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Thai authorities detain asylum seekers minor children with them in IDC Bangkok

London: January 27, 2018. (PCP) Images of asylum seeker children being arrested and detained despite Thai Authorities assuring termination of such practice, causes international outrage.

British Pakistani Christian Association paid the visa overstay court fines for the victims of the immigration raids on Pakistani Christian asylum-seeking communities at Onut Soi 58, Bangkok. BPCA pays the fines thanks to a kindly Thai Actor named Sakda Kaewbuadee who has been helping Pakistani Christians after being moved by the plight of an asylum seeker he met at the brutal Bangkok IDC.

In the images taken whilst Sakda was paying the fines on behalf of the BPCA he proved outright that the Royal Thai Government is arresting children and detaining them despite the assurances of Prime Minister Prayat Chan-o-cha during the 'Summit of Refugees in New York 20th September 2016, when he declared that child detention would be terminated. He also confirmed that a robust refugee-screening mechanism would be initiated with hope that it would help distinguish those who truly need protection from those migrating to Thailand for other reasons. The new migrant monitoring mechanism would ensure that protection can be accorded to those in genuine need, and would minimise immigration detention.

On 10th January 2017, the Thai government passed Cabinet Resolution No. 10/01 B.E. 2560 providing for the establishment of a Committee for the Management of Undocumented Migrants and Refugees to develop criteria and methods to identify and manage undocumented migrants and refugees. However, the Thai government one year later has still to establish any structures to recognise refugees and asylum seekers and yesterday's arrests proves the Thai government continues to re-persecute asylum seekers who seek protection within their borders.

The Thai Government also submitted a commitment to the UN during the Universal Periodic Review of Thailand, confirming they would allow bail to detainees with serious medical conditions and for women and children. The review forms part of Thailand's commitment under the 'International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights' and was held on the 119th Session of the 'Human Rights Council' in March 2017. Under article 40 of the covenant the Royal Thai Government was required to provide a written report and paragraph 130 of their response states:

130. Thailand allows NGOs to seek bail for those believed to have fled home for fear of persecution, especially women, children, and persons with serious medical conditions, to live outside Immigration Detention Centres (IDCs). Today, the majority have been granted bail with the remaining few being expedited for consideration.

Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, said: "Thailand's continued arrests of Pakistani Christian asylum seekers including many vulnerable children resulting in their detainment in the notorious IDC is symptomatic of the insular perspective held by the nations government.

"Tragically this has led to the detainment of all overstayers including those with a valid UNHCR registration and worse still even those who have achieved refugee determination status. "

"The lack of any acceptable refugee-monitoring system one year on from the formation of a body created specifically for this purpose, illustrates the apathy the Royal Thai Government has towards complying with their international obligations. Their true intent is the brutalization of unwanted asylum seekers in their nation so that these victims feel obligated to leave.

"America has finally joined Canada, Holland and Hungary in admitting that persecution exists in Pakistan, by adding Pakistan to their 'Special Watch List' they have placed the poor human rights record in Pakistan onto the International agenda. Even then the UNHCR in Thailand and the Thai Nation continue their re-persecution of innocent people.

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