Pakistani Christian Held in Thai Detention Center Dies
(Voice of the Persecuted) VOP has confirmed reports that Pervaiz Masih, a Christian asylum seeker held in the Thailand’s Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) has died.
Pakistani Christian escaping persecution, oppressive conditions and constant threats of violence by extremists in Pakistan, flee to Thailand. Registered as asylum seekers with the UNHCR, their visa’s expire while waiting for their scheduled asylum interviews which can take years. The Thailand government does work with or not recognize UNHCR asylum certificates and considers these persecuted Christians as illegals.
On September 10, 2015, immigration officers along with Thai military forces and police officers raided a low rent apartment complex known to house Pakistani Christian asylum seekers. Masih was arrested with hundreds that morning and living in the deplorable conditions of the IDC for the past 4 months.
Pervaiz Masih had a heart attack and died after being transferred from IDC to Police General Hospital. Pervaiz Masih died is survived by his wife , 4 children and 2 grandchildren.
Please pray for God to comfort the family during this time of extreme grief.
Voice of the Persecuted is helping to care for persecuted Christians seeking asylum in Thailand, including covering the monthly expenses of the in great suffering and getting nutritional food into the IDC as they are fed nothing but cucumbers and rice in boiling water. The children detained with their parents are also give the same. Help us do more in 2016 to comfort our brothers and sisters suffering in harsh conditions in Thailand.
Together with your generous help, we can reach the goal to alleviate horrific suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.
Christmas and New Year Tragedy: Detained Pakistani Christian mother dies in custody
I suggest writing to the Thai embassy in London to highlight this awful treatment of refugees.
A 30 year old Christian woman who fled violence-ridden Karachi in Pakistan and sought refuge in Thailand needlessly died today after she was arrested and detained in horrific conditions for being there after her visa expired, according to the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA).
Samina Faisal and her family had already faced tragedy this year after medical complications led to her losing a baby who was stillborn at 6 months in March. Since then she had been suffering ongoing high blood pressure and hypertension and kidney complications.
Samina was arrested along with many other Pakistani Christians in Thailand on 20th December as part of an ongoing wave of arrests of foreigners deemed to have overstayed their visas. Despite her remonstrations that she was on treatment with long-running health conditions for which she showed paperwork, her arrest stood.
Sources have suggested this ‘crackdown’ was a result of warnings about an Islamic State cell infiltrating the country, but Thai authorities have denied this.
Whilst Mrs Faisal’s situation isn’t known, most Pakistani Christians are asylum seekers who have been given that status by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) but because Thailand refuses to sign the relevant Refugee Protocols that most other nations have, it does not recognize that status, and treats such Pakistani Christians as illegally immigrants.
BPCA chairman Wilson Chowdhry said: ‘Pakistani Christian asylum seekers seized in such raids are taken either to the Immigrant Detention Centre (IDC) or the Central Criminal Jail, and conditions in both are horrific with massive overcrowding, pitifully poor nutrition and the resultant disease epidemics. In these latest raids, at least 80% of the detainees were women and girls, along with babies and other children.’
Women and children caged on Christmas Eve.
After about 10 days in such horrific conditions, the authorities finally took Mrs Faisal to hospital, but it was too late, and she died sometime last night or early this morning. We have one of our staff members visiting the traumatized and grieving family and they have advised us that the authorities are not allowing them to see Samina’s body.
This tragic incident only emphasizes the urgency of paying the fines that let these brothers and sisters out and provides them with immunity from such raids for two years. This costs about £1000 per person.’
Chowdhry added that working with other NGO’s and Thai fellow Christians, they had managed to pay smaller fines to get 11 out of 16 Christians who had been sent to the Central jailed moved to the IDC. ‘However, that just gets them out from a criminal jail into the still intolerably bad IDC, and as we have seen that is costing lives. We know of over 60 Pakistani Christians arrested, with the largest number arrested on Christmas Eve itself. The vast majority are women and children, some of them breadwinners with dependants now in even worse state than before outside.
We need at least £33000 just to get the women detainees and their children out of the hell-hole, and if we don’t get that quick, we will need to spend more just to help provide for those left behind whilst we try and raise funds. The Bail system has only recently re-opened for women and we pray that men will soon be afforded the same freedom, but that will mean we will need a further £65,000 to free them.
Please help us to help our suffering brothers and sisters.
That Pak-Christians would be safe and find shelter in Thailand without fear of arrest or mistreatment
For their daily food and shelter and for medical needs to be met
That God would intervene and that Thai authorities would recognise Pakistani Christians asylum seekers
For education to be available to these children and the teachers to be safe from arrest
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Samina and her family