Patani Forum

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Patani Forum is working to create an environment conducive for debate about the nature of the conflict in Thailand's Malay-speaking South.
Last updated: December 2019

Patani Forum is a non-profit organisation made up of former student leaders, young activists, academics and writers working to create an environment conducive to a rigorous and meaningful debate about the nature of the conflict in Thailand's Malay-speaking South, and how best to address and resolve these issues.


Patani Forum works with a new generation of local leaders and activists in the Malay-speaking area in south Thailand to raise issues deemed important to the people in the area, through advocacy, civic participation, and in-depth analysis of the dynamics of the region and of the ongoing conflict. The idea is to convince Thai society and the state, as well as the international community, that the road to peace and peaceful coexistence must be firmly rooted in the acknowledgement that the Malays of Southern Thailand have a historical and cultural identity of their own and that their narratives must be respected, which does not necessarily mean undermining Thai statehood.

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