Thailand: Fear of forcible return/arbitrary arrest

The Thai authorities are reportedly preparing to forcibly return a group of 48 Lao Hmong asylum-seekers, including at least 30 children, in breach of international law. The 48 are now held at a police station in the northern province of Phetchabun. On 8 June members of the group telephoned relatives in Thailand, saying that armed police was forcing them onto trucks in order to forcibly return them to Laos.

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