Thailand Forced Deportation of Karen Refugees to Burma Starts 7am, Friday 5th February (click to view PDF)

Media Release From Burma Campaign UK
For Immediate Release 4th February 2010
Thailand Forced Deportation of Karen Refugees to Burma Starts 7am, Friday 5th February.
Thailand is to go ahead with the forced deportation of ethnic Karen refugees back to Burma at 7am this Friday 5th February. 35 families totalling 161 people will be forced back to Burma by the Thai military. The refugees do not want to return, and face possible death or injury from landmines.
Although the Royal Thai Government and local and military representatives have officially stated that they will not force people to return, only one family out of 3,000 refugees genuinely wants to return to Burma at this time. The rest have been facing intimidation and threats to force them to say they want to go back to Burma.
Until now they have been kept in two temporary camps, Nong Bua, (also called No Bu), and Mae U Su, in Tha Song Yang close to the Thailand-Burma border. Many of these refugees have already been forced to flee their homes four or more times.
The Burma Campaign issued a more detailed press release about this issue on the 3rd February:
http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/index.php/news-and-reports/news-stories/3000-ethnickaren-refugees-at-risk-of-deportation-from-thailand-to-burma/13
A full background briefing is available at: http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/index.php/newsand-reports/reports/title/thailand-to-force-3000-karen-refugees-back-to-burma
“The government of Thailand is behaving in the most disgraceful way, sending children to possible death or to be used as child soldiers,” said Zoya Phan, International Coordinator of Burma Campaign UK. “It is inhumane behaviour, and completely unnecessary. Aid agencies are prepared to look after them, allowing them to remain costs Thailand nothing, but the shame this will bring on Thailand will cost them dearly.”
For more information contact Zoya Phan on 447738630139.

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