9 Apr 2020
UN Rights Office urges Asia-Pacific States to release detained migrants, suspend forced returns amid COVID-19 crisis and allow them to access the public health service. Refugees who were arrested at Nontaburi on 28 August, 2018 (Source: Twitter/Jonathan Head)
19 Feb 2020
Amnesty International, with artists Jirawut Ueasungkomsate and Sakda Kaewbuadee, opened a new exhibition on urban refugees titled "I am not allowed to exist in your reality," which will run from 18 February-1 March 2020 at the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre.
17 Feb 2020
It was also found that at least 8 of these refugees have disappeared for no known reason, even though they were living in other countries.
5 Aug 2019
Pavin Chachavalpongpun has reported a physical attack against him, confirming growing public concern at his disappearance from Facebook.
24 Jun 2019
Prachatai talks to Jiraporn Laocharoenwong from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Faculty of Political Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, the anthropologist who started the project, and Nuankhanit Phromchanya, the director, about the making of the documentary "Capital of Mae La" and the idea of the myth of the nation, which turns refugees, who are citizens of the world like everyone else, into second-class citizens.
13 Jun 2019
A new report by the Shan Human Rights Foundation (SHRF) and Shan State Refugee Committee – Thai Border (SSRC-TB) found that new security threats from the Myanmar Army and the United Wa State Army (UWSA) are heightening the vulnerability of refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) living in camps along the border between Shan State and Thailand.
3 Apr 2019
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.
14 Feb 2019
On 7 January 2019, after the Thai authorities had a change of heart in regards to the 18-year-old Saudi asylum-seeker Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, the Thai Immigration Police chief, told reporters: “Thailand is the Land of Smiles. We will not send anyone to die.”
7 Jan 2019
After overwhelming international support for 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, the Thai authorities have apparently changed direction. Maj Gen Surachate Hakcharn said around 4 pm today that Thailand will no longer try to deport her against her will, saying that “we won’t send someone to their death.” He also announced that representatives from the UNHCR would be able to meet with her at 5 pm.
7 Jan 2019
(Bangkok) – Thailand authorities should immediately halt the planned deportation of a Saudi woman who says she is fleeing domestic abuse and fears for her safety if forcibly returned to Saudi Arabia, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should also allow her unrestricted access to make a refugee claim with the Bangkok office of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and should respect UNHCR’s decision under the agency’s protection mandate.
3 Sep 2018
Amnesty International is alarmed by the detention and treatment of at least 168 Cambodian and Vietnamese asylum seekers and refugees in Thailand, and urges the Thai authorities to release them immediately pending the assessment of their asylum claims. Amnesty International has raised the issue of the treatment and deportation of asylum seekers and refugees with the Thai government in the past1, but regrettably we have seen the absence of concrete improvements in the protection of people seeking asylum in Thailand.
30 Aug 2018
Uphold Pledge to End Immigration Detention of Children (Bangkok, August 30, 2018) – Thai authorities should immediately release 181 ethnic minority refugees and asylum seekers, most with UN refugee status, who were recently arrested, Human Rights Watch said today. Those detained come mostly from the Montagnard population in Vietnam and Cambodia and were arrested on August 28, 2018, on the outskirts of Bangkok.