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Adhere to rights principles when assessing Uighurs

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The Government must adhere to human rights principles and give Uighur migrants access to the justice system before they are repatriated.

The Government must adhere to human rights principles and give Uighur migrants access to the justice system before they are repatriated, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said after a meeting with the Foreign Ministry and the National Security Council.

A report in The Nation said that the NHRC emphasised the following measures: manage the issue on the basis of human rights principles and international treaties that Thailand signed up to and give the 58 remaining Uighur in the country easy access to legal advice and the judiciary.

NHRC Commissioner Niran Pitakwatchara said the judiciary could help verify facts in individual cases.

He added that the evidence verification process before deportation should respect the internal laws and regulations of Thailand and China, where scores of Uighurs have been fleeing.

"The Uighurs should have the right to protect themselves as they have fled their country of origin over rights violations," Commissioner Pitakwatchara said.

He also called on the government to respect the principle of non-refoulement.

The NHRC said that a report containing details of these recommendations would shortly be submitted to the Prime Minister.

The repatriation of Uighurs to China prompted anger from the Turkic community in Turkey and Europe, with attacks on the Thai Consulate in Istanbul last week.

Date: 18 July 2015

Source: The Nation


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