A poll conducted by a think tank in Thailand’s Deep South shows that people in the restive border provinces are in favour of peace talks despite their distrust of state volunteer corps. The latest survey on how people in the southern border provinces of Yala, Pattani, and Narathiwat view the violent conflict, social issues, justice system, and peace process between the Thai state and the Muslim insurgent groups shows that 76.9 per cent of the local population, the majority of whom are Muslims, are in favour of the ongoing peace process.
A Key PULO member talks about his 18 years behind bars, during which he helped to further peace talks.
The latest round of peace talks has just started in early June in Kuala Lumpur -- quietly. The talks were reportedly initiated and supported by Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta leader, himself. Srisompob Jitpiromsri, a renowned academic and authority on the Deep South conflict discusses the prospect of the talks under the military regime.
The Thai military detained five students without arrest warrants while carrying out a search and collected DNA samples from another group of students in the restive deep south. According to Wartani, military and security officers from the Southern Border Provinces Police Operation Centre (SBPPOC) stormed into Darussalam Foundation School in Bang Kaew District of southern Phatthalung Province at around 10.20 am on Tuesday and detained five students without arrest warrants.
Khaosod English: A commander of the Thai army has admitted that a military intelligence unit mistakenly identified a summer lesson at an Islamic school in the southern province of Pattani as a terrorist conference.
Thai military reportedly killed two suspected insurgents and arrested three suspects during a raid at a school in Thailand’s restive Deep South. However, there are reports that another woman was also killed at the scene. Nearly a hundred military officers surrounded an Islamic school in Mayo District in Pattani Province at around 3 am on Friday in an attempt to arrest suspects believed to be hiding in the school, according Wartani, a local media outlet based in the southern border province of Pattani.
Given the circumstances in the south where the draconian special laws (martial law, the Emergency Decree and the Internal Security Act, all of which violate very basic human rights to different extents) have been imposed for more than ten years now (compared to just six months for the rest of the country), there is no proper and official communication channel for the non-state armed groups (NSAGs, which despite their official protests are often referred to as separatists by both the Siamese colonialists/Thai governments and Thai media).
The Pattani court has ruled that a Malay Muslim man was shot dead by security forces during an operation related to the insurgency in the restive southern province of Pattani. The lawyer says, however, he has no hope in pursuing the case against the authorities responsible for the death.
The court has rejected an appeal to investigate an alleged torture case in Pattani on grounds that the 2007 Constitution can no longer be used to claim a citizen’s basic rights, according to the Muslim Attorney Center Foundation. On 7 September, the Pattani Provincial Court rejected an appeal by Rohima Huseng, who alleged security officers in Pattani tortured her brother, Hasan Huseng, during interrogation. Hasan Huseng, a suspected insurgent, was captured by Spec
Police searched the house of a Media Selatan Radio journalist in the southernmost province of Pattani without a search warrant and asked for DNA samples of the occupants. The police claimed that they wanted to search for illegal drugs and that they did not need a search warrant under martial law.