Thailand’s Criminal Abuse of Refugees: a Shameful 30+ Year Saga

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Earlier today, we featured a report from Bangkok, Thailand by Ed Cropley of Reuters who wrote that North Korean Refugees in Thailand had apparently been subjected to human rights abuses.

This is nothing new for Thailand.

Earlier this year, international human rights groups unanimously condemned Thailand for its abuse of Hmong refugees who had originated in Vietnam (where the Hmong are hated for their assistance of the U.S. during the war that ended in 1975).

But Thai people didn’t just invent their abuse for refugees this year. After we featured the Reuters report on Thai abuse to North Korean refugees, we heard from refugees who had been abused by Thai people dating to 1975.

When the Vietnam war ended in 1975, a vast migration of Vietnamese people began. So many entered Thailand that the Thai government, the United Nations, and international human rights groups established refugee centers inside Thailand.

“But the cost of entering Thailand and the cost of entering the refugee camp was rape,” a Vietnamese American woman told us.

“My sister was raped 13 times,” she said. 

“Many of my relatives disappeared. We are sure they must have been killed.”

“This occurred in 1975 but continued for more than ten years as Vietnamese people came out of their home country,” the former refugee told us.

Thai sailors at sea were notorious as pirates searching the ocean for Vietnamese “Boat People.”

If the Thai men found helpless Vietnamese “Boat People,” they usually killed all and stole anything of value they found.  First they raped the women of all ages.

“I was eight months pregnant,” one told us.  “I was the only person not raped and killed in my boat.  I saw my husband killed and one of my other relatives beheaded.”

No Thai government has ever effectively dealt with the human rights abuses they have witnesses for the last three decades.

One of the more notorious camps for refugees inside Thailand was known as “Sikhiew.”

“When I was 12, my family and I was in a refugee camp called “Sikhiew Camp” in Thailand,” wrote Chhai. “Life in the camp was no different to a prison, I could tell that the grown up were going crazy and very much depressed. There were brick walls surround us, we live, eat, and sleep in a building that housed around 200 people, each person were given a 65cm x 2m space.”

Another woman told us that after 6 PM, Sikhiew became a lawless area.  “Thai men came in, grabbed a refugee woman, and disappeared to rape her all night.”

So it is no surprise that now, as North Korean refugees are supposedly offered “refuge” inside Thailand, these helpless people are the subject of abuse and maltreatment.

Referenced article by Reuters:
Thailand Accused of Abuse, Neglect of Refugees

3 Responses to “Thailand’s Criminal Abuse of Refugees: a Shameful 30+ Year Saga”

  1. P. Kessler Says:

    While there are Hmong in Vietnam, nearly all the abuse there is to Montagnard tribes. It’s the Laotian Hmong and Mien who helped the Americans who are deprived and punished up to this day. They walk 75 or 100 miles south to the Mekong River and swim or float across to Thailand.

    Vietnamese Hmong really aren’t related to the Vietnam War to a great degree and some were on the Communist Vietnamese side. It was the Hmong under Lao General Vang Pao (friend of the Lao king) who helped us destroy men and supplies coming out of North Vietnam illegally and trying to supply the North’s VC and North Vietnamese army forces in South Vietnam who are abused. 30 years after the fact. In 1975, the communists in Laos backed by the communist Vietnamese, their masters, pledged to kill every Hmong in Laos.

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