Alerts in Thailand
Date: 10 February 2009
Giles Ji Ungpakorn, a professor of political science at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, arrived in the UK this weekend after being charged under Thailand’s draconian 'lese majeste' laws. On the 20th January Professor Ungpakorn was accused of insulting the king in paragraphs in his book, A Coup for the Rich.
Date: 20 January 2009
Giles Ji Ungpakorn, a professor of political science at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, was charged on Tuesday under the kingdom’s harsh ‘lese majeste’ laws, for comments made in numerous paragraphs of his book, A Coup for the Rich. ‘Lese majeste’ laws are intended to protect the monarchy from defamation. Those found guilty can face a heavy prison sentence.
Date: 18 May 2004
Amnesty International is concerned by anonymous death threats received by several academics and human rights defenders, and two National Human Rights Commissioners, in the wake of ongoing violence in Thailand's far south. The organization is also calling on the Thai Government to initiate independent investigations into recent serious human rights violations, including "disappearances", possible extrajudicial killings and torture, allegedly committed by the security forces in the context of the violence.