Faiyen members now asylum seekers in France

On Friday (2 August), political activist in exile Junya Yimprasert wrote on her Facebook page that members of the protest band Faiyen had left Laos and travelled to France.

Faiyen fled the country after its members were ordered to report to the NCPO following the 2014 military coup. Recently, they received several death threats, including one Facebook message from an individual who claimed to be a member of the special forces, who told them to choose between turning themselves in or being killed. This came at a time when concerns for the safety of Thai political refugees were rising due to several disappearances of activists in exile. This sparked the online #SaveFaiyen campaign calling for the relevant authorities, such as UNHCR, to provide them with safe passage to a third country.

Junya said that the group was supported by the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), who arranged their flights and provided their tickets, along with the donations they received from supporters in Thailand and other countries. The band is now in France, where they will be entering the process of applying for official refugee status and learning the language.

 

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