Human Rights Watch has urged the Thai government not to deport 112 ethnic Uighurs to China. The group of Uighurs were recently detained in Sa Kaew province near the Thai-Cambodia border and they are now in the central Immigration Detention Center in Bangkok.
“Past cases have shown that Uighurs returned to China are always at risk of persecution,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “Thailand needs to act quickly to ensure that these people are protected and not sent into harm’s way.“
In a similar scenario in 2013, Mulsim Rohingyas were detained in Thailand after fleeing violent clashses in neighbouring Myanmar. This led to the HRW previously warning the Thai government over its treatment of the 1,700 ethnic Rohingya who were detained under allegedly inhumane conditions in June 2013.
Thailand as a signatory to the International Convention against Torture, has, along with other nations acceding to the convention, agreed that no one in its custody shall be forcibly sent to a country where there is a risk of being subjected to persecution, torture, or other serious human rights violations.
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Treaty between The Kingdom of Thailand and The People’s Republic of China on Extradition
Thailand’s Notable Criminal Extradition Cases
Fugitives in Thailand