Over 400 Pakistani Christian Refugees Arrested in Thailand

ICC Note:

Pakistan continues to be among the most hostile nations in the world towards Christians, despite the fact that there are nearly two million Christians living in Pakistan today. Many Christians faced with intense persecution flee Pakistan in search of safer countries to practice their faith freely. Thailand has been a popular destination for Christians fleeing persecution, but a recent crackdown by the Thai government is making life for these religious refugees more and more difficult. Recently, Thai authorities arrested over 400 Pakistani Christian refugees.  

3/12/2015 Pakistan (CBN) – Police in Thailand have arrested more than 400 Pakistani Christian immigrants, including children.

Several pastors in Bangkok told CBN News many of the Christians fled Pakistan because they were either accused of blasphemy or threatened by radical Muslims.

They have sought work and refugee status, and many reportedly have interview appointments scheduled with the United Nations.

Some of the Pakistani Christians are converts from Islam. Since arriving in Thailand, they’ve depended on churches and others for food and housing.

The Thai government says they are illegal immigrants and should be deported.

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