Thai Academic Network for Civil Rights
Thai Academic Network for Civil Rights (TANC) is an assembly of academics from universities across Thailand who are concerned about the violation of people’s rights and freedom escalating after the 22 May 2014 Coup. It has made comments, given suggestions, and made demands on the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and relevant institutions such as the Supreme Court and the United Nations via press briefings, communiqués, and seminars for stopping the violation of and instead respecting Thai people’s rights and freedom. It has particularly made demands on the NCPO for a swift return of democracy to the country.
The TANC was originally founded as the Network of Thai Scholars Concerned about Detained Disciples, following the arrest and detention of fourteen students at the Bangkok Remand Prison for holding the first anniversary of the Coup in front of the Bangkok Art and Culture Center on 22 May 2015. It issued the first communiqué demanding the immediate and unconditional release of the students. The communiqué also demanded that no charges and prosecutions are made against the students because the students have the rights and freedom of expression and they have not done any wrongdoing. The communiqué has the list of 298 academics attached and was read by Associate Professor Dr. Anusorn Unno, Dean of the Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology, Thammasat University, in front of the Bangkok Remand Prison on 1 July 2015.
The TANC, in collaboration with other sectors of society, has carried out a wide range of activities including issuing communiqués, holding seminars, launching campaigns, and submitting letters to relevant institutions in response to problems and crises facing Thai society at given moments.