Buddhist minority declines the ‘deep south’ due to protracted armed conflict by IDMC
Since 2004, there has been a resurgence of violence in Thailand’s southern provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat, where the government is facing the violent opposition of a number of Malay Muslim insurgency groups. Close to 5,000 people have been killed and nearly 8,000 injured. Buddhists, estimated to represent around 20 per cent of the total population of the three provinces in 2000, have been disproportionately affected by the violence; they account for nearly 40 per cent of all deaths and more than 60 per cent of all injured. Civilians from both communities are the main victims of the violence. As a result, many have since 2004 fled their homes and moved to safer areas.
A step forward in the right direction by Veera Prateepchaikul | Bangkok Post
The Department of Special Investigation has been asked to investigate the disappearance of two Malay Muslims last seen on April 30, when eyewitnesses saw them entering the Naresuan border patrol police camp in Bannang Sata district of Yala. They were reportedly looking for their missing boat, believed impounded by the policemen there.
High ranking police officers filed complaints against torture victims related to gun robbery
On Friday 10 June 2011, at 10.00 am, Mr. Sudeerueman Maleh and seven other people who are torture victims in the gun robbery case that took place in Narathiwat in 2004, will report themselves before the Crime Suppression Division. They will be accompanied by a lawyer from the Lawyers Council of Thailand (LCT).
Detainees’ families suffer in Thai south | AFP
In a tree-shaded prison yard in Thailand's south, inmates cuddle their children and chat to their wives over plates of halal food, while guards with batons circle the rare gathering.
Condemning the explosion in the restaurant in Narathivath
On 25 Aug 2009, there was a heavy bomb explosion near a Thai restaurant called “Suan Kway” in the downtown area of Narathivath. The bomb exploded at 12.30 p.m. causing injuries to 43 persons. Five cars and 6 surrounding houses were also damaged
Thai court Clears security officials of misconduct in Takbai massacre | The Nation
Songkhla - A Thai court on Friday ruled that there was no misconduct on the part of security officials who involved in the Tak Bai incident five years ago that caused the death of 85 Thai-Muslims