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Summary: 10 July 2015, Brussels – Statement by the Spokesperson on Thailand’s deportation of persons of Turkic origin.

Thailand’s deportation of around 100 persons of Turkic origin, including women and children, to China is a breach of the principle of non-refoulement, which is a core tenet of international humanitarian law.
Thailand has obligations under the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The remaining people of Turkic origin should be allowed to depart voluntarily to a country of their choice that is willing to receive them.

  • Ref: EU15-283EN
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  • Date: 10/7/2015

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