Pakistani Christian Refugees Subjected to Unfair Treatment by UN
02/27/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – According to testimony by Ann Buwalda, Director of Jubilee Campaign USA and founder of Just Law International, Pakistani Christian asylum seekers in Thailand are subjected to unfair treatment by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Due to this unfair treatment, many Pakistani Christians fleeing persecution are denied asylum and forced to return to Pakistan.
Testifying before the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee, Buwalda said, “We have found that with many of the cases within the UNHCR in Bangkok, there are denials because there is an unreasonable standard and burden of proof placed upon them. It clearly appears to us that the UNHCR in Bangkok has placed a higher burden of proof on Pakistani Christian asylum seekers.”
According to Jubilee Campaign, there are as many as 4,000 Pakistani Christian refugees whose cases are pending before the UNHCR in Bangkok. Many have been waiting years for their cases to be heard and fear arrest and imprisonment in Bangkok’s notorious Immigration and Detention Center (IDC).
Pakistani Christians face widespread discrimination and intolerance in their home country. According to Open Doors USA, Pakistan ranks as the fifth worst country in the world for Christians. This widespread persecution has led many Pakistani Christians to flee the country and seek asylum in countries such as Thailand, the United Kingdom, and Malaysia.
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