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PAKISTAN: Statement of concern on the detention of refugees and asylum seekers of Pakistani origin in Thailand
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PAKISTAN: Statement of concern on the detention of refugees and asylum seekers of Pakistani origin in Thailand
ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION — URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME

Dear friends,

We wish to share with you the following statement from 26 Human Rights Organisations.

Asian Human Rights Commission
Hong Kong

___________________________
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AHRC-FST-101-2010
December 22, 2010

A Statement from 26 Human Rights Organisations forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission

PAKISTAN: Statement of concern on the detention of refugees and asylum seekers of Pakistani origin in Thailand

Date: 15/12/2010

We, the undersigned, are deeply concerned and shocked at the arrest and detention of 86 refugees and asylum seekers of Pakistani origin in Bangkok. These vulnerable people were arrested from their homes in a dawn raid and taken to the Bangkok Detention Centre.

We have information that indicates that almost all the detainees have either been recognized as refugees by the UNHCR or have registration documents as their cases for Refugee Status Determination is under way. They all belong to the Ahmadiyya faith. The persecution of Ahmadis has been particularly severe and systematic in Pakistan, which is the only state to have officially declared the Ahmadis to be non-Muslims and are persecuted for professing their religion. The systematic persecution of the community in Pakistan is well documented.

This targeted detention by Thai officials of a particular community from their homes is particularly concerning and disturbing.

We have been informed that the detainees include more than 30 children who have been detained along with their parents.

Thailand has been generous and accommodating of those who have sought refuge within its borders. It has been compassionate and understanding of those in need of protection from persecution. These detentions however are a blot on the tolerant and compassionate image of Thailand.

Thailand is the President of the UN Human Rights Council, and it is highly unbecoming of the President of the Human Rights Coucil to sanction a flagrant violation of basic human rights. International human rights standards prohibit arbitrary, indefinite and non-reviewable detention. Refugees and asylum seekers should not be detained or penalized because they were compelled to enter a country irregularly or without proper documentation.

In addition, Thailand, which has signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child, must ensure the best interest of all children, that they are protected and are not detained for migration-related purposes in the first instance.

These refugees and asylum seekers are NOT criminals, they need to be protected and not victimised.

We strongly urge the Thai government to reconsider its ill advised action and release the 86 detainees.

We hope the Thai government will adhere to the high standards of compassion and human rights through the unconditional release of the detainees.

Signed by 26 human rights organisations as seen below:

 
Name Of organisation
Country
1.
Asylum Access
USA
2.
Asylum Access Thailand
Thailand
3.
Egyptian Foundation for Refugee Rights
Egypt
4.
Fahamu Refugee Programme
UK
5.
Forum Asia
Regional
6.
Glo Foundation
India
7.
Healthy Equity Initiatives
Malaysia
8.
Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre Limited
Hong Kong, China SAR
9.
INHURED International
Nepal
10.
International Detention Coalition
International
11.
Khmer Kampuchaa Krom Human Rights Association (KKKHRA)
Cambodia
12.
Korean Public Interest Lawyers Group GONGGAM
Republic of Korea
13.
Libyan League for Human Rights
Libya
14.
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Unied States of America
15.
Mapendo International
USA
16.
NANCEN
South Korea
17.
New Zealand National Refugee Network
New Zealand
18.
OfERR
India
19.
Peoples Empowerment Foundation
Thailand
20.
PPR Nepal
Nepal
21.
Refugee Council of Australia
Australia
22.
Thai Committee for Refugees (TCR)
Thailand
23.
The Arakan Project
Regional
24.
the National Human Rights Society of Malaysia (HAKAM)
Malysia
25.
The other Media
India
26.
U.S. Committee for Refugees and immigrants (USCRI)
USA

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About AHRC: The Asian Human Rights Commission is a regional non-governmental organisation monitoring and lobbying human rights issues in Asia. The Hong Kong-based group was founded in 1984.

Source:  
www.ahrchk.net/statements/mainfile.php/2010statements/3005/
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