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Persecuted Christians in Thailand being denied asylum

Pakistani Christian asylum seekers brought to court caged in police van in Dec. 2015

(Voice of the Persecuted) The early church faced much persecution but continued to thrive; today, the persecution exists at an even greater scale.

Matthew 5:11 states, “Blessed are those that are persecuted.”

Many Pakistani Christians who’ve fled to Thailand are very familiar with ongoing aggressions against them. They’re stuck in a limbo after being sucked in a whirlpool of discrimination, persecution and incarceration, all due to their faith in Christ Jesus.

Thousands of persecuted Pakistani Christian brothers and sisters in Thailand sought refuge in UNHCR Thailand. After years of waiting and suffering the brutal incarceration in the Immigration Detention Centre, many of them have been rejected by the UNHCR, with very little chance of getting refugee status through appeals.

Two of our families, that have been part of the Voice of the Persecuted relief project in Thailand, were recently rejected by the UNHCR. Many of you may remember John, a little boy who was brought to us malnourished and very sick. His family has been rejected based on what the UNHCR considers insufficient information to explain the level of threat they would have faced if they had stayed in Pakistan. John’s family maintains their stance of death upon return and have appealed against the decision of UNHCR with hopes of getting a positive result.

Jackson’s family was rejected in the beginning of June. They, like others who’ve been denied asylum, were given 30 days for appeal. The young father is on bail from the IDC and is worried that his appeal would be instantly cancelled and he would have to return to the IDC, estranged from his wife and 1-year old son. Jackson has made a very hard choice to go back to Pakistan as the UNHCR promised to give him airfare and $100 each if they decide to be repatriated. However, this offer would be void if Jackson appeals against the UNHCR decision.

Sadly, the majority of Christian asylum seekers have had little or no luck with their appeals. Majority of them have been rejected and their files have been closed, their UNHCR cards taken away and they are left hopeless to survive on their own in a ruthless country.

Before mid-2015, many Christians were freed on a bail bond of $1400 each, on reason for their registration with UNHCR and further conditions were added including ineligibility to work and reporting to the prison every 15 days. After the UNHCR started rejecting cases, for many it meant that their bails would be cancelled and they are required to return inside the IDC with their children and elders.

Many are opting to go back to Pakistan and risk their lives in a desperate effort to survive. In April, a woman named Asia Johnson sadly went back to Pakistan. Voice of the Persecuted had been able to pay her overstay fine in December 2015 and subsequently she was bailed with the help of another charity. Her appeal was refused and her cards were taken away, as a result, her bail was cancelled. She was given an ultimatum to return to the IDC with her 2 young daughters, the youngest being 6 years old. She described the IDC as hell and decided to move back to Pakistan. She has moved to another part of Pakistan in hopes of hiding from her persecutors. Since, she has been untraceable to us. We pray for her protection and safety as she could potentially face threats due to her faith in Christ. This is the story of hundreds of Pakistani Christians who have been re-persecuted by the UNHCR and are left with no choice than to go back to face persecution for their faith in Christ.

Please continue to keep our aid missions in your prayers. We have been trying to increase our mission in Thailand but are unable to do that without help. We have been sustaining support for Jacksonn’s and for John’s family as they fight for their claim to be approved, but we have been struggling to maintain ongoing funds for our families. Please pray for them. Continue to support our mission through your prayers.

God bless the persecuted church.

1 John 4:19 states, “We love because He first loved us.” Let us continue to share our love bestowed upon us through our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.
God bless us all.

By our Asian correspondent

Join us during our 12-hour prayer conference call, today. We are expecting to speak with and pray with a Pakistani brother between

Time of the Call:

9 a.m.- 9 p.m. Eastern time

8 a.m.-8 p.m.  Central time

7 a.m.-7 p.m.  Mountain time

6 a.m.-6 p.m. Pacific time

Call number: 712.775.7035
Access code: 281207#

Please pray for persecuted Christian families suffering in Thailand. Pray the Thai government will soften their hearts towards them. And pray the UNHCR will find a way to speed up and fairly investigate the unbearably long process of their asylum cases.

VOP is on the ground in Thailand. Together with your generous help, we can reach the goal to alleviate horrific suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.

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Every day, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and to further His Kingdom! As you greatly bless others, may God continue to bless you. Thank you so much for your support. We couldn’t do it without you!
You may also send your gift to:

2740 Third St
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The U.S. and U.N. Have Abandoned Christian Refugees

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“The U.N.’s next secretary-general, António Guterres, says that persecuted Christians shouldn’t be resettled in the West.”
“the Obama administration’s expanded refugee program for Syria depends on refugee referrals from the UNHCR. Yet Syria’s genocide survivors have been consistently underrepresented.”

By Nina Shea (WSJ) — Six months ago, Secretary of State John Kerry officially designated Islamic State as “responsible for genocide” against Christians, Yazidis and other vulnerable groups in areas under ISIS control in Syria and Iraq. So why has the Obama administration entrusted the survival of these people—and so much valuable American aid—to a troubled office at the United Nations, which, like its parent organization, has never even acknowledged that the genocide exists?

The State Department says it is helping religious minorities who have fled, along with millions of other displaced Syrians and Iraqis, primarily through the U.N. America has sent over half of $5.6 billion in humanitarian aid earmarked for Syrians since 2012 to the U.N.

Yet the U.N.’s lead agency for aiding refugees, the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), marginalizes Christians and others targeted by ISIS for eradication in two critical programs: refugee housing in the region and Syrian refugee-resettlement abroad.  Voice of the Persecuted recommends that you continue reading here. Afterward, please contact your elected officials asking them to quickly bring to a vote the bipartisan H.R.5961 – Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2016, introduced Sept. 8 by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) and Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE). Please share this story and encourage many to action and PRAYER.

We’ve seen rising discrimination against Christian refugees and asylum seekers in UNHCR offices, even outside of the Middle East. Please keep them in your prayers and ACT, today. Be their VOICE!

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Together with your generous help, we can reach the goal to alleviate horrific suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Every day, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and to further His Kingdom! As you greatly bless others, may God continue to bless you. Thank you so much for your support. We couldn’t do it without you!
You may also send your gift to:

2740 Third St
P.O. Box 122
Trenton, MI. 48183

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An Open Letter To Congress On An Urgent Plea For Help

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There are many urgent problems plaguing America today.  But the most urgent is the plight of Christians across the Middle East and Africa.

Christian genocide has been declared, yet America refuses to admit Christians who are persecuted.  If we could save one life, why aren’t we?

We want to zero in on Pakistan for a moment.  Pakistan receives top aide from our government.  Our government recognizes Christians are singled out, targeted and persecuted.  In Pakistan Christians are considered unclean, even non-Christians trying to come against laws like the blasphemy are assassinated or exiled.  Pakistan is not following its own constitution, and yet the UNHCR refuses to investigate.

This is from the US report on International Religious freedom (2015):

According to news reports, on February 20, a judge dismissed the fourth bail petition of Liaquat Ali, who was accused of blasphemy in 2013. Ali and Ali’s religious instructor were accused of blasphemy for allegedly incorrectly reciting the Islamic testimony of faith. Ali said the accusation was a personal grudge related to a property dispute.

On March 28, a court sentenced Sawan Masih to death for blasphemy in an incident that had triggered a riot in Lahore. The court convicted Masih, a Christian, of committing blasphemy in a conversation with a Muslim friend in 2013. A mob of more than 3,000 persons burned some 100 Christian homes in Lahore’s Joseph Colony after the allegations against Masih emerged. Masih filed an appeal in the Lahore High Court, stating the charges were false and aimed at evicting Christians from the area.

On April 3, a trial court in Toba Tek Singh, Punjab, handed a death sentence to Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar, a Christian couple accused of texting blasphemous messages to local Muslims in Gojra, Punjab. Police first registered the case in June 2013.

On July 11, Islamabad’s Anti-terrorism Court ordered the continued detention of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants Hammad Adil and Muhammad Tanveer. The men allegedly confessed, after their arrests in August 2013, to the 2011 assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, the former federal minister of minority affairs and an outspoken critic of the blasphemy laws. Adil and Tanveer were the main suspects accused in the murder. Their trial was ongoing at year’s end.

On October 16, the Lahore High Court upheld the death sentence of Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman on death row since 2010, when a district court found her guilty of making derogatory remarks about Prophet Mohammed during an argument. On November 24, her lawyers submitted an appeal to the Supreme Court.

And that’s only a few instances.  A Christian couple burned alive because mob mentality knows no fear of prosecution.  The brick kiln owners are government sanctioned slave owners.  The Ahmadi Muslims are given priority because the government does not recognize their Muslim beliefs, but the UNHCR refuses to acknowledge that Christians in Pakistan are persecuted.

Case in point:  A Pakistani who fled to Thailand to avoid death waited 3 years for his interview for asylum with the UNHCR. Postponement after postponement dashed his hope of ever living a normal life or providing for his wife.  Finally last month he received his interview only to be denied.  He was told Christians in Pakistan are safe and he could return.  Even with clear cut evidence of the opposite.  This man was a Christian photographer and worked as a television host in Pakistan  with multiple medias, he led a profitable life until he came under attack and attempted assasination.  He is not the exception, but part of a growing problem plaguing Christians in Pakistan.  Christian women have to hide under the Hijab to go in public for fear of being recognized.  Many are beaten and raped.

The UN Humans Rights Council must be held accountable for clear discrimination against Christians.

Again this is URGENT, as many face deportation in foreign lands such as Thailand and Malaysia.  It’s true that Thailand is not a signatory of  the Human rights 1951 convention.  But the UNHCR is there, why won’t they help them??  It’s time to bring Human Rights recognition into the 21st century.  Hold them accountable!

Contact us for details and documentation from persecuted Christians discriminated against by the UNHCR.  Please this is urgent.  Anything you can do would be a great help.  The man who was denied asylum needs immediate intervention.  Then international laws need to be revised, or at least committees formed to investigate the practices of the UNHCR in regards to Christian refugees.  Please we are their only voice. Yours may be the one that makes the difference to end their suffering. Won’t you join in the efforts of the UK to highlight this abuse?  These people need you.

Sincerely,

The team at Voice of the Persecuted

Contact us at info@voiceofthepersecuted.org

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UNHCR Fails To Honor Appointments For Asylum Seekers Interviews In Thailand & Malaysia

Photo: Voice of the Persecuted

Photo: Voice of the Persecuted

(Voice of the Persecuted) Yesterday morning, we received messages of blessings and love from a persecuted brother who is in great suffering. As persecution and fear increases, the faith of these precious ones remains strong through hard trials and heartbreak.

We’ve been praying for all the Christian Asylum seekers in Thailand and Malaysia, but for one in particular as their interview date with the UNHCR came close.  But then, we received a heartbreaking message from our brother.  His family’s interview date had been postponed yet again.

“I am heartbroken as my appointment is set for 2017.”  Each time their interviews come up they are postponed for yet another year.  Not another week, another day, another month.  But another year.

It is a common practice of the UNHCR in Thailand to postpone appointment after appointment sealing the fate of these dear brethren. For another year, they must suffer their fate, FEAR! No way to legally provide for even basic necessities for survival. Forced into hiding and situations of darkness. Forced to watch their children lack for food and medicine, they can not even play outside. Disease runs rampant and the stress of probable arrest brings physical health issues such as hypertension.  They follow the impossible rules set by the UN, but they are lost in the cracks of a broken system.  A system overwhelmed that has failed them. Dreams of a free life, dreams of education, dreams of moving freely among society seem so far away.  Shattered dreams, and yet their faith is so strong.  Would, could your faith remain as strong?

Holding on to Hope through the storm, their faith increases. Media outlets have begun to wake up to their plight, but their reports, as ours go unheeded and barely read.  The UNHCR responded recently to an email that we sent explaining they couldn’t help as Thailand is not a signatory to the UNHCR refugee program. Malaysia is also not a party to the 1951 Refugee Convention. Christian asylum seekers suffer there too. It’s acceptable!  The UN needs to stop ignoring and rewarding countries abusing human rights.  Speak out for them. Specifically now, with the refugee crises. Hold our lawmakers accountable, ask them to intervene in anyway they can.  Ask them to call for a UN Security council meeting pertaining to these countries who persecute the persecuted.  Do Something.  We have an opportunity now like never before, since after our lawmakers have acknowledged Christian Genocide.  Hold them accountable for Persecution.

A Canadian church has agreed to sponsor this family who’ve had their asylum interview postponed. It is extremely expensive to sponsor asylum seekers. The total for this family is $50,400 CAD. Sounds high? The fees are higher in the USA!

Voice of the Persecuted is very familiar with this family. They suffered persecution in their homeland, Pakistan. They came to Thailand to save their lives. But while they have waited, they have worked very hard to help care for their brothers and sisters suffering alongside them. They are committed to this work and with the help of the Canadian church will continue even after they are resettled. Knowing their background, Voice of the Persecuted can confirm their intentions. Unfortunately, the church was only able to raise a portion of the funds. Others have generously donated to help this family, but still short 10,000 CAD ($7500.00 USD) required by the government to proceed. If you would like to help this faithful family gain freedom and to continue to the work to save other Pakistani families please contact us, they are so close!  Come on Church, let’s make this happen. Shine the love of Christ!

Contact us at info@voiceofthepersecuted.org or by mail:

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Please include a note designating your gift for this family.

Everyday, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and further His Kingdom! As you greatly bless others, may God continue to bless you. Thank you so much for your support. We couldn’t do it without you!

 

Cotton Introduces Religious Persecution Relief Act to Protect Syrian Religious Minorities

Senator Tom Cotton

Senator Tom Cotton

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353

March 17, 2016 Washington, D.C.- Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today introduced the Religious Persecution Relief Act, legislation that would grant religious minorities fleeing persecution at the hands of ISIS and other groups in Syria priority status so they can apply directly to the U.S. resettlement program. The bill will also set aside 10,000 resettlement slots annually that must be devoted to Syrian religious minorities. Overall, the bill will allow Syrian religious minorities, who fear registration with the U.N. refugee agency, to circumvent the U.N. process and it will fast-track the U.S. review process that confirms they are victims of genocide and persecution.

“The Islamic State is seeking to eradicate Christians, Yazidis, Turkmen, Sabean-Mandeans, Jews, and other religious groups it sees as apostates and infidels. The United States cannot stand idly by and allow this persecution to continue. We must not only recognize what’s happening as genocide, but also take action to relieve it,” said Senator Cotton. “This bill will help save ancient faiths from genocide by allowing the United States to identify persecuted people to whom we can grant safe haven. And it will maintain the same security vetting process experienced by all other refugee applicants ensuring that the safety of the American people is protected.”

Earlier today, Senator Cotton spoke about the persecution of religious minorities in Syria and Iraq as well as this legislation on the Senate floor. A transcript of his remarks can be found here and the video of his remarks below.

 

A fact sheet on the Religious Persecution Relief Act can be found here.

Background: Since 2011, UNHCR has referred approximately 20,000 Syrian resettlement applications to the United States, and 2,147 of those referred have been resettled. 18,000 applications await review. The U.S. relies almost exclusively on UNHCR referrals for all resettlement applications from Syrian refugees, yet they remain underrepresented in the UNHCR registration system. This bill would attempt to mitigate that problem by extending priority refugee status already offered to other religious and ethnic groups under the Lautenberg Amendment / Specter Amendment / Kennedy bill to Syrian religious minorities. This would prioritize them in the U.S. resettlement review process. The 1989 Lautenberg Amendment created a refugee category for certain Soviet and Indochinese nationals that would be entitled to priority status-known as “P-2 status”-in the U.S. resettlement program and was extended by Senators Spector and Kennedy to apply to other minorities. This bill would also add 10,000 resettlement spots per fiscal year that are dedicated to Syrian religious minorities, and require this for five years. The total resettlement target number is 50,000.

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VIDEO: Thailand’s Asylum Crackdown

Pakistani child living in slum conditions (BBC video)

Pakistani child living in slum conditions (BBC video)

(Voice of the Persecuted) BBC Journalist, Chris Rogers went undercover in Thailand to expose how the country treats its asylum seekers. Pakistani Christians fleeing extremist violence are among the second largest group of asylum seekers in Thailand. Many are routinely rounded up and sent indefinitely to immigration detention centres or locked up in jails. Their crime: to be seeking asylum, in a country which does not recognise refugees. The video is an eyewitness account of only a portion of the suffering our brothers and sisters face in Thailand while seeking safety from extreme persecution in Pakistan. We highly recommend that you view the video by opening this link and typing the password: Pakistan

Pakistani Christian asylum seekers at risk of arrest

Pakistani Christian asylum seekers at risk of arrest

Voice of the Persecuted is on the ground offering compassion, food, shelter and medical needs. We are also caring for one of the families in the video interview. Please consider partnering with us so that we can continue to help these brothers and sisters and their children survive. The need is great and they truly need our help. If you or your church group would like to sponsor a family, please contact us at info@voiceofthepersecuted.org for more information. If we are the Body, let’s do this!

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 

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Let us not forget them, nor think as the world, ‘someone else will step up to help’. Let us not regret the loss of even one of these ‘family members’ when there is surely a way to share and provide. But any help you can give is appreciated more than you could ever know.

L Kanalos, VOP Founder

Together with your generous help, we can reach the goal to alleviate horrific suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Every day, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and further His Kingdom! As you greatly bless others, may God continue to bless you. Thank you so much for your support.

We couldn’t do it without you!

You may also send your gift to:

2740 Third St
P.O. Box 122
Trenton, MI. 48183

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Don’t Worry What You Will Say, I Will Speak For You

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Happy and relieved to be getting released. 

(Voice of the Persecuted) Pray for me! Remember to pray for me. That’s what we hear most. The next most spoken word from refugees or asylum seekers is “I am not a beggar.”  I have heard so many stories from so many who are suffering, my heart has been permanently scarred, overflowing with love, sadness, and heartache.  There is so much suffering in the world, that it’s hard to concentrate on one issue…at least for most.  But we focus on the many from Nigeria, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Egypt, Iraq, Syria and Thailand. Agonizing over who we can help with aid such as food, medicine and a roof over their heads.

Last night, while doing the laundry, I was looking over some of our clothes that were beginning to show wear. I thought, “That will soon need to be replaced.”  Then it hit like a ton of bricks, “What if I were in the shoes of refugees and asylum seekers not knowing where my next meal was coming from.  I began thanking God for my blessings and repented.  I suddenly had a clear vision into what these dear brethren were facing.  When their children cry from sickness or hunger not knowing how they will be able to feed them.  My God how we have failed. To believe the world sees them are beggars as their dignity slips away, as a whole, we have failed to care for those forced into suffering.

With God, in much prayer and meditation, I asked one question, why? “Why would you bring this to me if I am unable to help?”  I also asked, “why doesn’t someone do something?”  Than I realized that someone was me. I realized that we would be the ones to go and speak for them.  God was giving us that mission.

With your help, we were able to care for 3 more families in Thailand, this month.  We were also able to cover overstay fees to keep newly arrested asylum seekers from going to the Central Jail. We are so very grateful for your help.  At times we worry like everyone else…will we be able to help next month?  But God tells us, He would not give us a mission that He won’t equip us for.

Peter doubted Jesus when he set out on the water to walk to Him, as soon as he doubted he began to sink.  Jesus reached down saying, “oh ye of little Faith” and pulled Peter to safety. Thomas didn’t believe it when he was told Jesus had been resurrected. Thomas said unless he saw the nail marks in his hands and put his finger where the nails were, and his hand into his side, he would not believe. Well he got that chance. Jesus told Thomas, “Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.” Thomas answered and said, “My Lord and my God.” Jesus told him, “Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”

“Believe and do not doubt.”

So we have learned to trust and obey God.  We have seen Him work miracle after miracle advancing us to care for those suffering in His name.  So, when the Holy Spirit moves us to go and speak, that is what we will do. Voice of the Persecuted belongs to God. It’s His mission not ours. We know that He will provide and bring the words to be spoken.

Something must be done. Everyday that goes by is a day their children can’t be schooled, play outside, or have any form of normal life.  Everyday is a day that they worry how they will help their family to survive.  Each day that goes by is a day lost forever.  Many are skilled workers, teachers, journalists, tradesmen, and even medical personnel.  Yet, they’ve been forced to pauper status, locked away in a room  that leaves much to be desired.

Will you be a part of God’s mission?  Will you be a part of this journey to help our brethren?

There are two ways to help.  You can donate to their care, or write letters that we will hand deliver to the suffering and let them know you are standing united with them in prayer. Your prayers, heartfelt words and encouragement means the world to them.

They are so fearful the world thinks of them as beggars, they are not. If the Lord is laying this on your heart, please help.

Together with your generous support, we can reach the goal to alleviate horrific suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Everyday, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and further His Kingdom! As you greatly bless others, may God continue to bless you. Thank you so much for your support. We couldn’t do it without you!

You may also mail your gift to:

2740 Third St
P.O. Box 122
Trenton, MI. 48183

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Migrant Crises Envelopes The West But Thailand Cracking Down With Arrests

Facebook photo ( Peter Bronsveld's)

Facebook photo ( Peter Bronsveld’s)

(Voice of the Persecuted) Many of us are witnessing a Christian genocide that we never believed would be in our lifetime. The world is in chaos like we never thought we would see again. But in the present, it’s nearly impossible to ignore it.

The refugee crisis in Europe, Iraq, Syria, & Nigeria has grown to proportions that the world has not seen since World War 2. Western leaders are finding that they cannot adapt to the number of migrants coming into their countries.

However, the government of Thailand has announced new plans of an even more rigorous crackdown on those who have overstayed their visas. This recent development has all Christian asylum seekers on edge, tense over what comes next.  It’s  heartbreaking news for many Western Christians who grieve with them and are extremely concerned for these brothers and sisters in Christ.

A large number of Pakistani Christians are seeking asylum in Thailand. The UNHCR is basically ineffective as far as Thailand is concerned. The Thai government has blatantly disregarded Pakistani Christians and their plight. They fled persecution and death threats in Pakistan only to be met with more heartache and darkness. It’s hard to understand why the UN is silent about the Thai government’s treatment of UNHCR documented asylum seekers.

It had been announced that the 1st through the 10th of every month, raids will take place where know asylum seekers dwell and they will be arrested. A few days ago, the government of Thailand announced new and tougher overstay penalties. view them here

The Christian asylum seekers have visas that expire due to the painfully long wait periods to be interviewed, then another long wait for status approval. The UNHCR often postpones interview dates for one to three years, even though they already had waited 15 months for the original interview. The UNHCR certificates verifying they’re asylum seeker status is not recognized by the Thai government. With plans for the new crackdown, we’re left wondering how safe they will stay and why arrangements can’t be made by the UNHCR for their protection.

Scared, afraid to leave their meager dwellings, unable to legally get a permit to work and provide for their families. Their children cry from the pain of hunger. Many are sick or have ongoing health problems. They need medical attention, but simply can’t afford it.  Still, the world and the UN is silent.

The United States is well aware of the human rights abuses in Pakistan and Thailand. Britain has merely stated that Pakistani Christians face severe discrimination as opposed to persecution, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Many are praying for change as the U.K. is holding hearings to re-evaluate their existing policy. ‘Special Status’ should be afforded to Pakistani Christians as is by the governments of Canada and Holland.

What is darker still, instead of welcoming persecuted Christians, Thailand re-persecutes them.  The country has a less than stellar human rights record, steeped in human trafficking, sex slavery, and corruption which reaches all the way up to the government level.  But when the world is broken and refugees seek safe havens in Europe and across the world, what Thailand offers is a grave abuse.  Again, the world remains Silent! Again, strong leadership hidden under the desk, refusing to demand the UNHCR do it’s job to defend asylum seekers who hold their issued documents in hand.

Recently, the UNHCR has revised their figure on the number of Pakistani Christians in Thailand from 4,600 to 11,900: a figure so large that it clearly illustrates a far more serious concern than previously accepted by the West. Where should the blame lie? Finger always point to another…

It was said once that the world has failed humanity miserably…at this moment, our ‘modern’ world is proving that correct.

The suffering these precious Christians are enduring in Thailand is heartbreaking. We know, we’re in contact with them everyday. We pray with them, we cry with them, we rejoice and thank God for every blessing with them. When will the world take notice enough to care?   One small voice resounds in a world of silence…let us not be silent.

Pray for them to withstand and endure the suffering. Pray they will receive relief. Halfway across the world, may our brothers and sisters feel our prayers and God’s comforting presence giving them rest. Father, may you be glorified in this present storm in Thailand and around the world.

Together with your generous support, we can reach the goal to alleviate horrific suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Everyday, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and further His Kingdom! As you greatly bless others, may God continue to bless you. Thank you so much for your support. We couldn’t do it without you!

You may also mail your gift to:

2740 Third St
P.O. Box 122
Trenton, MI. 48183

Article may be shared or reprinted with credit/link to Voice of the Persecuted

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