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CrCF and MAC call for participate in Public Seminar


FORWARDED PRESS RELEASE
AHRC-FPR-010-2013
A Press Release from the Cross Culture Foundation (CrCF) and the Muslim Attorney Center Foundation (MAC) forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)
THAILAND: CrCF and MAC call for participate in Public Seminar: "10th year of Martial Law and the insurgency: Democracy, human rights & conflict transformation in the Deep South"

Thai
For immediate release on 20 February 2013
Press Release
Public Seminar: "10th year of Martial Law and the insurgency:Democracy, human rights & conflict transformation in the Deep South"
Wednesday 27 February 2013 (9.00-16.30)
NERO Room, 3rd Floor, Bangkok Chada Hotel,
Concept Note

The continuing unrest in the Deep South of Thailand has now entered its 10th year and a pacification of the situation is not expected any time soon. Achieving peace, security, stability and justice in the Deep South presents a challenge to all involved stakeholders. At present, it is widely acknowledged that the violence in the Deep South has entered into a protracted state or conflict transformation.

On the occasion of 10th year of the escalation of the insurgency in 2004, this event aims at reflecting on the changes and continuities in the patterns of violence and human rights abuses since the onset of the conflict. In specific, on this upcoming Thursday an overview of both the dynamics of insurgency violence in 2009 as well as human rights abuses committed by the security forces under the special laws during the last year will be presented. Panelists include representatives from Law Reform Committee of Thailand, Cross Cultural Foundation (CrCF), Muslim Attorney Center Foundation (MAC), Duayjai (Children Voices for Peace), Deep Peace, HAP, Deep South Watch (DSW) The Asia Foundation (TAF), Human Rights Watch, FIDH and International commission of Jurists (ICJ). This event will help us to reflect on the past as well as to anticipate and prepare for what might lie in store for the conflict in the Deep South in 2013.
Orgainsed by:

Cross Cultural Foundation – CrCF
Muslim Attorney Center Foundation – MAC

Supported by

Embassy of Canada

Venue:

Meeting room: NERO
3rd Floor, Bangkok Chada Hotel, Ratchadapisak Road 02-2754046-8
MRT- Huaykwang Station

Date:
Wednesday 27 February 2013 (9.00-16.30)

Target groups:

human rights network, national & international media, academia, interested public, foreign missions, international media, government agencies etc.

Language:
Thai & English with translation equipment
Public Seminar: "10th year of Martial Law and the insurgency:
Democracy, human rights & conflict transformation in the Deep South"
Wednesday 27 February 2013 (9.00-16.30)
NERO Room, 3rd Floor, Bangkok Chada Hotel,
Tentative Agenda
9:00-9:30 Registration & Opening session
9:30-10:00 Screening Documentary: His name is Assari
Documentary related to violence in the south, torture and access to justice
10:00-11:30 Panel Discussion on
From 4 Jan 2004- Bajoh 2013:10th years of Martial Law VS Insurgency

Mr. Somchai Homlaor - Law reform Committee and Former Truth Commission and Reconciliation
Mr. Sunai Pasuk – Human Rights Watch
Ms. Yana Salamae – Takbai villager
Dr. Panjai Wohandee – Forensic Science Institute, Ministry of Justice
Dr. Gothom Arya – Mahidol University

Moderator: Ms. Ruangrawee (Asia Foundation)

11:30- 12:30 A and Input from
Mr. Abdulsurkul Di-a – SBPs Civil Society Council
Mr. Abdulrosak Lohlem – Working Committee on Public opinion on Civil Society Forum
Ms. Anchana Hemeena – Duayjai Group (Children Rights for Peace)
12:30- 14:00 Lunch
14:00- 16.30 Lesson Learnt from Strategic for democracy, human rights and conflict transformation in Southern Thailand
• Legal Aid and Human rights advocacy; MAC, CrCF, FIDH,ICJ
• Women Rights advocacy
• Child Rights advocacy
• Dialogue and Political solution
• Democratic space
• Peace and Conflict transformation work
• International organization; Oxfam, UNDP, UN women, Save the children

Language:
Thai & English with translation equipment

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