Thailand urged to look into the plight of Pakistani Christians asylum seekers

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Royal Kingdom of Thailand has been invoked to look into the plight of the marooned Pakistani Christian asylum seekers who had been detailed recently. Following the arrest of 45 Pakistani Christians seeking asylum in Thailand the Chief Coordinator of R.E.A.L Jeffery Imm has written a letter to Counselor Menasavet at Royal Kingdom of Thailand in Washington DC; urging for leniency regarding the Pakistan Christian refugee arrests in Thailand.

Pakistani Christians arrested in Bangkok

Details confirmed that the 45 Pakistani Christians arrested by the Thai immigration authorities were duly registered with the UNHCR Bangkok. In his letter, which was written with reference to International Human Rights Day, Jeffery Imm stated: “Today, December 10, 2016, the great Kingdom of Thailand, your allies in United States of America, and the rest of the world celebrate “Human Rights Day,” recognizing the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on December 10, 1948.

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The UDHR was adopted by the nations of the world, including your nation and the United States of America, after terrible abuses against human rights and crimes against humanity. The Kingdom of Thailand has also been a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) since October 29, 1996. It is also “Constitution Day” today for your nation”

“In the 21st century, the world, including the Kingdom of Thailand, the United States of America, and other nations have suffered due to a new stream of extremists who use terrorism and violent persecution against religious minorities around the world. It is facing these human right threats that Pakistan religious minority Christians have fled as refugees seeking asylum in your nation” he continued.

Jeffery Imm’s letter further read: “As Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.) has discussed with you, Pakistan religious minority Christians have been struggling through the refugee status determination (RSD) process with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Bangkok.

We and other volunteers have been trying to provide assistance to these desperate refugees from extremist persecution in their native Pakistan. R.E.A.L. has been told today of a mass arrest of 46 such refugees seeking asylum, by the Thai immigration authorities. I understand the need to enforce immigration law. But R.E.A.L. urges you to consider mercy for the case of these Pakistan Christian refugees who have fled to Thailand seeking asylum not as financial migrants, but as desperate people seeking freedom of religious and freedom from prosecution.

We will continue to ask the UNHCR in Bangkok to try to assist these desperate refugees. But we plead for mercy to the Thai government on this Human Rights Day to show mercy to these desperate Pakistan Christian refugees that have been arrested today. Please consider their release to allow them to pursue seeking refuge in Thailand from the forces of persecution they face in Pakistan.”

One of the Pakistani Christian asylum seekers Maqsood Iqbal who managed to escape the crackdown stated: “This morning 45 people were captured and were taken as detainees. I have been there with them from the start till the end. I have seen everything with my sinful eyes. Within those 45 people are 23 Children, 13 Women and 9 men some of them are of old age. It was unbearable for me to see the people crying out for help.

As you already know Christmas month has just begun and we are targeted like this after coming here, trying to escape persecution in Pakistan. Now if the fine (court fees) is not paid the entire group of asylum seekers will be thrown into criminal jails. So as a brother I ask you to help them in this time of need. May God bless you.”