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Southern Thailand Peace Efforts Should Promote Rights

Expand Thai security forces inspects the scene of a bomb attack at a market in Pattani province on May 27, 2019. ©2019 Khaosod English The Thai government of Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha is signaling a new approach to the armed conflict in Thailand’s southern border provinces by initiating a dialogue with the separatist group Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN). This is the first public recognition by Thai authorities that the BRN is responsible for the insurgency that has claimed more than 7,000 lives over the past 16 years. It may take months or years for this dialogue to yield tangible…

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