Visit to Patani, Southern Thailand


Group photo
Photo: Deep South Watch

The Patani region of southern Thailand, where a majority of the population are Muslim and speak Malay as their first language, has for long been embroiled in a violent conflict between government forces and various armed groups demanding independence or autonomy from the state. Over the years, however, there have been several attempts to find a negotiated settlement to the conflict. These have often been facilitated by Malaysian delegations. 

In February, project leader Prof. Isak Svensson visited the region to study the ongoing peace process between Bangkok and Patani insurgents. Here, Prof Svensson is accompanied by Anders Engvall (Stockholm School of Economics) and Srisompob Jitpiromsri (Deep South Watch).