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<div>150 scholars, scientists, writers, and activists from 60 institutions in 19 countries around the world have denounced the punishment against members of Chulalongkorn University’s Student Council who were removed for challenging the university’s tradition.</div> <h2><strong>Statement for supporting Chula students</strong></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We, activists, academics and human rights defenders have been following&nbsp; the case of eight Chulalongkorn University students walking out to praise respect in alternative form to the royal statues of King Rama V and </div>
<div> <div>Facing criticism over the dismissal of a leading student activist, Chulalongkorn University (CU) has published a statement arguing that the university “has the right to reserve a certain space or activity as an exception from the free speech rule.”</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 6 September 2017, CU <a href="">published a statement</a> in response to the criticism it has faced since the <a href="">dismissal of its Student Council</a> President Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal. </div></div>
<div> <div>World scholars including Noam Chomsky have expressed support for Netiwit after Chulalongkorn University initiated disciplinary action against the progressive student activist.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 14 August 2017, Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal, President of Chulalongkorn University’s student council, posted on his Facebook account an email from Noam Chomsky. </div></div>
<div> <div>University orientations in Thailand are notorious for human rights violations. But a top Thai university has announced a halt to cruel and dangerous activities.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 12 June 2017, the Student Council of Chulalongkorn University (SCCU) posted on its <a href="">Facebook page</a> a “declaration of rights during orientation activities”. The declaration states that students cannot be forced, either physically or psychologically, to join orientation. </div></div>
By Kornkritch Somjittranukit |
<div>A young academic explains what Chulalongkorn University (CU) means to Thai society and why conservatives were so furious when a progressive activist was voted to be president of the university’s student council. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div> </div>
By Harrison George |
<p>As if our non-elected Prime Minister didn’t already have little enough faith in democracy, Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal has gone and got himself elected as president of Chulalongkorn University Student Council.</p> <p>Chula, that bastion of elitism, conformity and 100-year-old privilege in pink; the university where students wear uniforms to sign petitions against uniforms, and where new graduates give Nazi salutes in front of murals of Hitler (just for the laugh, of course); Chula, of all places, has elected a free-thinking anti-authoritarian, anti-militarist iconoclast.</p>