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Deteriorating health of detained Pak-Christian asylum seeker in Bangkok creates international concern

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Alarmed by the rapidly deteriorating health of a asylum detainee in Thailand's notorious Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) in Bangkok, American and British charities are collaborating to ensure the release of the innocent victim.

 
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British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) and Responsible for Equality And Liberty (REAL) this morning received a communication from the beleaguered  Pakistan Christian refugee community in Thailand, naming Noshad Young a seriously ill detainees in the Bangkok Immigration Detention Center, who needs urgent hospital treatment. 

 
Our contacts in the refugee community state that Mr. Noshad Young is seeking medical treatment. They are reporting that Noshad Young is a heart patient, whose health has been deteriorating over the past month. They are reporting that he has been unable to eat for days, has blisters in his mouth, and is suffering from continuous anal discharge. His family tells the refugee community that his health is in serious jeopardy at this time.

Our sources in the refugee community state that Mr. Young was taken into custody two and a half months ago, when he went to the immigration detention center to see his son. The reports state that he was taken into custody and his bail was cancelled without notification.

Zahid Younas an asylum seeker spoke with the BPCA, he said:

Noshad Young (52 years) is one of the many Christians who fled the persecuted the faced in Pakistan because of adherrance to the Christian faith. He arrived in Thailand in 2013 along with his family and applied for asylum through a legal process in any other country.  However, as Thailand refuses to sign UN conventions for asylum his official status with the Royal Thai Government is 'visa overstayer' despite having registered under the UNHCR process and having official documents. With no access to employment, healthcare, education or any other statutory provision - life is harsh for asylum seekers.  However, when arrested and incarcerated in the brutal IDC, 'harsh' takes on a more sinister meaning.  Detainees in the IDC suffer malnutrition, serious hygiene issues, spread of infections, bullying and harassment, loss of freedom and 200 are cramped into rooms that can fit only 100 inmates - meaning detainees are forced to sleep crouching, over one another or in many cases standing up.

Sadly for Noshad he and his eldest son were arrested by immigration authorities in 2015, whilst being extorted, working illegally for a pittance just to survive. 

However he was freed on bail after his bail fees of 50,000 baht (£1000) was paid, however his son was left detained in immigration as only the frail, and women with children detained with them were being released.

Concerned about his son the father visited the IDC as often as he could.  Safe in the knowledge that the bail fee he had paid, provided a two year protection from re-arrest - or so he thought.  Until that is, two and a half months ago the Royal Thai authorities reneged on their committment and arrested him, even though he had not violated any conditions of his bail.

Today his son who is detained in the IDC and his family have been informed about Noshad´s deteriorating health. His son believes Noshad is on the verge of death if he is not transferred immediately to hospital. Noshad has allegedly not eaten any food for the last 3 to 4 days, he is feeling extremely week and suffering from diarrhea.

Noshad's 68 year old mother, his wife and three children are extremely worried about his health, as he has a serious heart condition. His close friend and also an asylum seeker Zahid Younas, spoke with the BPCA, he said:

"For the last month Noshad's health  has reached a very critical stage. He is eating extremely small amounts, has blisters in his mouth, is suffering from constipation and has described severe pains in the region of his heart.  The whole Pakistani Christian asylum seeker is concerned for his health and we are praying for his release and receipt of medical attention."

British Pakistani Christian Association and REAL have launched a petition.  They are calling for protection of Noshad by the UNHCR and adherence to the many UN conventions that the Royal Thai Government (RTG) are party to. The UN Declaration for Human Rights provides protection to asylum seekers and the RTG have also ratified conventions against cruelty and torture.

Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, said:

"In last 3 years 15 Pakistani Christians have lost their lives in Bangkok, the majority of them whilst in captivity in the countries notorious Immigration Detention Centre.  I traveled with Chris Rogers of the BBC and helped him expose the brutal treatment of Pakistani Christian asylum seekers who make up the largest proportion of illegal 'visa overstayers' in Thailand.  Sadly despite revealing the re-persecution faced by an estimated 7000 Pak-Christians to the world, both the Thai authorities and UNHCR continue to ignore their plight. More deaths will ensue unless the existing insouciance is removed." 

View BBC Documentary (click here)

Both groups are urging people in the west to contact the UNHCR Thailand office and the Thailand Embassy in their respective nations to get help for this refugee in the Immigration Detention Centre and to ensure he receives adequate medical treatment.  They are also seeking signatures on a petition launched today.

Please sign our petition (click here)

The individual's name and contact information is as follows:

Full name: Noshad Young
Immigration detainee number: 8689
Immigration detention room number: 3

You can reach the UNHCR Thailand office at:
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
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

Please Pray:

That Pak-Christians would be safe and find shelter in Thailand without fear of arrest or mistreatment
For their daily food and shelter and for medical needs to be met
That God would intervene and that Thai authorities would recognise Pakistani Christians asylum seekers
For education to be available to the children and the teachers to be safe from arrest

If you feel led to help suffering brothers and sisters in Thailand, then please (click here) or use these bank details:

Sort Code: 20-44-22
Account number: 43163318
Bank: Barclays

Ref: Love for brothers and sisters in Thailand

If you would like donate using PayPal our PayPal email address is: info@britishpakistanichristians.co.uk.

Any cheques should be made payable to the BPCA to our address: 57 Green Lane, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1XG.
With your support we hope to change the lives of millions of Christians in Pakistan


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