In the #NotATarget campaign on social media, Buddhist monks, imams, places of religion, markets, schools, and hospitals should not be made a target of violence. People are invited to share pictures of soft targets, locations that should not be venues for violence, with the hashtag #NotATarget , calling on all sides to respect international humanitarian law.
Poonsuk Poonsukchareon, a human rights lawyer, made 5 observations on the authority of the agency which made the announcement, the inconsistency in the enforcement of laws in the locality and the principle of proportionality in ISOC Region 4’s declaration of Bang Khao and Tha Kamcham Subdistricts, Nong Chik District, Pattani Province as a temporary special control zone.
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.
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
At the end of February 2018 there were reports from the mainstream media in Thailand about the detailed plan for the safety zone and the safe house which would be located in the vast precinct of the Pattani Provincial Islamic Council . These reports were based on sources from the Thai negotiation team, such as Gen Aksara Kerdphol, the head of the Thai delegation, and Maj Gen Sitthi Trakulwong, the secretary of the dialogue team.
Eight years ago, Anticha Saengchai came out as lesbian to her husband, family, and society. She then moved with her girlfriend to Pattani and opened a bookstore and learning space called Buku Books & More. This is the story of Anticha’s of coming out, and of gender rights in the three provinces of the Deep South.
Arbitrary Detention Without Lawyer, Review by Judge, Raises Abuse Concerns Aiman Hadeng, chair of the Justice for Peace Network, has been detained in a military camp in T
A Deep South civil society group has called for the immediate release of its Muslim Malay chairperson after the authorities detained him for three days. He is suspected of being involved in a bombing at a Yala market. On 24 February 2018, the Deep South civil society organisation Justice for Peace (JOP) issued a statement calling for the immediate release of its chairperson Aiman Hadeng. The military arrested him on 23 February at his shop in Yala.
The Thai government and a Muslim Malay liberation organization have reached an agreement to make one district of the Deep South safe for civilians.
“The absence of a united women’s coalition hinder[s] a collective and strategic effort to call for inclusive and gender-sensitive peacebuilding”, argues Firdaus Abdulsomad in her Master’s thesis entitled ‘Women’s participation in the Patani Peace Process : a case study of the barriers to women’s participation in building peace in Patani’ which can be read here. Firdaus Abdulsomad who identifies herself as “a second generation Patani Malay who grew up in Sweden” undertook her fieldwork r