Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network
The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) is deeply concerned by the continued detention of a UNHCR recognised refugee minor from Somalia who suffers from Downs Syndrome. Thirteen-year-old Hamza Abdulrashid has been held for over five months at the Suan Plu Immigration Detention Center in Bangkok. He has not had access to necessary specialised medical care in conditions that pose significant risk to his health, and potentially to his life.
On December 27, 2011 the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network sent an open letter to the Prime Minister of Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra on the deportation of a Hmong refugee and his family for the second time. In the letter, the group strongly urges the Thai government to reconsider its ill advised action and review its policy and procedure on refugees seeking asylum in Thailand, and calls on the Thai government to ensure that Ka Yang is not persecuted by the Lao PDR government and is released and permitted full freedom of movement.
The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) has sent a letter to the Secretariat of Prime Minister, with a demand to meet with the Prime Minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, to discuss the APRRN’s clear concern for the continuing denial of human rights to asylum seekers and refugees, as set out in APRRN’s Statement of Concern dated 20 December 2010 regarding the arrest and indefinite detention of Pakistani asylum seekers and refugees in Bangkok