THAILAND-REFUGEE RAIDS SHOW FUNDAMENTAL POLICY RETHINK NEED
Mae La refugee camp, Thailand, Mar 2007. Flckr in Wikimedia Commons
By Kasit Piromya
Bangkok Post-Oct 27
A few weeks ago — on 8 Oct — Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon announced a crackdown on “overstaying foreigners” in Thailand. Apparently motivated by complaints of foreigners running “suspicious businesses”, Gen Prawit ordered security forces to “eliminate alleged transnational criminals”. What has followed since has been — yet another — dark period for refugee rights in Thailand.
First published in: Bangkok Post