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06BANGKOK2418 STATELESS TIP VICTIMS TO BE REPATRIATED TO THAILAND AFTER 14 MONTH DETENTION

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“61784”,”4/26/2006 8:12″,”06BANGKOK2418″,

“Embassy Bangkok”,”UNCLASSIFIED”,””,

“This record is a partial extract of the original cable.

The full text of the original cable is not available.

 

“,”UNCLAS BANGKOK 002418

 

SIPDIS

 

UNCLASSIFIED

 

SIPDIS

 

DEPARTMENT FOR G/TIP, EAP/MLS

 

E.O. 12958: N/A

TAGS: KWMN, KCRM, ELAB, PHUM, PREL, TH, HUMAN RIGHTS, Hill Tribes

SUBJECT: STATELESS TIP VICTIMS TO BE REPATRIATED TO THAILAND AFTER

14 MONTH DETENTION

 

REF: Bangkok 2291

 

1. Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director-General of American and

Pacific Affairs, Nongnuth Phetcharatana called Charg this morning,

April 26, to report that the Minister of Interior signed an order

yesterday evening to repatriate the remaining six Shan hill tribe

TIP victims detained in Malaysia. The MFA also issued an

instruction to the Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur to start

repatriation immediately. Remaining tasks are to secure approval

from the Malaysian government to release the detainees and to

purchase flight tickets.

 

2. DPM Surakiart Sathirathai intervened several times on this case,

most recently during the last two weeks by raising the issue with

Interior Minister Kongsak Wanthana. Prior concerns in the Interior

Ministry about the legal validity of repatriating non-citizens to

Thailand posed a stumbling block, resulting in the detention of

these stateless hill tribe women since their February 2005 rescue

from a Malaysian brothel.

 

3. As expected, the MFA is curious as to how this repatriation will

affect Thailand\’s tier rating on the upcoming TIP report. LabOff

was noncommittal on the issue, but thanked them for their work,

which he assured them has resolved a longstanding concern about

Thailand\’s perceived commitment to combat trafficking. Post will

follow up as soon as the women have returned, and hopefully

interview them personally on their experiences.

ARVIZU

Written by thaicables

July 11, 2011 at 7:59 am

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