A Pakistani Christian group based in the UK have praised the UNHCR for assisting an ill Christian Pakistani asylum seeker held in a Bangkok detention center but have condemned Thailand's treatment of refugees.
Wilson Chowdhry, chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, said that UNHCR was both quick and efficient in assisting 52-year-old Noshad Young who was seriously ill and unable to eat while being held in a squalid detention center.
"[The UNHCR] deserve great praise for their efforts," said Chowdhry,
The Christian association says that a UNHCR legal advisor is now working toward a potential bail application for Young.
Chowdhry also condemned the Thai authorities for their treatment of Young.
"Their cruel treatment of Noshad, a doting father who was suffering rapidly deteriorating health, is indicative of the brutality those escaping persecution will face in Thailand," he said.
"[The Thai government's] failure to respond to our call for help illustrates the low worth they have placed on the lives of refugees."
The British Pakistani Christian Association and Responsible for Equality and Liberty launched a petition calling for Noshad's protection by the UNHCR.
Thailand is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention or its 1967 protocol. The Southeast Asian nation also does not have a formal national asylum framework.