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rungrawee 2014-12-12 15:29
Rungrawee Chalermsripinyorat           The recent visit of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to Malaysia marks the official resumption of the Deep South peace dialogue. The event is long-awaited since the talks were suspended for one year. I have been watching this development with cautious optimism.           Although more than 6,200 lives have been lost in the decade-long armed southern conflict, political turbulence in the capital has overshadowed the situation on the periphery. In my view, long-lasting peace is most likely to emerge from peace talks and not military suppression.          ...
Abu Hafez Al-Hakim 2014-12-04 19:27
    The much anticipated 1 December 2014 meeting of the Malaysian Prime Minister,Mr.Najib Razak and  the “self-appointed “ Military Thai Prime Minister, General Prayuth Chan-O-Cha in Kuala Lumpur ended not with one but three “Bangs”. Both leaders agreed that the upcoming peace talk, or rather “Happiness Talk” as proposed by the Thais , would be based on three principles ( i.e. the three “Bangs”-writer). According to Mr. Najib the three principles were a period of no violence; all parties being represented in the peace talks and all parties in southern Thailand agreeing to one united demand to...
Shintaro 2014-10-18 20:24
After the arson of six schools in Thung Yang Daeng District on the last Saturday, Pattani Province, Thai mainstream media unanimously reported the event and a so-called demonstrations against the crime by the local people on the last Tuesday. In a picture from the FB page of the PSU Pattani Radio Station (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=800930103308121&set=pcb.80093045...), the local school children who actually had been called by the authority were holding three banners, with messages like "Why did you burn down our school?", "The new semester about to start. Where's my place for...
Abu Hafez Al-Hakim 2014-09-23 16:42
( A dedication to a Peace activist , a co-worker, a friend and a brother )   ** Note : I received this article from the person who was travelling with him in the last trip oversea. He wants his identity to remain anonymous. I present the article as it is without edit/ alteration.The attached photo was the last just before he boarded the train - Abu Hafez Al-Hakim .   " I had known Ahmadsomboon Bualuang, an academician  of distinct and unique personality, through his writings ,speeches and interviews, long before I met him in person. His wide knowledge in  Patani history, its political and...
Shintaro 2014-07-24 06:43
I'm frequently asked by my friends who are outside the conflict area of the Southern Border Provinces of Thailand or Patani on what they can do in order to help us. Those who are working for organizations specialized in aiding and social works never ask this question, as they can be part of conflict solution by performing their duties. This question is always asked by those well-wishers whose job has nothing to do with conflict solution. The well-wishes of these people are highly appreciated, but I must confess that I'm always at a loss when met by such questions. The reason is that my answer...
Shintaro 2014-07-05 20:31
On 16 June I received a phone call from the commander of the Special Unit of Patani. I had met him several times before, and this time he told me that an intelligence officer of the local ISOC (The Internal Security Operations Command). I new the intelligence officer too, and he said they wanted to have a talk with me while having a cup of coffee with me, so I suggested to see them in a coffee shop in front of my university in Patani City. A few minutes later, I was contacted by one of the deputy rectors of my university, stating that the meeting was a serious one. He told me to come to the...
DeepSouthWatch 2014-07-02 14:12
Srisompob Jitpiromsri Center for Conflict Studies and Cultural Diversity (CSCD) Deep South Watch (DSW)   Violence and conflict in Thailand’s Deep South have unfolded from different factors. Central to these factors is identity politics, which is the claim to power of a particular identity, be it national, clan, religious or linguistic. For years, Thai state had drastically rearranged and transformed Patani’s elite and political structures, particularly governance, Islamic education and legal systems, into more secularized, Thai-oriented system. The violence is essentially a renewed version of...
Shintaro 2014-03-27 14:26
  The following is the text of the speech delivered by Haji Mohajirin T. Ali, the representitive of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), in the Patani Peace Festival on 5 January 2014 in the Central Mosque, Pattani Province, Thailand.  ******************************************************** I consider it as a rare and great honour for me to be given this opportunity to speak in front of this very prestigious group and share my insights on the four decades of harsh and hard struggle of the Bangsamoro people for the exercise of their right to self-determination in Mindanao. This struggle...
DeepSouthWatch 2014-03-10 11:11
Insider Peacebuilders Platform (IPP) 28 February 2014       On February 28th, 2013, the conflict in the Deep South of Thailand entered a new phase. After nearly a decade since the escalation of violence in 2004, the Royal Thai Government represented by the National Security Council (NSC) and the most powerful resistance movement group, the National Revolutionary Front (BRN), signed a general consensus document on a Peace Dialogue Process. It came into existence with the active support of the Malaysian government, which took the function as a facilitator. Even insiders were taken by surprise...
Abu Hafez Al-Hakim 2014-02-27 10:48
 In the name of ALLAH, the Most Merciful ,the Most Compassionate   Mr. Chairman Distinguished guests and speakers Ladies and gentlemen   Assalamualaikum , peace be upon you   We wish to thank the organizer for providing space and opportunity for Patani fighters to voice their opinion on the Peace and Media Day Festival today at this prestigious venue. It is incomplete for this important gathering if the voice of the Patani fighters is not heard . We have been  striving for years ,with sweat and blood , to defend the dignity of our race ,faith and  land of Patani Malay people.  We would like...

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