More on Ji Ungpakorn; the NHRC and AI; Index on Censorship; New Actions; Historical Dissent

27 01 2009

At PPT we continue to build a collection of information on lèse majesté and other issues of political repression in Thailand, past and present. Thank you for your suggestions and submissions. Please continue to send them to

Recent additions include:

Giles Ji Ungpakorn on Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission, 27 January 2009: “Does Thailand have a Human Rights Commision?” In his last paragraph he has a note regarding Amnesty International’s inaction that is cause for concern. Well-known journalist Marwaan Macan-Markar at IPS News comments on this case, 27 January 2009: “Thailand: Don challenges lese majeste law – risks jail term”.

Index on Censorship has posted an insightful commentary on the current crisis of censorship and legitimacy. See Sinfah Tunsarawuth, 26 January 2009, “Thailand: Criminalising Dissent”

Over thirty years ago, a group of academics outside Thailand wrote a letter to then-PM Thanin Kraivichien and printed it in the New York Review of Books. Read it here. Is the time right for another letter?

Our Action page has been augmented. Take new action here.