UNHCR and Thai government responsible for death of Pakistani Asylum seeker in Bangkok IDC
28 May 2017
Philadelphia: May 28, 2017. (PCP) Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC and Editor of Pakistan Christian Post said in a statement here today that Pakistani Christians have grave concerns of death of Ijaz Tariq in Immigration Detention Centre IDC of Bangkok without any medical support.
Dr. Nazir Bhatti said “death of Pakistani Christian Asylum seeker in IDC Bangkok without any medical assistance is violation of human rights for which UNHRC Bangkok office and Thailand government are equally responsible”
Ijaz Tariq was arrested on immigration laws violations of Thai government like hundreds of other Pakistani Christian Asylum seekers who are duly registered with UNHCR and not provided with right of bail.
The right of bail on minor immigration laws is duly under international laws but Thai government have been continuously denying it to Pakistani Christian asylum seekers from last three years due to which hundreds of children, women and elderly are locked up.
The role of UNHCR Bangkok is also substandard and contrary to UN Refugee convention when it fails to provide legal assistance to asylum seekers detained by Thai Administration nor provides medical assistance to sick children, women and men who fled from Pakistan on persecution.
The UNHCR Bangkok office have hired Muslim translators who wrongly interpret Pakistani Christian Asylum seekers during interviews which end in failure to present true stories and evidence of asylum seekers.
Ijaz Tariq case was also denied on May 26, 2017, by UNHCR Bangkok office due to misinterpretation of Sunni Muslim Pakistani translators hired by UNHCR when he was in IDC Bangkok like hundreds of other cases.
Dr. Nazir Bhatti said “UNHCR have hired Muslim translators who are employees of ISI and IB of Pakistan government and to perform duty to make interviews of Pakistani Christian Asylum seekers unsuccessful and UNHCR Bangkok have knowledge of it”
“PCC warns Caritas Pakistan on supporting government of Pakistan to give incentive of ticket payment and rehabilitation in Pakistan to Pakistani Christian Asylum seekers in Thailand because Caritas International not carry such conspiracies against human being to support any government” added Nazir Bhatti
PCC Chief said that I am writing to UNHCR Geneva office on substandard policies of UNHCR Bangkok office towards Pakistani Christian Asylum seekers on hiring Muslim agents of Pakistan government as translators and not providing medical assistance to Christians registered with its office.
Nazir Bhatti said, “I am sending memorandum to Human Right Commission of UN in Geneva about violation of human rights by Thailand government on arrest of Pakistani Christian Asylum seekers and not providing medical assistance to detainees in IDC Bangkok”
Nazir Bhatti urged Thailand government to provide opportunity of bails to Pakistani Christian Asylum seekers immediately to secure human rights of detained on minor immigration charges.