The military and palace are responsible for decades of atrocities and mistreatment of people seeking asylum, and the UNHCR lacks the courage to challenge them
The Land of Smiles is going backwards at the speed of light to becoming a failed state. In the early 90s it was a glowing example of 'relative' democracy and press freedom etc. Burma, Indonesia and Philippines were seen as joke countries. As for Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam they did not merit a mention.
I lived in Thailand for 25+ years. The last 4 years my Thai wife and I have lived in China. We both agree that there is more freedom of speech in China than there is in Thailand. But three cheers and three fingers to the youth groups that we and our daughter, now living in NZ, support. The Thai people deserve far better than the assorted regimes that have treated them so callously and also the refugees from surrounding countries with such disdain.
Personally, I don’t know much details about the Refugees problems in thailand but mostly agreed with you that the thai regime they are never see Ethnic Karen refugees as a human being and awfully treated them lower any humanity standard..Even when Mr.Taksin Shinawatra was the Government leader, I have to say that being a Foreign Refugee in Thailand is most pathetic and misery status a human being can imagine in this world...😿❤️🌎👍
Yes, Mr.Andrew MacGregor Marshall, Thank you very much for your tireless efforts to make an insightful article like this one krub..😿❤️🌎👍
I was working in a Hmong refugee camp (Ban Vinai) in 1985-87 and all this is very shocking but matches what I saw and heard about over that period of time. One detail I can add it that there was alot of jealousy about the refugees at the camp, and they were NOT in the news. The foreign volunteers repeatedly had the experience of Thai who lived more than like an hour away from the camp asking us where we worked and they would be shocked to learn there were these huge refugee camps in their midst. Thank you for gathering and organizing all this information on such an important topic. One detail that I think is important is that both Ko Tee and Wanchalearm Satsaksit's last reported words were "I can't breathe." Not a coincidence in that they were both attacked by hit squads sent by the palace.