Target: Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha
Goal: Don’t continue returning refugees back to the country they fled.
Hundreds of immigrants have been forcibly sent back to a county where they face detention, ethnic discrimination, religious repression, and prosecution from the Chinese government for their Turkic heritage and Muslim practices.
At least 65% of the Turkic people remain in detention within the borders of Thailand where they have been since they arrived in 2014, and they should be protected under the Refugee Convention by the government they fled to. One hundred people were sent back to the country they fled from after urging from China to have them returned, and their fates are currently unknown. One hundred seventy women and children were also released, but back to Turkey.
Turkic people in China face extreme discrimination as they are persecuted in the name of a fight against religious extremism, terrorism, and separatism. They are also denied rights and aid from the U.N. officials who can give them legal counsel and refugee aid. Under international laws, Thailand cannot send their refugees anywhere that has a history of human rights violations against their culture, yet they have been returned from the country they left.
Thailand needs to properly enforce and follow international law by not allowing more Turkic people to be deported into an area where they face religious and cultural discrimination and instead allow the UNHCR officials to work with the refugees to get them to where they will be safe.
Dear Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha,
The deportations of refugees back to a country where they have previously faced extreme cultural and religious persecution is a violation of human rights and has caught your country in a verbal war between Turkey and China. These refugees came to your country seeking asylum from what they were previously enduring, and after a year in detention they were sent back despite it being against international laws that your country signed and agreed to.
All the remaining refugees need to remain in the protection of Thailand where they can get aid from the U.N. and hopefully go to Turkey, if that is what they desire, instead of being sent to China for immigration detention and continued mistreatment for their beliefs. Work with the U.N. instead of with China and let this situation be resolved peacefully and with consideration for the remaining refugees.
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