27 Sep '11, 7am

Amnesty accuses Thai militants of \\"war crimes\\"

Amnesty accuses Thai militants of \\"war crimes\\"

BANGKOK - Insurgents in Thailand's Muslim-dominated deep south are increasingly targeting civilians in attacks that often amount to war crimes, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. The conflict has claimed thousands of lives since 2004 in Thailand's three southernmost provinces, which have been under a state of emergency for the past six years. Amnesty said in a report that almost two-thirds of those killed were civilians, both Muslims and Buddhists, from farmers and religious leader to those with semi-official positions like teachers and civil servants. The rights group said the war crimes accusation relates to increasing attacks against people taking no active part in what it described as an "internal armed conflict". "Our conclusion is that the purpose of those attacks is to create terror," Amnesty researcher Benjamin Zawacki, the author of the report, said at a press...

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