Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Insurgents in Thailand

Here is the link: http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/02/14/thailand-insurgents-should-cease-attacks-civilians

In Thailand, numerous attacks by insurgents on the southern border have been made on Thai Buddhist teachers and civilians. These acts have been occurring because of a failed attack on a military camp killing a commander and other militants. These killings have been in retaliation to this attack. Because of this, Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung implemented a curfew in order to control the violence occurring, but it is believed that a restriction on the freedom of movement would only spike even more attacks. Malay Muslims want to take control of the southern border and plan to drive out the Thai Buddhists. However, the laws of war prohibit from discrimination between military personnel and civilians, but the Malay Muslims say that under Islamic law, it is okay to attack civilians because they are part of the Thai Buddhist community. First off, I do not see curfews as a positive action. A person should not be told when he or she can and cannot leave and walk around their surroundings. Also, I believe that what is occurring in Thailand is terrible, and should be stopped immediately and the process of trying to stop it should continue. No ethnic group should be discriminated against, and innocent civilians should not be prosecuted and murdered because of their ethnicity. Retaliation attacks in my opinion are one of the worst because there is a lot of anger behind it. I believe that no matter what culture you are a part of or what ethnicity you are, it is not okay to attack one another. The violence that is occurring in Thailand is a violation of human rights, and I believe that the government should continue in the attempt of stopping these actions and find justice for the innocent.

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