THAILAND: Fears for safety of pro-democracy Burmese activists in Thailand
- "THAILAND: Fears lives of pro-democracy Burmese activists in Thailand"
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ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION - URGENT APPEALS PROGRAM
Forwarded Appeal 22 August 2002
FA-11-2002: Fears lives of pro-democracy Burmese activists in Thailand
THAILAND: Fear of life; the arrest and deportation of Burmese exiles
The following is an urgent appeal from the Asian Forum for Human Rights and
Development (Forum-Asia), based in Bangkok,
regarding the crackdown on dissidents and pro-democracy activists who have
defected from the Burmese military junta regi
me. The Thai authorities arrested 31 Burmese nationals (But Forum-Asia
claims a total of 34 were arrested) who were char
ged with illegal entry in the border district of Sankhlaburi in
Kanchanaburi province on Tuesday.
However, the action is widely believed to be linked to Burma's
preconditions for reopening its border with Thailand. The
re will be Thai-Burmese talks scheduled for early next month, with
reopening the border high on the agenda. We are sure
if the arrested were sent back to Burma, they would be detained, tortured,
and finally killed by the Burmese junta.
AHRC is requesting you to take action to prevent the arrested from being
sent back forcibly to Burma and to prevent any
further crackdown on other activists in the border areas, and to ask the
Thai authorities to allow legal representatives
access to the detainees as soon as possible.
Thank you for your action.
Urgent Appeals Desk
Asian Human Rights Commission
For immediate release
Fears for lives of pro-democracy activists arrested on Thai/Burma border.
21 August 2002
Pro-democracy activists taking refuge from persecution by the SPDC, Burma's
military government, were arrested yesterday
by Thai police who charged them with illegal entry. The activists are
being held in the remote town of Sankhlaburi in K
anchanaburi province on the Thai/Burma border from where they can easily be
forced back into Burma.
Most of the activists are wanted by the SPDC. The Burmese embassy in Bankok
has already called the Sangklaburi police st
ation asking whetherthere were any NLD members in custody, according to an
official at the station.
The group includes members of the following pro-democracy groups, as well
as approximately 20 adults and children attend
ing a Baptist Church run Bible study/english class: National League for
Democracy (Liberated Area) (NLD LA); Democratic
Party for a New Society (DPNS); All Burma Student'S Democratic Front
(ABSDF); Mon Youth Progressive Organisation (MYPO);
People'S Democratic Front (PDF) and the Karen National Union (KNU).
If people from these organisations are forcibly returned to Burma they will
be handed over directly to SPDC troops, wher
e they will be detained, tortured and are likely to be killed.
Ms. Nan Nay Chi Oo of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy was
separated from her 1-year-old child during th
At least three activists were reported to be carrying cards issued by the
UNHCR. Most of the activists have been working
from Thailand to promote democracy and reconciliation in Burma openly for
several years with the full knowledge of the
police and immigration.
The timing of the arrests suggests that the raids were part of a crackdown
meant to placate Burma's military government
as a precondition for the reopening of Thai/Burma border checkpoints, the
closure of which have cost Thai traders heavil
Forum-Asia asks the Thai Government to intervene in the matter to allow
legal representatives access to the detainees an
d to put a hold on deportations. Forum-Asia believes that by deporting
activists back to Burma, Thailand will be placing economic interests before
human lives and eroding its international re
putation as a country dedicated to democratization in the region.
Names of those arrested:
Democratic Party for a New Society DPNS
- Aung Kyaw Soe (regional representative)
- Thien Lwin
National Leaugue for Democracy-Liberated Area (NLD LA)
- Aung San Nyunt, 35 yrs (regional representative)
- Zaw Weik 44 yrs
- Ms. Nan Nay Chi 26 yrs (seperated from her 1 (?) year old child, who
was left outside)
All Burma Student's Democratic Front (ABSDF)
- Thien Lwin (Deputy Regional representative)
- Htet Khaing and Wife (librarian)
- Ms. Khin Moe Way
- Mem Thet San
Mon Youth Progressive Organisation (MYPO)
- Ms. Mi Li Tanyar Mon
- Nai Mon Kyai Hlaing
People'S Democratic Front (PDF)
- Aung Htoo
Karen National Union (KNU)
- Ms. Naw Kha Yu
Bible Class of Baptist Church
- 20 People
For further information or comments please contact Somchai Homlaor,
Secretary General Forum Asia on 66-2-276 9846 or info@...
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