Thai caretaker Cabinet on Tuesday approved the extension of state of emergency imposed on the three southern border provinces for another three months.
Chitchai Wannasathit, the caretaker deputy prime minister, said on Tuesday that since the security situation in the south is still tense, the government has to extend the emergency state.
The state of emergency on three Thai southernmost provinces -- Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani -- was first imposed in July last year and must be renewed every three months. Emergency rule allows the government to impose curfews, prohibit public gatherings, censor and ban publications, detain suspects without charge, confiscate property and tap telephones.
It also affords officials legal immunity for acts carried out under its provisions.
At least 1,300 people have been killed since unrest broke out in January 2004 in provinces along Thailand's border with Malaysia. The violence was blamed on a complex web of Islamic separatists, local corruption and organized crime.