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#StopTransnationalRepression ❌ Silenced and Stranded: Cambodian Refugees in Bangkok

#StopTransnationalRepression 📣The Cambodian Prime Minister and Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin appear to share an agenda to "crush voices of dissent on Thai soil" said Emilie in an article for Radio Free Asia

“Instead of protecting human rights, Thai authorities actively participate in transnational repression, collaborating with authoritarian neighboring regimes like Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, in silencing dissent.” 

🛂 “Given Thailand's collaborative efforts with neighboring countries to crack down on dissidents within Thai borders, political refugees may face rejection from the NSM under the pretext of 'national security,”

🔒 In Thailand, a country that has not ratified the 1951 Refugee Convention, these individuals live in fear and secrecy, unrecognized as asylum seekers and lacking legal protection, despite being able to register with the UNHCR. 

📄 Under the guise of immigration law, these activists are often detained by police for "overstaying their visa" and face threats of deportation—especially during regional meetings with the Cambodian government, as a means to suppress political dissent and maintain an unchallenged authority.



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