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Syrians, Palestinians in Thailand at deportation risk

Syrian Refugees | 2018-10-27 17:15:00
Syrians, Palestinians in Thailand at deportation risk
(Zaman Al Wasl)- Syrian and Palestinian refugees live in Thailand have appealed to international human rights organizations to escape them from deportation to Syria as the Thai authorities issued a law imposing strict measures on those with no residence papers.

Families who have been threatened with deportation have entered Thailand illegally over the past years. 

Despite the law is not directed to people who fled the Syria's brutal war but they are considered as the big victim of the law. 

The Palestinian Camps Network and activists have launched campaign on social media in support of Palestinian and Syrian refugees held in Thai prisons, who have recently been living in harsh living conditions after authorities in Thailand have refused to renew the residency of dozens of them.

Syrian migrants called on the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to abide by its responsibilities towards them, saying that the "humanitarian and moral duty" required this international institution to provide assistance and attention.

They also called on the Thai authorities to observe standards and standards for the treatment of refugees, even if they were not signatories to all relevant conventions, and stressed the need for the Palestinian Authority to intervene to alleviate their suffering.

Activist Fatima Jaber said refugees in Thailand had been in a panic for the first time in four years because of security tightening. "My family was forced to flee from the house, leaving our belongings to survive arrest," she added.

The number of Palestinian and Syrian refugees in Thailand is estimated at hundreds of people living in extremely poor conditions. Moreover, the Thai authorities do not recognize them as refugees because Thailand is not a signatory to refugee agreements and is not allowed to work or enroll their children in school.

Some families spent days in the malls and slept on the roads since the law is forbidding the rental of any foreigner without residence or visa.

Most of Syrian refugees live in Thailand in poor conditions without being granting any rights normally granted to refugees.

Zaman Al Wasl
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