Friday, January 23, 2009

Giles Ungpakorn protest

Giles Ungpakorn is a Professor at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, who has written a book about the military coup in Thailand, which has come to the attention of the authorities. Giles, who has joint UK and Thai nationality has been charged with lese majeste, and his family are fearful that he may be prosecuted and imprisoned for his critical comments about the political situation in Thailand.

You can help to draw attention to his case by writing a letter as quickly as possible to:
The Ambassador
Royal Thai Embassy
29-30 Queen’s Gate
London SW7 5JB

(letter to start Dear Ambassador,)

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva,
Government House,
Thanon Nakornpratom Dusit,
Bangkok 10300 ,

(Letter to start Dear Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva,)


Dear ,
I am writing to express my dismay at the news that Ajarn Giles Ji Ungpakorn has been summonsed by the Thai Police Special Branch to answer a charge of Lèse Majesté.

I understand that Giles's work includes analysis of the political process and recently history of Thailand, and that it may be this which has brought him to the attention of the authorities.

It seems to me that all countries need to look critically at their history in order to learn from it and to move forward towards a future in which the best of the past and the best of the future can be joined together. I hope that in these fast-moving times, when things are rapidly changing, Thailand can allow academics to participate in this process without fear of prosecution.

Being free to look at the important events in a country is obviously an important part of the job of a lecturer in political science. I would ask you to please drop the charges against the Professor.

Yours faithfully

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