UN Condemns Thailand For Deporting Third Cambodian Refugee
Sumaira FH 4 days ago Tue 23rd November 2021 | 11:50 AM
The United Nations refugee agency has condemned Thailand for deporting a third Cambodian refugee in two weeks, after a former female politician was sent back to a Phnom Penh jail
Bangkok, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 23rd Nov, 2021 ) :The United Nations refugee agency has condemned Thailand for deporting a third Cambodian refugee in two weeks, after a former female politician was sent back to a Phnom Penh jail.
Thavry Lanh -- who represented the now dissolved Cambodian opposition party at district government level and was a vocal critic of Prime Minister Hun Sen's government -- fled to Thailand more than four years ago.
Gillian Triggs, a senior official with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), said the move contravened the principle of non-refoulement, under which countries are banned from sending people back to places where their lives or freedom are in danger.
"We are extremely alarmed by this trend of forcibly returning refugees to Cambodia, where they face a serious risk of persecution," Triggs said in the statement, adding that the agency was worried about the fate of other UNHCR-registered refugees in Thailand.
Thavry Lanh's husband Radong Phin said he had grave fears for his wife's safety and wellbeing.
"She might be incarcerated for months or years. I'm also worried about her health because she has asthma and takes medicine," he told AFP, adding he had not been able to speak to her because her phone was confiscated.
AFP has contacted the Thai foreign ministry for comment.