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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2964

Thai Immigration hold 113 Sri Lankans pending investigations

Bangkok, 20 July, ( It is now confirmed that 113 Sri Lankan are at present languishing in the overcrowded Thailand’s Immigration Detention Centre located in the Thai Immigration Bureau compound in Soi Suan Plu, Sathorn, Bangkok.

Wimal De Silva, Charge de Affaires of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Bangkok told Asian Tribune that he has already obtained the names and the charges against each of the Sri Lankans presently held in the detention centre.

He said that he had already sent those details to the Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry.

He further said that majority of them have overstayed their visas.

It is learnt that Thai Immigration has not completed the inquiries against the arrested Sri Lankans. Once the inquiries are over detained Sri Lankans might be produced before the courts and subsequently deported back to Sri Lanka.

When asked how UNHCR would be in a position to get those detained people either released or moved to a third country for resettlement Kitty McKinsey, UNHCR’s Public Relations and Information Officer for Asia based in Bangkok, told Asian Tribune, still they have no access to those Sri Lankans detained in the detention centre.

In the meantime Wimal De Silva, Sri Lanka Embassy’s Charge de Affaires told Asian Tribune that he is scheduled to meet the Thai Immigration authorities next week.

- Asian Tribune -

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