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Thai activists seek UN help for seven Thais detained in Cambodia

BANGKOK, Jan 10 – The Thai Patriots Network on Monday submitted a
letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the UN office
in Bangkok seeking assistance for seven Thais detained in Cambodia.

Chaiwat Sinsuwong led activists from the Thai Patriots Network to the
world body’s Bangkok regional headquarters to present the letter to the
UN Secretary-General.

Mr Chaiwat said that that matter was of concern to the UN because the
area where the seven were arrested was used by the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to accommodate Cambodian refugees in
1975 after asking for permission from Thailand.

After the UNHCR moved out, some Cambodians have continued to live
there. Accordingly, Thailand believes the arrest of the seven Thais is
in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, Mr Chaiwat said, arguing
that the Cambodian court has no authority to rule in the case but must
send it to an international body for adjudication.

The network called on the UN to help the seven detainees, he said,
adding that he believed the letter would reach the UN secretary-general
on Tuesday and the group’s overseas members will follow up on the
reaction from the world body.

The seven Thais, including Democrat MP for Bangkok Panich Vikitsreth
and Thai Patriots Network leader Veera Somkwamkid, were arrested by
Cambodian soldiers Dec 29 as they inspected the border area in Sakaeo
province.

The detainees face two charges — one of illegal entry into the
Cambodian kingdom, punishable by three to six months of imprisonment
and deportation, while the other involved trespass into a Cambodian
military area without permission, punishable by a three to six months
jail term and Bt7,500-15,000 in fines. (MCOT online news)

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