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Parliamentary questions
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3 September 2018
E-004463-18
Question for written answer E-004463-18
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Ramon Tremosa i Balcells (ALDE)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Thailand: refugees and asylum-seekers of Cambodian and Vietnamese nationality, including approximately 50 children detained and facing deportation — EU actions
 Answer in writing 

According to FIDH and other sources(1):

On 28 August 2018, around 180 refugees and asylum-seekers of Cambodian and Vietnamese nationality, including approximately 50 children — some as young as a few months old — were arrested during a police raid in Bang Yai, Nonthaburi Province, to the northwest of Bangkok.

Most of those arrested had either applied for refugee status with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, or had already been granted such status by the UNHCR.

Thirty-eight Cambodians who were arrested were transferred directly to Bangkok’s Suan Phlu Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) without being taken to court. They remain in detention and face deportation.

Thirty-eight Vietnamese men were sentenced to pay fines of THB 5 000 by the Nonthaburi District Court on charges of illegal entry or illegal stay under Articles 11, 62 and 81 of the Immigration Act.

The detention of refugees and asylum-seekers is in violation of Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The detention of refugee and asylum-seeking children is in violation of Article 37 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

Can the Vice-President/High Representative explain, in addition to following the situation vis-à-vis the Thai authorities closely, what steps have been taken in order to avoid any of the dire consequences that the refugees and asylum-seekers would face if sent back to Vietnam, Cambodia and China?

(1)https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/08/29/thailand-release-ethnic-minority-refugees-asylum-seekers

Last updated: 19 September 2018Legal notice