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Voice of the Persecuted Open Letter on behalf of Pakistani Christian Asylum Seekers arrested in Thailand

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Letter to Thailand Prime Minister

March 12, 2015

General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand
The Secretariat of the Prime Minster
Government House, 1 Phitsanulock Road, Dusit, Bangkok 10300

Subject: Pakistani Christian asylum seekers registered with UNHCR arrested by Bangkok Police

His Excellency,

Honorable Prime Minister,

Respectfully, we at Voice of the Persecuted, a religious and human rights organization (USA) are contacting you on behalf of Pakistani Christian refugees who have faced extreme persecution having no other choice but to flee Pakistan to save their lives.

These persecuted Christians, including families with children have registered for asylum with the United Nations Human Rights Commission for Refugees at the UNHCR office in Bangkok. They have scheduled interviews and are waiting to be transferred to countries which will accept them as refugees and grant them asylum.

In direct communication with Pakistan Christian asylum seekers, we have been made aware that the Bangkok police have arrested more than 400 of these Christian immigrants, including their children. We are told they are being held in the Thailand Immigration Detention Centres (IDC). In your respected position, we appeal to you for their release and protection.

Many of these Christians are educated, hard-working and have a lot to offer society. Extreme religious discrimination and oppression, victimization by the Blasphemy Law, forced conversions and death threats have forced them to leave their beloved families and homeland to seek safety in foreign lands. They have experienced much hardship and are in dire need of your help.

We humbly ask you and the government of Thailand to grant asylum to these refugees, or the opportunity to seek asylum in the United States of America through the U.S Embassy. We ask that you ensure the police will refrain from making unnecessary arrests. In this dire situation, we beseech you to offer the refugees protection. Sending them back to Pakistan would most certainly put them in grave danger. All they ask for is to be given the opportunity to live in a nation where they can practice their religion freely, without fear or oppression and to live in peace. A human right that should be given to all mankind.

 

Thank you,

Lois Kanalos, Founder

VOP Advocacy Team

Voice of the Persecuted

 

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Letter to United States Embassy in Thailand

March 12, 2015

Embassy of the United States of America
Bangkok, Thailand
Chargé d’affaires, a.i.
W. Patrick Murphy
GPF Tower A, 10th Floor, 93/1 Wireless Road,
Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Telephone: +66-2-205-4485
Central Fax: +66-2-650-8921
IRC Fax: +66-2-650-8918; BKK CIS Fax: +66-2-650-7770

Subject: Pakistani Christian asylum seekers registered with UNHCR arrested by Bangkok Police

Chargé d’affaires, a.i., W. Patrick Murphy,

Respectfully, we at Voice of the Persecuted, are contacting you on behalf of Pakistani Christian refugees in Thailand. Many are in constant fear of detention and in grave danger of being deported back to Pakistan, a known violator of human rights. These Christians have fled Pakistan after facing extreme persecution, death threats and assassination attempts. They have applied for UNHCR refugee status and they are seeking asylum as refugees.

Our Advocates stay in direct communication with these Christian refugees and are familiar with the pressures they face during the asylum process in Thailand. We have also been made aware that the Bangkok police have arrested more than 400 of these Christian immigrants, including children. We are told they are being held in the Thailand Immigration Detention Centres (IDC). We join with other human rights groups and advocates to speak out for them, as it seems their cries have gone unheard.

Many of these Christians are educated, hard-working and have a lot to offer society. Extreme religious discrimination and oppression, victimization by the Blasphemy Law, forced conversions and death threats have forced them to leave their beloved families and homeland to seek safety in foreign lands. They have experienced much hardship and are in dire need of your help.

The Thailand government is not giving them asylum, nor has the Bangkok UNHCR office supported their applications to keep them safely in Thailand until they can be relocated to a host nation. We call on the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok to grant asylum to Pakistan Christian refugees and safe passage to the United States of America. The USA has always stood for human rights and freedom.  Let us prove how important this still is to us by helping these refugees, today. Any delays could put their lives in grave danger. All they ask for is to be given the opportunity to live in a nation where they can practice their religion freely, without fear or oppression and to live in peace. A human right that should be given to all mankind.

Sincerely,

Lois Kanalos, Founder

VOP Advocacy Team

Voice of the Persecuted

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Letter to UNHCR

March 12, 2015

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Case Postale 2500
CH-1211 Genève 2 Dépôt
Suisse.
Telephone: +41 22 739 8111
FAX: +41 22 739 7377

cc: UNHCR Regional Representative in Thailand
3rd Floor, United Nations Building, Rajdamnern Nok Avenue, 10200 Bangkok, Thailand
Telephone: 66 2 288 1858
FAX: 66 2 280 0555
Email: thaba@unhcr.org

Subject: Pakistani Christian asylum seekers registered with UNHCR arrested by Bangkok Police

UNHCR Headquarters and UNHCR Office in Thailand,

Respectfully, we at Voice of the Persecuted, are contacting you on behalf of Pakistani Christian refugees in Thailand. Many are in constant fear of detention and in grave danger of being deported back to Pakistan, a known violator of human rights. These Christians have fled Pakistan after facing extreme persecution, death threats and assassination attempts. They have applied for UNHCR refugee status and they are seeking asylum as refugees.

Our Advocates stay in direct communication with these Christian refugees and are familiar with the pressures they’re facing during the asylum process in Thailand. We have been made aware that the Bangkok police have arrested more than 400 of these Christian immigrants, including children. We are told they are being held in the Thailand Immigration Detention Centres (IDC). We join with other human rights groups and advocates to speak out for them, as it seems their cries have gone unheard. They have experienced much hardship and urgently need your help.

We call for you to take immediate action to protect the human rights, dignity, and security of these refugees. Forced to leave their beloved families and homeland to seek safety in foreign countries, they are relying on your commitment of universal human rights. Rights that the United Nations has declared as standard for all nations of the world.

We ask that you do more to establish a working relationship with the Thailand government with agreements in place to protect persecuted Christian refugees, as they are waiting for asylum status from your office.

In this crisis situation, please act immediately to support these Christian refugees in Thailand. Men, women and children who are only seeking for the opportunity to live in a nation where they can practice their religion freely, without fear or oppression and to live their lives in peace. A human right that should be given to all mankind.

We also ask that you provide interviews to Pakistani Christians nearer to their arrival in the country. Waiting a year or longer for an interview, after the six month wait for paperwork is unbearably long. They live in fear with a real threat of being deported back to Pakistan. They are legally unable to work without documentation and are barely able to survive. They appreciate and are grateful for the chance to be rescued from the terrorizing abuse they faced in Pakistan. But please consider their current plight to survive, now that they have come this far.

Our organization respects the work of the UNHCR to protect and aid persecuted Christian refugees, globally. And hope to partner with you in the future to ensure that their basic needs are met.

Sincerely,

Lois Kanalos, Founder

VOP Advocacy Team

Voice of the Persecuted

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5 Comments

  1. P.S. There’s also a newly appointed ambassador for religious freedom apointed by Pres. Obama. Perhaps you could write him also. I believe he’s Jewish?

  2. Sue owen says:

    Thanks so much for all the good work you are doing in getting this story to the attention of the public. I had no idea about the Pakistan Christians plight. I will endeavour to bring this to the attention of my local church and also to my brothers church in Somerset. Let me know how I can help. I have no money but I do have a heart for these people. I pray that the letters you have sent will bear real fruit. God bless you richly x

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