(Voice of the Persecuted) Hopeless is what the Christians in Thailand are feeling tonight. Instead of resting comfortably in their living room, they are hiding, and fearful and feel hopeless. Their children will be subjected to conditions not meant for hardened, or seasoned criminals. One description of the detention center for imigrants in Thailand say’s that there was 100 people in a cell built for 20. One toilet, and it got so bad they had to drill a hole in the side to allow it to escape. There was so little room that they had to sleep sitting up. One mother describes fights that broke out and trying to hide her children in a corner so they wouldn’t be hurt. They separate the women from the men, breaking and separating families, some never to be seen again.
The fear in the voices of Christians in Thailand who have fled Persecution in Pakistan is poignant and tragic. Piercing the very soul. I have shed so many tears, in anguish for these dear brethren. So many children have also been taken with their families. And now we have been told that they are threatening to send them back to Pakistan. So many have gone into hiding, not knowing what the next minute will bring. Not knowing if they will survive till morning, or survive the day.
I hear phrases like “we are dead.” Or “hopeless.” I hear and feel the desperation in their voice, and their souls. Not knowing if I will ever hear from them again, is almost too much to bear. The helplessness, and hopelessness that they and others feel is real, it’s very real. Our hope is in the Lord. I pray with them, encourage them, and pray some more. They are always at the forefront of my mind.
We were informed of the tragedy befalling the Christians in Thailand, they fled a land where death was imminent from Blasphemy, and forced conversions. A land where it is not uncommon for Christians to be burned to death, whole villages destroyed, or arrested merely for believing in Christ (blasphemy). They fled to a country that they thought would be safe until the UNHCR would help them. That help is not coming. Interviews are put off, or not held. There is no safety for assylum seekers in Thailand.
Now we have verified that law enforcement personnel in Thailand have leaked that the latest arrests of Christians would be sent back to Pakistan. A death sentence for most. At the least a prison sentence, with a death sentence to follow. Pakistan recently lifted the moratorium on their death penalty. Letters have been written, and pleas made. But so far have fallen on deaf ears. The MSM won’t cover this. I have contacted many pleading for coverage to raise awareness, and nothing. And if you take away the persecution of Christians that this is encompassing you are still left with an international violation of the law. Arresting children in any land is a clear violation. Children have protected rights or at least they are suppose to. Yet these precious children are not protected.
- International criminal law is a body of international law designed to prohibit certain categories of conduct commonly viewed as serious atrocities and to make perpetrators of such conduct criminally accountable for their perpetration. Principally, it deals with genocide,war crimes, crimes against humanity, as well as the crime of aggression.
- The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child(commonly abbreviated as theCRC,CROC, or UNCRC) is a human rights treaty which sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children.
- Currently, 194 countries are party to it, including every member of the United Nations except Somalia, South Sudan and the United States.
Just in one day alone we were told that children that ranged in age from 6 months to 12 years old, more than 44 children were taken into police custody. And yet the International Community has yet to even call an emergency meeting to address this. No condemnation, no calls for cease and desist, no aid nothing. Nothing but silence. It’s hard to pin down exact numbers but it is in the hundreds by now. CBN reports that it is 400. We are attempting to verify these numbers. It’s hard to reach contacts as they are arrested or in hiding. So again we ask the question, “If Not For The Children When?”
If you feel so inclined one Christian suggested we call the UNHCR in Geneva to ask for intervention at least for the Children. Here is their number: +41 22 739 81 11
And they also asked if we could call the UNHCR in Thailand, and ask them to at least grant these families assylum to relocate to other countries. Here is the number: 0066 2 665 2523
By C. Refsland
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