The misery of Pakistani Christians in Thailand
Sanina Masih was a Christian from Pakistan. She died on the 30th of December 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand, in a detention center for illegal refugees. She was arrested on the 20th of December, became sick inside the prison, had a miscarriage and died shortly after. The two-year-old son has lost his mother. Her husband came to know all this over the phone.
Cases like this are on the increase in Thailand, where about 4000 Pakistani Christians are stuck. They all fled from the terrible living conditions in their home country, which they endured for being Christians.
They fled to Thailand, because this is one of few countries that grants visitor visas without checking the financial affairs of the applicants.
LOCKED UP TO BE EXTRADITED
When their tourist visas have expired, they are seen as illegals although they claim asylum. The government of Thailand does not see them as victims of religion persecution. The refugee council of the united Nations UNHCR is assigned to check their status, but is restricted by the attitude of the Thai government.
Very critical is, that UNHCR is forced to evaluate the Pakistani Christians as “other refugees”, not as religiously persecuted. Requests for interviews to evaluate the status of persecution are treated slowly and delayed again and again.
The local UNHCR office claims, that this is due to the lack of resources. This means that refugees lose their permit to stay in the country, when their two-month visit visa expires. Pakistani Christians are regularly rounded up in big raids and put into the detention prisons.
The conditions there are inhuman. Up to 100 people live in one room, men, women and children are separated. Families are torn apart. The food is terrible, medical help is scarce, visits are forbidden. All are waiting for the interview with UNHCR, which can take years. How many who will be accepted as refugees in the end is unknown.
In addition, all the refugees who don’t speak English are interviewed by Muslim workers from the UNHCR – these are the only ones in Thailand, who speak Urdu, the national language of Pakistan!
Therefore, it is no wonder that Christians, who have been fleeing the Islamic blasphemy laws in Pakistan, do not trust these interviewers. http://www.pakistanchristianpost.com/detail.php?newsid=2038
FEAR IN HIDING
Refugees, who are not yet rounded up, also live in fear. With the expiring of their visa, they lose all their civil rights inside Thailand, they are not allowed to move freely and not allowed to work. So they lock themselves up inside their hideouts, afraid to go out. They are all dependent on the support of NGO relief organizations, most of them Christian.
By all that, the government of Thailand has created a climate of fear in the Pakistani Christian community – with the UNHCR unable to help effectively.
The outcome is: Less Pakistani refugees come to Thailand and more refugees in Thailand are willing to go back to their unloved country. This seems to be, what Thailand wants.
TO BE A CHRISTIAN IN PAKISTAN – DISCRIMINATION AS CULTURE
Back in Pakistan the Christians again will face the well-known terror they fled from: humiliations, insinuations, attacks, violence, sexual harassment. A rapist and murderer of a young Christian just said it before court like this: “Christian girls are only meant for the pleasure of Muslim men.”
Every year, about 1000 underage Christian girls are abducted in Pakistan, forced to convert to Islam and married Muslim men. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdAFjgUEJdo&feature=youtu.be#sthash.5X3nkwY9.dpuf
There are acid attacks and arsons on a daily basis, and terror of the police – again, there was a Christian abducted, tortured and killed by police forces. http://www.christiansinpakistan.com/muridke-christian-man-abducted-and-allegedly-tortured-to-death-by-police-officials/
All this only because they are Christians. Everyone with solid nerves can read a comprehensive report about the monthly crimes on Pakistani Christians here: http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/7086/pakistan-christian-life
Islam is the state religion in Pakistan, 96.4% of the population are Muslims, 1.6% are Christians. Pakistan has strict blasphemy laws, there is a life sentence for desecration of the Quran, a death sentence for insulting the prophet. These laws are probably exercised rather rarely. There are enough muslims who are hysterically religious and easily incited into a rage, that any time can flip over into lynching, who take care of any blasphemy culprit.
People, who defend those accused of blasphemy, often get killed after the trial, by ‘ordinary people.’
A PROMINENT CASE – UNPURE WATER
The case of Asia Bibi made international headlines. This mother of five was accused by colleagues of blasphemy. She was sentenced to death and is sitting since 2010 on death row. Two politicians, who spoke up for her were lynched by a mob. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asia_Bibi_blasphemy_case
This whole case started, when Asia Bibi’s colleagues demanded, that she should convert to Islam because she took water from a well for her colleagues This water was then considered impure to them since it was touched by a Christian.
ESCAPE FROM DEPRAVITY
From the Hatune Foundation’s point of view, it is very comprehensible that people want to escape from this cultural barbarism. Or rather they have to escape, because it is the only thing left in order to survive. The Pakistani Christians deserve our support!
At the Hatune Foundation we are now reviewing how we can help. Our International Director, Hans Erling Jensen, will go to Bangkok in March. We plan practical relief for the refugees, as well as meetings with politicians and the members of the UNHCR. We will, dear readers, keep you informed about the advance of this project.
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