Thai military questions human rights lecturers about 14 anti-junta activists

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.

The discussion lasted about an hour. Six other lecturers, including Pratubjit Neelapaijit and Gothom Arya also participated in the talk at the officers’ request.

Besides asking about their political stance and whether the lecturers support the 14 anti-junta activists, the officers requested the lecturers to soften critical contents of the seminars and discussions that the institute usually organises.

The lecturers said the public discussions and seminars at IHRP are open for everyone and that they could send invitations to the military if they want to attend.

The IHRP academics also told the military officers that they disagreed with the coup-makers and that they will continue to support the 14 anti-junta activists.    

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