academic freedom

25 Nov 2015
Embattled lecturers accused by the military of violating the junta’s ban on political gatherings have denied the charges, saying different ideas are crucial for Thai society. At about 2:30 pm on Tuesday, 24 November 2015, six lecturers charged under the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order No. 3/2015, banning political gatherings of five or more persons, reported to Chang Puak Police Station in the northern province of Chiang Mai after summons were issued against them last week.
24 Nov 2015
On 11 November 2015, Changpuak police station, Chiang Mai, issued summons for a group of six academics from various universities.
24 Nov 2015
Note: The below statement was originally released in Thai on 31 October in Chiang Mai by a group of university lecturers. On the basis of this statement, they have been accused of violating the NCPO's prohibition on political gatherings of five or more persons and summoned to report to the police on 24 November.   A criticism has been made that instruction in educational institutions has created opposition to the government and this is detrimental to Thai society as a whole.
24 Nov 2015
The Thai Consulate in Chicago, US, reportedly attempted to prevent overseas Thai students to attend a lecture of a well known anti-junta figure. According to Pavin Chachavalpongpun, a fierce critic of the Thai junta who is a Thai Associate Professor at the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Japan, the Thai Consulate in Chicago, US, last week attempted to prevent Thai students from attending his lecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
23 Nov 2015
A group of academics at around 10:30 am on Monday, 23 November 2015, submitted a letter to Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta leader and Prime Minister, demanding the junta stop harassing and intimidating academics. The letter was signed by about 300 leading academics, such as Anusorn Unno, a lecturer from the Humanities Faculty of Thammasat University, Kasian Tejapira and Prajak Kongkirati, renowned political science lecturers from Thammasat, and Pitch Pongsawat, a political scientist from Chulalongkorn University.       
23 Nov 2015
A citizen network in southern Thailand has demanded that the Thai junta withdraw charges against embattled academics and stop intervening in academic freedom. A network of 50 academics, physicians, and others from the southern province of Songkhla on Sunday, 22 November 2015, issued a joint statement addressed to the Thai military government after several academics last week were accused of violating the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) ban on political gatherings.
19 Nov 2015
The Thai authorities have summoned to a police station an academic who urged the junta not to intervene in academic freedom. According to Midnight University, a virtual university for free public education, police from Chang Puak Police Station in northern Chiang Mai Province issued a summons for Attachak Sattayanurak, a history lecturer from Chiang Mai University.
17 Sep 2015
Military officers in Isan, Thailand’s Northeast, intimidated academics and students on environmental research in areas with potash mining planned.    Three military officers from 24th Army Region base in Udon Thani Province on Wednesday morning, 16 September 2015, came to Huai Sampad Sub-district, Prajaksilapakom District, of the province to monitor activities of academics and students while they were in the field research on local environment and public health.
22 Aug 2015
A Thai military officer has filed a lèse majesté complaint against Sulak Sivaraksa, a renowned royalist and political science scholar known for his firm stand against the lèse majesté law, for allegedly criticising Thai monarchs of the early 20th century, King Rama V and Rama VII.  
10 Jul 2015
Thai military officers have visited academics the 14 embattled anti-junta activists to ask about their political stance.   Bencharat Sae Chua, a lecturer of the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies of Mahidol University (IHRP), told Prachatai Thai that on Wednesday, 8 July 2015, five military officers came to the university to ask her and other lecturers about their political stance and whether they support the 14 anti-junta activists, who have been temporarily released.
17 Mar 2015
Somsak Jeamteerasakul, an embattled lèse majesté critic and ex-Thammasat history lecturer in self-imposed exile has submitted an appeal to the Thai authorities regarding the decision by Thammasat University to sack him. 
5 Mar 2015
As concerned international observers of Thailand, we stand in solidarity with our colleagues who have condemned the summary dismissal of Dr. Somsak Jeamteerasakul by Thammasat University on 23 February 2015. We have watched with growing concern as the space for freedom of expression has shrunk precipitously in Thailand since the 22 May 2014 coup by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). By choosing to join with the NCPO to attack Dr.


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