23 Jan 2024
How should the Thai government protect civilians in the country's Deep South? Hara Shintaro writes that dissemination of information about humanitarian principles and International Humanitarian Law could be an effective way to ensure better security for civilians and the Thai authorities should allow activities related to the dissemination of humanitarian principles so that respect for these principles becomes the norm in the conflict area.
21 Dec 2023
On Sunday (17 December), Just Home, a network of activists and citizens in Pattani, marched from the Pattani City Hall to the Pattani Central Mosque to call for a ceasefire in Palestine.
20 Dec 2023
When Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin met his Malaysian counterpart Anwar Ibrahim in November, they did not discuss the conflict in Thailand's Deep South. As the Thai government prepares for a new round of peace talks, Hara Shintaro writes that there is a need for more public participation in the peace process.
29 Oct 2023
Since the latest crisis between Palestine and Israel started on 7 October 2023, questions have been raised about what impact the situation in the Middle East might have on Thailand's Deep South. Hara Shintaro writes about the reaction of the insurgent group BRN and other locals to the crisis, noting that it is unlikely the crisis in Palestine will affect the situation in Thailand's Deep South.
2 Oct 2023
In May 2023, a man arrested for alleged involvement in the October 2013 ATM bombings in Yala and Pattani was released After serving nine years and six months in prison. However, two days before his release, the Songkhla prosecutor filed for a court order to place him under special preventive measures based on a law designed to control the behaviours of ex-criminal who commit sexual or violent offences. Ahead of the court ruling on 4 October, Hara Shintaro asks whether it is appropriate for such a law to be applied to suspects in security cases in an area where several special security laws are already being enforced.
18 Sep 2023
The Constitutional Court has dismissed a complaint filed against the Move Forward party, the Fair Party, and the Prachachat Party over a mock referendum on the right to self-determination held by a student group at the Prince of Songkla University.
1 Sep 2023
With the breaking of the 8-party coalition under the Move Forward Party and the formation of a new government headed by Pheu Thai, questions have been raised about how the peace process will progress in Thailand's Deep South. Hara Shintaro writes about the prospects of peace in the Deep South under the new government.
13 May 2022
An inquest by the Songkhla Provincial Court found that Abdullah Isomuso, who was found unconscious in his cell while in military custody and died after a month in intensive care, found that his cause of death was oxygen deprivation but ruled that it was inconclusive whether he was assaulted.
30 May 2018
Media coverage on the conflict region in southern Thailand, historically referred to as Patani1, reports on acts of violence such as bombings and shootings which are assumed to be carried out by separatist groups from the Patani Malay population despite no one ever officially taking responsibility for the violence.
24 Apr 2018
Photo from Deep South Watch “Don’t you know, we are here under Martial Law” said the officer to Faisal when he refused to delete the photos he took of the officers while they were escorting home a man they had a
2 Sep 2016
Buku FC, a football club in the Deep South with the slogan “football for peace and equality,” has created a space for women and girls to exercise and express themselves. The team is made up of Muslim women, men, and LGBT individuals.
19 Jul 2016
The Patani conflict in southern Thailand has been seen as an internal issue for both sides of the conflict. The Thai authorities have always insisted that it is a domestic matter and even still refuses to recognize it as a conflict but rather criminal activity or banditry. On the separatist side, the militant organizations' leadership and fighters have always come from inside Patani despite the fact that in the past, some financial support and military training came from outside such as from the Libyan and Syrian governments.