Relatives of prisoners convicted of far-South security crimes have called on the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre (SBPAC) to honour its pledge to transfer the inmates to their home provinces.
The SBPAC moved around 40 security-related inmates to provincial prisons in the South in July, but 49 remain behind bars in Bangkok.
"We feel cheated, as our friends are still detained in Bangkok and have not been moved to southern provinces, despite the SBPAC's pledge," one Narathiwat-based relative said.
The relative was one of nearly 100 southerners who travelled to the capital this week to visit family members in Bangkwang Central Prison as part of an SBPAC-sponsored trip.
Another relative, from Narathiwat's Cho Airong district, said he acknowledges government attempts to assist the families' visit, as well as its provision of scholarships to prisoners' families.
But he said the prisoner transfer process should be made a priority if the government wants to show it is serious about delivering justice to Muslims in the far South.
Of the 49 inmates still being held in the capital, 45 are detained at Bangkwang while four are being held at the Bangkok Remand Prison. They cannot be transferred until they have exhausted all avenues of appeal.
Somkiat Boonchu, adviser to the prime minister on civil services, said the SBPAC has tried its best to relocate all inmates convicted of far-South security crimes, but there were still some issues that needed resolving.
He also explained to the relatives attempts by governments to engage in peace talks with southern insurgent groups, including the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) and the Pattani United Liberation Organisation.
He told them that the peace talks, including those undertaken by previous governments, have been positive as they have helped make insurgents' demands widely known.
He conceded, however, that doubts remained over whether the peace process with the BRN would succeed, noting there were still several judicial and other issues to be overcome in the restive region.
Some relatives told Mr Somkiat that violence would probably continue in the far South unless the government accepted the BRN's demands.
The demands, issued in a YouTube clip earlier this year, include the release of all security-related prisoners.