Violence on the Periphery of the Thai State and Nationhood

  • Karin ZackariEmail author
Part of the Staat – Souveränität – Nation book series (SSN)


State violence in Thailand is one of the main targets of human rights advocacy. Activists, lawyers and scholars address both the violence as events and the deficiency in institutional processes for holding authorities accountable. Violations of rights are generally understood as belonging within the juridical realm, taking as point of reference a citizen or group of citizens in relation to a state or union of states. From that perspective the most violent space of the state is where non-citizens and marginalized groups are identified. These are people whose claims matter little to the state. Human rights organizations and reports are on agreement that Thailand repeatedly breach the rights of refugees and fail to protect them from abuse. Among the non-nationals on the margins of the Thai state there are more than half a million stateless persons residing within the Thai borders. The state-violence Thailand performs towards these groups of people construes a clear cut between nationals and non-nationals. The Thai state is however also notorious for committing state violence against those regarded as nationals.


Political Conflict State Violence Benevolent Leadership Thai People Islamic Community 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Historiska institutionenLUX, Lunds UniversitetLundSweden

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