Bangkok, July 9: Thai authorities confirmed on Thursday that they have repatriated 90 Uyghur asylum seekers, detained by immigration authorities for over a year, to Chi. Deputy government spokesman Major General Werachon Sukondhapatipak confirmed the deportation in a statement to radio station FM 100.5, Efe news agency reported. Werachon said the process was carried out “under the agreement that their safety is guaranteed according to humanitarian principles”.
The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) criticised the deportation of the Uyghurs to Chi by Thai authorities, as many of them were sent against their will. In a statement, UNHCR urged Thailand to meet its obligations and allow around 50 Uyghurs, still on Thai soil, to be sent to a third country.
“We are shocked by this deportation of around 100 people and consider it a flagrant violation of intertiol law,” said Volker Turk, UNHCR’s assistant high commissioner for protection (IANS)