The Thai government is negotiating with the
United Nations and the South Korean government after Thai police
followed a tip and found
175 North Koreans at a house in Bangkok.
Following a tip-off by the neighbors, the Thai police raided
a house on August 22, 2006, where they
found 128 women, 37 men and 10 children, all North Koreans.
The refugees were being sheltered while seeking
asylum in other countries, including South Korea. See this article at VOANews.com:
Discovers 175 North Korean Refugees Hiding in Bangkok
For your reference, we are attaching a sample letter below.
We urge you to send letters to the Thai Ambassador in your
country requesting that these refugees be safely released to
South Korea or other country where they will not be
repatriated to North Korea.
I take this occasion to express concern for the 175 North Korean
refugees being detained by the Thai authorities since August 22.
The world community is well aware of the excellent humanitarian record of Thailand and its granting of safe passage to North Korean refugees in the past.
There is global admiration for Thailand's Mr. Vitit
Muntarbhorn, both as a distinguished legal scholar and as a tireless worker on behalf of human rights. He has helped reduce the hardships faced by North Korean refugees since being appointed as UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in
I trust you will encourage your government in the strongest possible
terms to continue its humanitarian treatment of refugees
and arrange for the prompt safe passage of the 175 North
Korean refugees to South Korea or other nation where they
can be granted safe haven.
________ Sign ________
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