Rights group denounces Thai teachers' slayings
BANGKOK (AP) -- A major international human rights organization has called for an immediate end to violence against school personnel in Thailand's insurgency-wracked southern provinces, following last week's murder of two Buddhist teachers who were shot execution-style in the middle of a school day.
New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement Monday that the Islamist insurgents who execute teachers show what it termed "utter depravity and disregard for humanity" and also threaten the security of the Muslim community that they claim to represent.
More than 5,000 people have been killed in the three Muslim-dominated southernmost provinces of Buddhist-dominated Thailand since an Islamist insurgency erupted in January 2004. The total includes 157 school personnel.
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