On the 110th anniversary of the Anglo-Siamese Treaty of 1909, let’s talk with the author of ‘Malayan Land Lost: National History, Plot Twist Version’ (Lit: Sia dindaen malayu prawattisat chat chabap Plot Twist; Thai: เสียดินแดนมลายู ประวัติศาสตร์ชาติ ฉบับ Plot Twist) to understand the factors that lead to the agreement. Did Thailand really lose land? What is the wound on the land of Pattani? And how do borders on the map frame our mind and thoughts?
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.
Pattani authorities have raided a classroom to arrest two Myanmar volunteer teachers and one tourist who was merely observing the class. Authorities said teaching as a volunteer without a work permit constitutes an offence, since receiving a meal is a form of reward.
Update: At least 60 people have been injured from the explosions at Big C department store and about 100 vehicles have been damaged. The first bomb exploded inside the department store while the second followed about 20 minutes later. According to the Bangkok Post, another suspicious object was found at the Diana department store in Muang district, though nothing dangerous was detected Twin bombs have exploded at the Big C department store in Pattani town, injuring about 40 people.
Romadon Panjor, editor of the Deep South Watch website, presented his Master’s Degree thesis at the Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University, on how the Thai state has created a large number of terms over the past 12 years’ of violence in the Deep South that obfuscate the political intentions of the Patani liberation movement and deters international intervention. On the other hand, the insurgency has also created terms that Thais have never heard before and that challenge the mainstream Thai discourse.
Unlike Thailand, Sweden was successfully elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations (UN) Security Council recently. Sweden was by far the favourite amongst the European candidates. It had already received enough votes to secure its position on the Security Council in the first round.
After a series of arrests and the detention of junta opponents, activists across the country have come up with new tactics to campaign for fair play in the August referendum. Instead of hosting seminars, handing out flyers, and marching, they are using more creative non-violent protest methods like balloons, dolls, and cartoon figures.
People and civil society groups in the Deep South of Thailand have donated more than 3 million baht to help an Islamic school after it was forced to close down under a court order. Civil society groups in the Deep South on Saturday, 19 March 2016, organised a fundraising event to help the Waemanor family, who ran a Pondok, Islamic religious school, called ‘Jihad Pondok’ in Talo-Kapo Village, Yaring District, Pattani Province until the court confiscated its land in early February.
A member of the Malaysian Parliament has urged the Malaysian government to acknowledge the recent confiscation of the land of an Islamic school in the Deep South by the Thai authorities while questioning Malaysia’s role in the peace process.
A human rights activist in Thailand’s restive Deep South has denied rumours that he is a member of an insurgent group in the region. Wifa-e Molor, 31, a human rights activist based in the Deep South province of Pattani, on Tuesday, 9 February 2016, spoke to the local Wartani News, to reject a rumour that he is a member of an insurgent group affiliated with Abdullayib Dolah, 42, a suspect in the assassination of a Muslim cleric in Pattani. Abdullayib died in custody in mysterious circumstances on 4 December 2015.