Bangkok, Sep 21 (DPA) Separatists have killed 135 teachers in southern Thailand over the past eight years in their efforts to rid the region of ‘Siamese infidels’, a human rights group said Tuesday.
Since January 2004, insurgents in Thailand’s southernmost provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala have deliberately targeted school teachers in their fight against Thai rule.
‘Southern Thailand is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a teacher,’ Human Rights Watch (HRW) researcher Bede Sheppard said.
A report titled ‘Targets of Both Sides: Violence Against Students, Teachers and School in Thailand’s Southern Border Provinces’, said 135 school officials had been killed and 121 injured.
‘The insurgents’ practice of shooting teachers and burning schools shows incredible depravity,’ said Sheppard.