trio Clean Up Team

 For Inquiries: contact@trioforjustice.org

Sponsor Us 

 
Sponsorship Packages Platinum Gold Silver Bronze
Cost Brackets (USD/THB) $1500/
฿46,000
$750/
฿23,000
$300/
฿9,200
$150/
฿4,600
Number of included runners 10 7 5 3
Exhibition Table at Event Yes Yes No No
Logo Placement (T-Shirt)* Sleeve Back Back Back
Company Banner at Start/Finish Yes No No No
Logo on Promotional Material All Large Material Only* Large Material Only* No
Logo on BABSEA CLE Newsletter Yes Yes Yes Yes
Logo on Trio for Justice Website Yes Yes Yes Yes

*Large Material includes at least banners and posters

To become a sponsor for the trio, email Bee, the BABSEA CLE Events Coordinator, at bee@babseacle.org or contact@trioforjustice.org

   

Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia Community Legal Education Initiative | 8 Soi 6, Tanon Suandok, | T. Suthep A. Muang | Chiang Mai | Chiang Mai | 50200 | Thailand

Debating Migration: A Critical Workshop on Migration Issues in Thailand

As part of the lead up to International Migrants Day celebrations, under the Saphan Siang campaign to promote a positive image of migrant workers, ILO and UNITE Thailand would like to invite your school to: ‘Debating Migration: A Critical Workshop on Migration Issues in Thailand.’ The event also coincides with the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, which focuses on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in persons.

The Saphan Siang campaign, supported by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific (ESCAP), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and World Vision International, increases public awareness on the issues faced by migrant workers, their positive contribution to Thailand’s economy and society, and their right to equal protection under the law and in practical access to support services.

The event will comprise of a mock debate by university students on a motion pertaining to migration issues, and a workshop by experts from UN agencies. Firstly, two composite teams, comprised of top university debaters from different institutions in Thailand, will debate a motion on a critical migration issue in Thailand and Asia. The debate intends to act as a demonstration to high school students about how debating is conducted, and to offer a comprehensive understanding of the socio-economic dimensions of migration. Secondly, there will be a migration workshop, in which experts from United Nations agencies will share their first hand experiences, insight and understanding on migration issues in Thailand and Asia.

These activities aim to empower youth in Thailand to be aware of complex social issues and participate in meaningful youth-led activities with the hope that they will be inspired to act as an engine of change in their schools and communities. We look forward welcoming your students at our activity.

The event is part of the lead up to International Migrants Day celebrations that will be held in Bangkok in December. To celebrate International Migrants Day on 18 December 2013, a multi-activity event day to introduce migration issues and the Saphan Siang campaign to the Thai public will be held.

Schedule on the 2nd of December 2013

10.00-10.15: Opening remarks by the International Labour Organization and other United Nations agencies

10.15-11.15: A mock debate by Thai University Students, judged by the experts of the International Labour Organization

11.15-11.45: Refreshment

11.45-12.45: Workshop No.1: Migration and Development: Global Trends in Asia

12:45-14.00: Lunch

14.00-15.00: Workshop No. 2: Migration and Social Inclusion/Exclusion in Thailand

15.00: Group picture

Click to Download the official Invitation Letter to attend the event

Please RSVP by November 25, 2013

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Please scan and submit your RSVP to: kokolization@gmail.com

Kroekkiat Tiamsai

UNITE Thailand Project Manager

Central European University’s School of Public Policy

Central European University’s School of Public Policy

Come pursue a Master’s degree in public policy at a U.S. accredited university in one of Europe’s most interesting cities. Study in a diverse, innovative learning environment with peers and faculty from all parts of the world. Acquire the knowledge, skills, and practical experiences that will help prepare you to be a changemaker for the public good.

Connect with us to learn more.

Twitter | Facebook | Linkedin | Google+ | http://spp.ceu.hu

Now Accepting MPA Applications for Academic Year 2014-2015

The School of Public Policy is seeking to recruit exceptional students from all parts of the globe to enroll in its two-year Master of Public Administration (MPA) program to begin in September 2014.

Areas of concentration include Regional and Global Governance, Human Security and Sustainable Development, and Global Media and Communication. The program entails a Passion Project, a student-designed, policy-oriented practice component; the Skills For Impact program, an integrated series of skill development modules; and an internship.

Read the MPA brochure to learn more.

Download MPA Brochure: CEU SPP

Download MPA Brochure: CEU SPP

Successful applicants will have a strong academic background, high aptitude and passion for learning both in and out of the classroom, high leadership potential, strong interest in global policy, and a commitment to the public good. Ideally, applicants will possess one year or more of professional or volunteer experience. The application deadline is January 23, 2014. Financial aid is available.

Apply here

About the School of Public Policy and Central European University

The School of Public Policy at Central European University is an English-language, graduate university located in Budapest, Hungary, which is accredited in the United States. SPP aspires to become, in the words of its founder George Soros, a “new kind of global institution dealing with global problems.” It is committed to the values of public service and the promotion of open societies through interdisciplinary research, innovative teaching, and engagement with policy practice.

Central European University is a research-intensive university specializing in graduate education in the social sciences, humanities, public policy, law, and business. Its mission is to promote academic excellence, state-of-the-art research, and civic engagement in order to contribute to the development of open societies around the world. CEU offers both master and doctoral programs and enrolls more than 1,500 students from over 100 nations. There are more than 180 resident faculty members from over 40 countries. For more information about SPP and CEU, please visit http://spp.ceu.hu andhttp://www.ceu.hu or contact sppadmissions@ceu.hu

Asia Youth Forum 2013: Extend registration deadline to 18 Feb. @17:00 GMT & Individual Coach & Judge Registration Form

Extend Deadline for application: 

…18 February 2013…@17:00 GMT

What? a 2-week long intercultural event with 2 debate tournaments and debate trainings: theme ‘Digital Freedom’

When? April 8-21, 2013

Where? Kyrgyzstan, the Caprise Rest Center in Cholpon-Ata City on the Issyk-Kul Coast

IDEA-AYF Standard

Registration will take two forms, team and individual.

♦ Individual Coaches & Judges Track Registration : NEW!!!

http://idebate.org/ayf-2013/register-coach-judge

This track helps experienced debaters transition into being coaches, judges, trainers or debate program developers. It will also help the current coaches become even better in their teaching, coaching, judging and leadership skills.

♦ Team Registration : http://idebate.org/ayf-2013/register-team

Organisations or institutions who will be sending whole teams are asked to fill out the team registration form. With this form, only one supporting statement has to be uploaded, which will cover all participants. If the identity of the team members, or the coach, is not yet known, please fill ‘to be confirmed’ into the box in question.

 ♦ Individual Debater Registration : http://idebate.org/ayf-2013/register-individual

If you are not part of a team, but still wish to attend the Asia Youth Forum, please fill in the individual registration form. We will endeavour to form teams, and will let you know if you have been placed with two others, and can attend the forum. Please note, individual participants in a pre-registered team do not need to fill in the individual registration form.

Registration Requirement:

A. Registration Fee  ($3,000 per team of three with a Coach; $750 for individual participant)

Payment of fee will be by bank transfer, with details available. No registration is complete until the fee has been collected, or fee waiver has been granted.

B. Support Statement

Teams should reference their debate experience, how attendance will help to develop their debating and debating in their region, and why they should be chosen.

*Note: Participants must be at least 14 years old on or before the first day of the forum, Coaches or persons who will be accompanying the team to the Youth Forum must be at least 21 years old on or before the first day of the forum

Check out the idebate website for more information on registration and finance.

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Scholarship:

IDEA will have a bursary available which participants are invited to apply for if necessary. Simply checking the ‘Are you applying for financial support?’ box will bring you to a series of questions which we will use in determining the financial support applications.

We will provide A. partial registration fee waivers, or B. full registration fee waivers… For the 2013 Asia Youth Forum, we will have a small amount of money available for travel subsidy. We will prioritise applications which do not seek travel subsidy. We also reserve the right to seek additional information from applicants for financial support.

Visa:

The Kyrgyz Republic has up to 60-days visa-free regime for citizens of 44 countries listed here: http://ayf.idebate.org/content/visa-information

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Caprise Rest Centre, Cholpon-Ata
 

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Introducing educational debate in Thai language @Democracy School, Chiang Mai

in Dec 2012, Democracy School program @Book Re:Public & IDEA introduced a new concept of ‘debate in Thai language’ to students and lecturers from institutions throughout Chiang Mai

Aim to promote debate in local language: Thai debate in the 21st century

Thai debate isn’t just about entertainment or political tool like in the 1980s-90s… It’s a thinking & learning tool accessible for everyone. Today, debate in Thailand should exist across disciplines and curriculum. It’s time to develop & strengthen thinking skill among Thai people through a more deliberative education.

Debate isn’t just about practicing English. Learning debate in local language makes less barrier to use a western concept of ‘educational debate’ to develop critical thinking & communication skills.

Workshop Agenda on Dec 15, 2012

1) ‘Debate’ in Thai society as we know it

2) Debate as a learning tool

3) Argumentation and techniques, Issues & Claims, Motions, Debate Formats

4) Debate in Thai on current social/public policy issues

Participants selected motions…

- Same sex marriage should be legalized.
– It’s women’s right to have an abortion.

Resources @the workshop

Presentation file: Handout_Debate@Democracy School_15Dec.Fina

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Article:
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Coming soon: 

Remember the book “Discovering the World through Debate”?IMG_0729….. This book will be localized & translated into Thai language. Ready to distribute next summer. For those who’re interested, please contact IDEA SEA coordinating office.

More Information or Want to get involved? 

Contact us@

Democracy School
Aj.Pinkaew Laungaramsri: pinkaewl@yahoo.com

IDEA-SEA coordinating office
Chirada Na Suwan (Fang) 

IDEA-SEA Coordinator: cnasuwan@idebate.org

Atcharee Alongkornpradap (Meen): juzt.meen@gmail.com

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เมื่อวันเสาร์ที่ 15 ที่ผ่านมา IDEA และโครงการโรงเรียนประชาธิปไตยได้จัดการสัมมนาเชิงปฏิบัติการขึ้น ที่ี the Book Re:public จังหวัดเชียงใหม่

ซึ่งในงานสัมมนาครั้งนี้ ประกอบไปด้วย

1) การแนะนำให้รู้จักกับการโต้สาระวาที เป็นภาษาไทย
2) กิจกรรมการโต้สาระวาทีในหัวเรื่องที่เป็นที่น่าสนใจ ซึ่งน้องๆที่เข้าร่วมโครงการโรงเรียนประชาธิปไตยได้ร่วมกันคิดขึ้น คือ 
– การอนุญาตให้มีการแต่งงานและจดทะเบียนสมรสได้ในคู่รักที่เป็นเพศเดียวกัน และ
– การทำแท้งเป็นสิทธิของผู้หญิง

การสัมมนานี้มุ่งไปที่การสนับสนุนการโต้สาระวาทีเป็นภาษาท้องถิ่น; ซึ่งในที่นี้คือภาษาไทย

… การที่มีการโต้สาระวาทีเป็นภาษาท้องถิ่นนั้น ทำให้ผู้โต้วาที และผู้ที่มีส่วนร่วม ไม่จำเป็นต้องกังวลในเรื่องแปลเนื้อหามาเป็นภาษาอังกฤษ ซึ่งเป็นภาษาที่แต่ละคนมีความถนัดไม่เท่ากัน

ผลลัพธ์ที่ได้จากการสัมมนาในครั้งนี้คือ การที่ผู้เข้าร่วมสัมมนาทุกคนมีส่วนร่วมในกิจกรรมการโต้สาระวาทีอย่างกระตือรือร้นและสนุกสนาน :)

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กิจกรรมต่อไป คือการแปลหนังสือ “Discovering the World Through Debate” เป็นภาษาไทย เพื่อให้ผู้อ่านในทุกระดับเข้าใจถึงเนื้อหาของการโต้สาระวาทีได้มากขึ้น สนใจรับเล่มได้ฟรีตั้งแต่เมษายนนี้เป็นต้นไป ติดต่อเราที่ IDEA-SEA

หากมีคำถามหรือ ต้องการข้อมูลเพิ่มเติม เกี่ยวกับการโต้สาระวาที หรือกิจกรรมที่เกี่ยวข้องกับการโต้สาระวาที และ debate รูปแบบต่างๆ ได้ โดยส่งอีเมลล์หาเราที่…
- จิรดา ณ สุวรรณ (ฟาง) cnasuwan@idebate.org
- อัจฉรี อลงกรณ์ประดับ (มีน) juzt.meen@gmail.com

Check out entertaining and interesting video on Thai debate!

โต้คารมมัธยมศึกษา year1989 ตอน “คนฉลาดมีโอกาสมากกว่าคนรวย”<<<<   debate

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>>> ประเพณีโต้วาทีของไทย ตอน “วัยรุ่นไทยปัจจุบันสร้างสรรค์มากกว่าเสื่อมเสีย”

Registration Open for Asia Youth Forum 2013!

What? a 2-week long intercultural event with 2 debate tournaments and debate trainings: theme ‘Digital Freedom’

When? April 8-21, 2013

Where? Kyrgyzstan, the Caprise Rest Center in Cholpon-Ata City on the Issyk-Kul Coast

How? The Registration is now open!

IDEA-AYF Standard

Registration will take two forms, team and individual.

♦ Team Registration : http://idebate.org/ayf-2013/register-team

Organisations or institutions who will be sending whole teams are asked to fill out the team registration form. With this form, only one supporting statement has to be uploaded, which will cover all participants. If the identity of the team members, or the coach, is not yet known, please fill ‘to be confirmed’ into the box in question.

 ♦ Individual Registration : http://idebate.org/ayf-2013/register-individual

If you are not part of a team, but still wish to attend the Asia Youth Forum, please fill in the individual registration form. We will endeavour to form teams, and will let you know if you have been placed with two others, and can attend the forum. Please note, individual participants in a pre-registered team do not need to fill in the individual registration form.

Registration Requirement:

A. Registration Fee  ($3,000 per team of three with a Coach; $750 for individual participant)

Payment of fee will be by bank transfer, with details available. No registration is complete until the fee has been collected, or fee waiver has been granted.

B. Support Statement

Teams should reference their debate experience, how attendance will help to develop their debating and debating in their region, and why they should be chosen.

*NoteParticipants must be 14 years old on or before the first day of the forum, Coaches or persons who will be accompanying the team to the Youth Forum must be 21 years old on or before the first day of the forum

Check out the idebate website for more information on registration and finance.

Issikul_Kyrgyzstan

Scholarship:

IDEA will have a bursary available which participants are invited to apply for if necessary. Simply checking the ‘Are you applying for financial support?’ box will bring you to a series of questions which we will use in determining the financial support applications.

We will provide A. partial registration fee waivers, or B. full registration fee waivers… For the 2013 Asia Youth Forum, we will have a small amount of money available for travel subsidy. We will prioritise applications which do not seek travel subsidy. We also reserve the right to seek additional information from applicants for financial support.

Visa:

The Kyrgyz Republic has up to 60-days visa-free regime for citizens of 44 countries listed here: http://ayf.idebate.org/content/visa-information

KyrgyzstanMap

 
Caprise Rest Centre, Cholpon-Ata
 

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STAY TUNED! 

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