Academic freedom

  • Vietnam: Academic arbitrarily detentained
    May 13, 2019

    Professor Pham Minh Hoang is a lecturer at the Ho Chi Minh City Polytechnic Institute, and, according to a statement released by his wife following his arrest, he is concerned with social justice and corruption.
    On 13 August 2010 Professor Pham Minh Hoang was arbitrarily detained under Article 79 of the Vietnamese Penal Code (VPC) on charges of belonging to a banned political group. Prior to his arrest the authorities had reportedly told the human rights defender that he would be arrested if he did not confess to belonging to the democracy group Viet Tan. Article 79 of the VPC bans any “activities aimed at overthrowing the Government”. Professor Pham Minh Hoang’s current detention location is unknown.
    Professor Pham Minh Hoang actively supported protests against bauxite mining in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. He had also attended a conference that was held in Saigon which looked at the issue of Vietnamese sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly Islands. The Professor’s wife has reported that the police are investigating leadership training courses that Professor Pham Minh Hoang had offered to some of his students.
    On 29 November 2011, the Court of Appeals of the Supreme People’s Court reduced the sentence of human rights defender Professor Pham Minh Hoang from three years to 17 months.
    On 17 January 2012, Professor Pham Minh Hoang was released from prison.

  • India: Academician and activist Ram Puniyani harassed
    April 1, 2019

    On 12 March 2019, Ram Puniyani three policemen, academician and activist has said that people claiming to be from the Maharashtra Crime Investigation Department (CID), visited his Mumbai home under the pretext of passport verification and tried to obtain information about him and his family.

  • India: Activist Accused In Koregaon Bhima Case Arrested At Mumbai Airport
    February 2, 2019

    On 2 Febuary 2019, Anand Teltumbde, Dalit scholar, was arrested at Mumbai airport, a day after his request for protection from arrest was rejected by a court.

  • Thailand: Police press royal defamation charge for comment on ancient King
    October 31, 2017

    On 9 October 2017, The police charged Sulak Sivaraksa for royal defamation for making a critique on King Naresuan, who ruled the Ayutthaya Kingdom 400 years ago.

  • Thailand: Academics, students accused of violating junta’s ban on gatherings
    August 17, 2017

    On 15 August 2017, the police have summoned academics and students accused of breaching the junta’s ban on political gatherings for participating in an academic forum.

  • Vietnam: Pham Minh Hoang deprived of Vietnamese citizenship, faces deportation
    June 13, 2017

    On 10 June 2017, the HRD, Pham Minh Hoang, was notified through an order that his citizenship had been revoked.

  • Pakistan: Dr. Riaz Ahmed arrested on fabricated charges
    April 5, 2017

    On 2 April 2017, the Karachi City Courts sent Karachi University professor and human rights defender, Dr. Riaz Ahmed, to the Karachi Central Prison on judicial remand for 14 days. The human rights defender was arrested on 1 April 2017 for the alleged possession of an unlicensed weapon. The incident occurred while he was on his way to a press conference to call for the release of an ailing colleague in police custody.

  • Vietnam: Lawyer and activists beaten by masked men after a human rights class
    December 14, 2015

    On 7 December 2015, masked assailants detained and beat a dissident lawyer and his fellow activists after they led a class to educate residents of Nghe An province about their human rights.

  • Thailand: Anti-Junta Figure’s Lecture was Disturbed by Thai Authorities
    November 27, 2015

    The Thai Consulate in Chicago, US, reportedly attempted to prevent overseas Thai students to attend a lecture of Mr. Pavin Chachavalpongpun, a fierce critic of the Thai junta who is a Thai Associate Professor at the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Japan

  • Thailand: Defiant Academic Summoned after Calling for Academic Freedom
    November 23, 2015

    On 11 November 2015, Mr. Attachak Sattayanurak, an academic who urged the junta not to intervene in academic freedom was summoned by Thai authorities for participating in a political gathering which violated the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order No. 7/2014, which bans any political gathering of five or more persons.