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<div>With only three days before the historic August referendum, many voters in the south of Thailand have yet to receive a full copy of the draft charter. A southern referendum watchdog said the booklets from the junta-appointed charter drafters distort the actual content of the draft.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On Thursday, 4 August 2016, Mangsot Mate, President of Referendum Monitoring Groups in the Southern Border Provinces, told the media that most people in southern Thailand have not received the full version of the draft charter, which will be voted on in the 7 August referendum. </div>
<p>The UN rights agency and the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRC) have pointed out that an increasing use of DNA tests to combat the Deep South insurgency may constitute racial discrimination against Muslims.</p>
<p>Activists from Thailand’s restive Deep South voiced concerns that the security measures in which a whole village was surrounded and villagers detained could lead to further violence after reported confrontations between security officers and alleged southern insurgents.</p> <p>A confrontation between the security forces and about eight members of an alleged insurgent group reportedly started around Thursday noon in Saba Yoi District of Songkhla. The 20-minute skirmish left two police officers injured.</p>
By Cross-Cultural Foundation |
<p>Around 20.05, on Wednesday, 1 May 20130, at least four perpetrators with two motorcycles used war weapons and fired into the crowd in front of a grocery shop located at 17/12, Poon Sawat Road, Moo 5, Ban Kok Muang, Rusamilae sub-district, Muang District, Pattani. Six deaths included one two years old child and a severely injured. The killing of innocent people is gross human rights abuse and unlawful. It simply incurs an atmosphere of fear among local people.</p> <p></p>
<p>A resident in Pattani has been prosecuted for hanging banners with the picture of HM the Queen on a pedestrian bridge in the town.</p>
<p>A local civic group dubbed “Patani Forum” has proposed that the Thai Buddhist state seriously consider accommodating greater Malayu Muslim narratives about “self-determination” since this quest will not go away and neither will the violence in the Deep South.</p>
By The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders |
<p>The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Thailand.</p>
By Deep South Journalism School |
<p>Prof. Chaiwat Satha-Anand, a political scientist at Thammasat University and a prominent peace scholar, spoke at a seminar on &ldquo;Peace Dialogue Seminar in ASEAN Context&rdquo; on 7 September 2012. He delivered a peace massage to southern insurgents. Here is his full speech:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p>
By Cross Culture Foundation |
<p>On Wednesday 25 July 2012 at 15.00, a bomb exploded on the road between Ban Upao and Ban Pakasamae, Moo 7, Tambon Wangphya, Raman District, Yala. The bloody trap was installed in a car parked by the road, and it was triggered when a blue-grey Mazda pickup truck with license plate no. BJ3454 Yala carrying police officers drove by. As a result, the vehicle was blasted and shoved to the roadside waterway causing five deaths among the police officers including (1) First Lt. Sutham Onthong, (2) Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Wae U Seng Waedeng, (3) Sgt. Nutthapong Boonkomol, (4) Sgt.</p>
By Gerard McDermott, |
<p class="rteleft"><em>Originally published by </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em> on 13/7/2012. (Download PDF version below)</em></p> <p>Driving to Pattani from Hat Yai is much like any other journey in the south of Thailand; an ocean view lined with palm trees, rubber plantations, small towns lined with yellow flags, and large portraits of the King placed outside of municipal buildings. Yet what makes the districts of Thepha and Nong Chik different from other coastal districts in Thailand are the military roadblocks that are encountered along the route and the large numbers of military and paramilitary personnel that can be seen along the roadside as one approaches Pattani town. The idyllic coastal landscape, the small crowds gathered outside of tea-shops in the early mornings, the chaotic driving of local motorcyclists and the wandering goats are a temporary distraction from the fact that this peripheral region has been the stage for a brutal cycle of violence between state (and state-sponsored) forces and a mysterious insurgent movement since 2004. The movement’s aims, structure and membership are cloaked in secrecy. Barely any statements have been made to the press and any such statements by supposed representatives of the movement are treated as dubious by both authorities and analysts alike.</p> <p></p>
By Cross Cultural Foundation and Muslim Attorney Centre Foundation |
<p>An open Letter, dated 15 June 2012, by the Cross Cultural Foundation and Muslim Attorney Centre Foundation to the Prime Minister, Secretary General of National Security Council (NSC), House Speaker, and President of the Senate.</p>