BPCA announces that Thailand opens bail for detained UNHCR registered asylum seekers
11 Jul 2017
London: July 11, 2017. (PCP) For almost two years persecuted Pakistani Christians and Ahmadis who make up over 50% of Thailand's asylum seeker community have been refused bail for overstaying their visa's. For the re-persecuted victims this has meant an extremely difficult and stressful stay in Bangkok's brutal Immigration Detention Centre (IDC). However, Yesterday Thai authorities declared that bail would be granted to UNHCR registered asylum seekers and refugees similar in process to the bail system operated some years ago. The bail system reopens tomorrow and BPCA hopes to be able to initiate some applications immediately.
After an initial very strong lobby in 2013 by numerous charities and NGO's the Royal Thai Government (RTG) initiated a bail system for asylum seekers and refugees in 2014. This involved payment of a substantial bail fee of 50,000 baht (£1136 or $1467) for a two year bail, which could be renewed for free after the initial period was up. However after a huge raft of detained by charities such as our own BPCA the Thai Government decided to close the bail system around two years ago, barring individuals with a serious provable medical condition. Worse still in June last year the RTG then decided to terminate bail for these individuals in its entirety - resulting in three preventable deaths.
The most recent of these caused the total demoralisation of detainees and charities alike, after 36 year old Ijaz Masih predicted his own death after being denied medication and medical assistance for some months, and feeling the rapid decline of his health in his dying hours (click here). There have been more deaths of Pakistani Christians in the IDC but only three linked to their brutal tactics of removal of humans they see as vermin. It should be noted that asylum seekers form western nations were still able to obtain bail and this was specifically a targeting of Pakistani's and Afro-Caribbean people from their homelands. The targeting is believed to be based on the size of the victims wallets and not the colour of their skin we clarify.
British Pakistani Christian Association has already released several individuals from the IDC and has initiated an immediate appeal. Of the 97 Pakistani Christians in the IDC it is estimated that only 25 -30 will be able to obtain bail (but the number will rise to 45 individuals released as children do not have to pay bail). A further 20 have already been granted refugee status and we will only free them if we have a surplus of funds but our obvious priority is for those who will obviously benefit for the longest from bail. There are mothers with children and some very seriously ill individuals who need to be removed immediately and the application process can take up to two months.