Monday, December 1, 2014

Hundreds of Thai Uyghur Migrants Flee from Repatriation

NTD TV - 2014-11-15

Thai official disclosed that more than 100 migrants thought to be from China’s Uyghur minority have escaped from shelters in Thailand. The authorities feared they have fallen into the hands of a human trafficking ring. Under pressure from Beijing, media have reported that Thailand was requested to return these Uyghurs to China.

Thai official disclosed that more than 100 migrants thought to be from China’s Uyghur minority have escaped from shelters in Thailand. The authorities feared they have fallen into the hands of a human trafficking ring. Under pressure from Beijing, media have reported that Thailand was requested to return these Uyghurs to China.  AFP reported on Nov. 13 that, “more than 100 migrants thought to be from China’s Uyghur minority have escaped from shelters in Thailand.”  “Thailand has held dozens of the migrants since March, when they were discovered during a raid on a suspected people-smuggling camp in the kingdom's deep south and sentenced for illegal entry,” said the report.  “Songkhla province police had said they were waiting to identify the nationalities of the group before deciding their fate. The migrants claimed they were Turkish, but US-based Uyghur activists identified them as Uyghurs from China's northwestern Xinjiang region.”

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