14 rectors oppose Amnesty Bill
- Published: 4 Nov 2013 at 10.55
- Online news:
Rectors of 14 universities on Monday issued a statement opposing the Amnesty Bill which has been passed by the House of Representatives and tentatively scheduled to be deliberated by the Senate on Nov 11.
The statement issued by the Council of University Presidents of Thailand said the bill, if passed into law, would set an incorrect standard in Thai society.
It would cause the people to believe that corruption is not a serious matter because those who commit it would eventually be absolved of wrongdoing by an amnesty.
The Amnesty Bill, as approved by the House of Representatives on Oct 31, offers a blanket amnesty for all people involved in political rallies, political expressions, and political conflicts that took place from 2004 to Aug 8, 2013 no matter what their roles might be, as well as for those found guilty of offences by independent organisations set up after the Sept 19, 2006 military coup.
The amnesty would not only waive punishment for political offenders but also those who committed corruption.
Since corruption could be easily exonerated, the fight against corruption in Thai society would not be successful, thus setting a bad precedent for others in the future, the statement said.
The statement, issued today, was signed by the rectors of Thammsat University, Srinakarinwirot University, Walailak University, Suranaree University of Technology, National Institute of Development Administration (Nida), Sukhothaithammathirat Open University, Khon Kaen University, Chiang Mai University, King Mongkut University of Technology Thonburi, Nakhon Phanom University, Maha Sarakham University, Mae Jo University, Silpakorn University and Prince of Songkla University.