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United Nation’s Blasts Thai Junta for Deporting Chinese Refugees Accepted by Canada

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has assured US President Barack Obama the government is handling human right issues carefully 3 days ago in Manila

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has assured US President Barack Obama the government is handling human right issues carefully 3 days ago in Manila

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BANGKOK – The United Nations has slammed Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha‘s deportation of two Chinese refugees to China, warning they were at risk of “grave human rights violations.”

“We have taken every step in accordance with the Thai laws,” General Thawip Netniyom, secretary-general of the country’s National Security Council, told Reuters.
Two day’s later at the APEC summit in the Philippines, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha assured US President Barack Obama the Junta was handling human right issues carefully and will try his best to lead the country to a sustainable democracy.
“I assured him we carefully handle the issues but sometimes misunderstandings are caused by untrue information, manipulated by those with ill-intentions,” Gen Prayut said.
Ravina Shamdasani, spokeswoman for the UN human rights agency, told reporters Thai authorities forcibly returned the Chinese rights and democracy activists, Dong Guangping and Jiang Yefei, to China despite the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) informing key Thai government agencies on November 10 that the two had been accepted for refugee resettlement to Canada and would be departing within days.

“We have expressed our concern to the government of Thailand about their deportation,” she said, pointing out that the move came just months after the country was criticized for deporting 109 ethnic Uighurs to China.

“Thailand’s forced return of these two rights activists into harm’s way in China after being explicitly told that they were refugees is cruel as well as unlawful.”


Jiang Yefei and Dong Guangping were arrested on Oct 28 following a request from China, the official, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter

Jiang Yefei and Dong Guangping were arrested on Oct 28 following a request from China, the official, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter


These actions blatantly contradict the pledge to uphold rights that the prime minister made before the UN General Assembly. It’s deeply alarming, if not surprising, that the junta’s deference to abusive neighbors takes priority over the rule of law.”

Returning the two refugees to China – where they are at risk of persecution, arbitrary detention, and possibly torture – constitutes refoulement, which is prohibited under customary international law and violates Thailand’s obligations under article 3 of the Convention against Torture. Individuals who are known to have been involved in issues considered politically sensitive or from certain ethnic or religious groups who have been forcibly returned to China have faced such mistreatment.

Thailand should also call on China to reveal the two men’s whereabouts, immediately release them, and permit them to travel abroad to reunite with their families, who have resettled in a third country.

“It seems clear that the forced return of these two activists was a deliberate, premediated rights violation by the Thai junta at China’s behest,” Richardson said. “Prime Minister Prayut should recognize that Thailand is moving toward the sort of pariah status reserved for the most rights-abusing countries, and right these wrongs.”

Thailand’s generals have cultivated warmer ties with China since seizing power in a 2014 coup. The coup was widely condemned by Western nations, which downgraded diplomatic ties, but the ruling junta claimed to have support from China.

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