DAILY SABAH - DEC. 27, 2014
Thanks to diplomatic actions taken by Turkey and the United Nations, some
300 Uyghur refugees in Thailand will not be sent to China, from where
they had escaped and face death if they return. Seyit Tümtürk, the vice
president of the World Uyghur Congress, visited the captured refugees
during his visit to Thailand. He told media that Turkey had taken the
necessary steps to bring nearly 300 Uyghurs to Turkey, who were found at
a human smuggling camp in Thailand a few months ago.
Stating that the Turkish embassy officials in Thailand are closely
following the case, Tümtürk said China's pressure prevents the Thai
government from sending Turkic Uyghurs to Turkey. He also expressed his
concerns regarding the democratic gap caused by the military coup ruling
in Thailand and said the current administration might send refugees
back to China.